Giuletta's mother had died in childbirth. Her father, Count Luchino Nefaria had her sent to the Frost family in order to give her a 'good life', and partially because he had preferred a male heir instead.
After revealing her true parentage, Whitney was forced to work for her father. She became the leader of Maggia under the codename "Big M". She attempted to infiltrate Stark Industries using her charms to seduce SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell. Her plans went awry as she actually developed romantic feelings for Sitwell. Her plans also further fell apart as she was involved in an accident and her face was permanently disfigured. She became affiliated with Mordecai Midas and acquired a golden mask to cover her scarred face. This resulted in another code name for her: Madame Masque.
In a far fetched scenario, Midas captured Anthony Stark, believing him to be an imposter and an incredible look-alike, and ordered Nefaria to train Stark and infiltrate Stark Industries and replace its current leader (actually a Life-Model Decoy of Anthony Stark deviating from its original programming), to return control of the company back to Midas. The plot failed. However, Nefaria began to develop strong feelings for Stark who insisted that the mask she wore was not an obstacle for him to overcome. Nefaria and Iron Man were involved in several adventures. However, Nefaria still held strong feelings for Jasper Sitwell. When she told Iron Man her feelings for Sitwell, Stark moved on with is life. At this time Sitwell was also severely injured by Spy-Master, hovered near death and went through a grueling rehabilitation. Sitwell and Nefaria also drifted apart.
Many months later, Midas again sent Madame Masque to infiltrate Stark Industires, posing as his new secretary Krissy Longfellow. However, she fell in love with Stark despite the fact that Jasper Sitwell had been reassigned to safeguard Anthony Stark again. Stark and Nefaria became very close, sharing a penthouse apartment in Manhattan. However, when her father Count Nefaria faced grave illness, she returned to her criminal ways. She helped capture Stark with the help of the Ani-Men in an attempt to coerce Stark into curing her father's ionic induced, life-threatening aging. Stark escaped Nefaria's plot and steadfastly refused to release her father from incarceration. Masque responded by battling Iron Man with weapons from Stark International. In the ensuing battle Count Nefaria was believed killed. This was the final straw for Giuletta, as she left Stark and soon returned to her criminal mastermind ways.
Nefaria was incensed when Stark soon began a relationship with Bethany Cabe. Among other plots against Stark, she also attempted to murder Cabe. She also told Cabe of Stark's secret identity as Iron Man (which Cabe had already deduced on her own). While later working with Obadiah Stane, Masque temporarily had her mind switched with Bethany Cabe's. Her assassination attempt on Stark was averted, and their minds were switched back.
Count Nefaria was revealed to have been alive the whole time. After he reorganised the Maggia, agents were sent to find Whitney, who recruited her into the Maggia. After his father's capture, she got to be head of the Nefaria family within the Maggia.
Powers and Abilities
Madame Masque is skilled in the use of several weapons as well as vehicles. Her clones are able to pass themselves off as other women. She is proficient with disguise, small arms, and has shown ability as a gymnast.
Nefaria's greatest weakness is her neurosis and paranoia. Her childhood as well as her facial disfigurement are probably contributing factors. Her conflicted nature causes moral dilemmas for her as she is capable of both great compassion and great cruelty.
Equipment: She wore a golden mask to cover the scar on her face.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: Masque often carried a gun loaded with normal rounds and also capable of firing various types of gas. She also developed an ionic lock weapon for use against her father.
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