French Muses: Brigitte Bardot

Who?

Brigitte Bardot.

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (Paris, 1934) was born to Louis Bardot and Anne-Marie Bardot, who was 14 years younger than her husband. Her father used to work as an engineer in the family business. Brigitte’s mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance what she proved to have an extraordinary talent to. As a result, she studied ballet as a teenager at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance.

Until 1992 when Bardot’s married her last husband Bernard d’Ormale, the love life of the French actress has been quite bustling and it hogged the whole attention of the gossip magazines of the 1960s and 1970s. Her first married took place in 1952, when she was just 17 years old. She married the also-French director Roger Vadim, seven years older than her to divorce just five years later. On June 1959, Bardot married actor Jacques Charrier by whom she had her only child, a son, Nicolas-Jacques Charrier. However, the couple divorced four years later. Bardot married for the third time with the German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs in 1966 but they also divorced in 1969.

Career

At the age of 15, Bardot started a model career and she appeared on the cover of France’s Elle magazine. In 1952 she was discovered by screenwriter and fulture filmmaker Roger Vadim whom she made her big screen debut in the comedy Le trou normand with. Taking advantage of her huge success in France, Brigitte made her first American production in Un acte d’amour (1954) together with Kirk Douglas. Although the impact of the French actress on the American media was really high, she rarely came back to Hollywood.

However, she became worldwide famous thanks to the role of  “Juliette Hardy” on the film And God Created Woman in 1956. In this film, Bardot played a sexually liberated young woman in the southern on French town of St. Tropez. The film was noted for its daring nudity and sensual scenes that praised Bardot to the status of bombshell. Already as an international star, she has appeared in dozens of films over her career, which she decided to finish in 1973.

After that and till nowadays, the French star has devoted her life and fame to promote the animal rights.

Style

Better known as “the sex kitten”, the sensuality and attraction that Bardot irradiated was highly noticeable and it clearly accentuated her style. She used her famous curves and sex-appeal to enhance the flattery of basics clothes like stripped t-shirts, capri trousers or flats ballerinas. Headbands and off-the-shoulder tops in black, white or baby pink or blue color were the favourite pieces of the French star.  Moreover, prior to Kate Moss or Sienna Miller, Brigitte Bardot already wore the denim ripped shorts to create the popular boho-chic look during her visits to St. Tropez.

As opposed to most of her coetaneous style icons, Bardot did not specially innovate with clothes or always keep a high glamorous image. However, she made real trend like the Bardot neckline (a wide neck that exposes both shoulders. Thanks to her as well, the bikinis and the huge raffia hats started to be a must in all women summer wardrobes.

Her signature sexy cat-eye make up and trademark tousled blonde locks were the key elements of her beauty and they have inspired the new generations.

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