BRIGITTE BARDOT: A BOURGEOIS WAY OF LIFE

BB: SHE HAD ALL THREE. ACTRESS, SINGER AND MODEL. HER BENEVOLENT BEEHIVE RULED THE 60S, ECHOING ETIQUETTE. BORN INTO A STRICT CATHOLIC FAMILY IN 1932, HER UPBRINGING WAS SURROUNDED IN SOPHISTICATION. WITH INTENTIONS TO BE A BALLERINA, WHO KNEW SHE WOULD BECOME A DIAMOND DEITY TO THE ERA. SO WHAT ATTRIBUTES CAN WE GRASP FROM THIS GODDESS?

At just 15 years old, Bardot was the face of Elle Magazine in 1950. She then broke into her cinematic calling with Crazy for Love in 1952 and starred in 47 films before an early retirement. She then followed a career in music, recording numerous songs. The blonde bombshell was the lust of many musicians: there were rumours of sex with Jimi Hendrix and she was in John Lennon’s living room for crying out loud.

During this time she founded her staple style in fashion. Infamously snubbing Chanel and supporting boutiques like Biba instead, Brigitte was brave, especially in her appearance. It was a risk worth taking though, as she still stands today as a true sixties spirit. Although deemed a rah-rah with her rich background, no one can deny that her flair for fashion was impeccable. Kohl rimmed eyes, pout-perfect lips and that backcombed beehive teamed together to make any human swoon. It’s a timeless look, one we can be inspired by and take staple pieces from.

Retiring prematurely from the circus of film, Bardot was unapologetic. In today’s society there is an abundance of pressure to dedicate a career in a certain direction, or surround yourself in just one area of work. Our capital is nation of addicted 9-5 minions; in reality we should relax, and realise that sometimes change is for the better. That, or really feel the French culture by having lunch at the turn of 12, taking your time to enjoy it with a goblet of red wine.

Being the ultimate sex kitten herself, it seems only natural that she’s dedicated her life to animal rights. ‘Foundation Bridget Bardot’ was formed in the 80s, and in association with the Council of Europe resulted in the ban of ivory imports and the selling of sea fur. Now, I’m not preaching that you once you’ve read this article you should convert to the vegan life and banish all bacon, but it would be admirable to help the furry friends once in awhile. Opt for organic, sip on soy milk, try a little tofu… it’s pretty tasty and it may do wonders for your waistline too.

The main attribute which shone from Bardot was her freedom. In that era it was considered unheard of to marry more than one partner. Before she met Bernard d’Ormale, Brigitte had three previous husbands, sticking it to Hollywood society and proving that one doesn’t have to settle down straight away.

Being so libérée had its shortcomings though. Brigitte, rigidly outspoken about the method of the halal meat industry, was fined for numerous cases of racial hatred in 1990s. It’s not something to aspire to whatsoever, and it tarnishes her personality in a negative light today; quite rightly so too. Nevertheless her dedication to her charity is solid, and her unabashed views have made her notorious.

Now in her 80s, she’s embraced the impending side to beauty by shunning plastic surgery. Leaving such a legacy with her looks, she stands as truly inspiring icon for women of past and present. My grandma, (coincidentally also French) loved her and admired her for her elegance, and they both radiate confidence. There many who elect for surgery to battle age, which of course, is utterly their choice and right to do so. But like Bridget and my Grandmère, entering a new phase of life should be an exciting prospect. Though who am I to stipulate; I’m a twenty-something-year old journalist with bags as big as Balmain underneath my eyes.

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