Last Saturday, I started my new 'Saturday Style Icons' and began with Audrey Hepburn. This was a success and you seemed to like it so I couldn't wait to share with you my next icon, Brigitte Bardot.
Brigitte Bardot was born in 1934 in Paris and as a child was encouraged by her mother to take up music and dance which Bardot was very good at. When she was 15, Bardot was trying to develop a modelling career and ended up being featured in French magazine, Elle. As she was now becoming a successful model, she wanted to try her luck on the screen and debuted in Crazy for Love (1952).
Brigitte continued to appear in French films, but also made American productions and created quite a stir with her beautiful kitten like features. The USA were fascinated with her and she featured in many more magazines and films.
However, all this fame comes with its drawbacks as she was often hounded by the paparazzi and fans would try to enter her home. In 1973, just before she turned 40, Bardot retired. She said that retiring was "a way to get out elegantly". Once she retired, she become involved in animal rights and started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" for the welfare of animals.
Brigitte is a style icon because she created the off-the-shoulder Bardot neckline, popularised the bikini and made gingham stylish. Her style screams Parisian chic and you could often find her wearing a breton top (my favourite) with a pair of peddle pushers or capri pants - She knew how to show off her curves. I would say her style was definitely flirty.
What do you think of Bardot's style?
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