Take Brigitte Bardot as an example of how attractive women were before the use of Botox and breast implants.
Throughout the 1950s, the French singer and actress rose to fame in Europe, but Brigitte was also well-liked in America.
Try not to grin when you see this emblem today; after leaving the spotlight, she opted for animal welfare causes rather than cosmetic enhancement.
On September 28, 1934, Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot was born in France.
She has always been a stunning woman to look at, but happily, she is equally stunning on the inside. I have always admired Brigitte because of her lifelong devotion to animals, and I will always have a special space in my heart for this elegant lady.
She began her modeling career when she was 15 years old. In her early years, she wanted to be a ballerina, but as a teenager, she found herself on the cover of Elle magazine.
A chain of events quickly resulted in the gifted young woman landing an acting role and attracting the interest of French intellectuals.
For the European post-war generation, Brigitte became the sexiest of all the sex symbols after appearing in multiple films in the early 1950s. When she first appeared on the screen in And God Created Beauty in 1956, she was heralded as a global superstar.
In Europe, the film was a great blockbuster, making Brigitte an instant phenomenon and giving rise to her “sex kitten” character. Meanwhile, the film garnered criticism and outrage in the conservative United States. Even some theater managers who showed it were arrested.
With her elegant and unforced manner, Brigitte, who was born into a prosperous family of entrepreneurs, contributed to redefining the idea of the modern lady. But, she had no idea when she was a young girl that she would one day be regarded as the pinnacle of beauty. She actually believed she was “ugly” as a child.
Brigitte Bardot in a publicity shot from A Very Private Affair.
“I come from a decent family, and I was raised quite properly. She subsequently recalled, “One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian.
Her first significant English-language role was as Dirk Bogarde’s love interest in the film Doctor at Sea. She planned to become famous in the middle of the 1960s, aiming for a global breakthrough.
The French-born actress made her Hollywood debut in 1966, but it proved difficult to win over the American public, and the film (Dear Brigitte) failed to become a great hit.
It was impossible to miss Brigitte with her long blonde hair, gorgeous skin, sensory pout, and generous figure. Yet her films in Hollywood were failures and box office duds. She featured with Sean Connery in the 1968 Western Shalako, which raised anticipation, but the movie garnered mixed reviews.
When Brigitte announced her retirement in 1973, she surprised a lot of her fans. She remained a well-known celebrity and was still extremely engaged in the entertainment sector.
Yet that was also the reason she made the decision to end it all since the pressures of celebrity life ultimately killed her.
“The majority of great actresses met tragic ends. When I said goodbye to this job, to this life of opulence and glitter, images and adoration, the quest to be desired, I was saving my life,” Bardot told The Guardian.
“In the beginning, I enjoyed having people talking about me, but very quickly, it suffocated and destroyed me. Throughout my 20 years starring in movies, each time filming began, I would break out with herpes.”
She isolated herself from the outside world after retiring.
Brigitte was able to get back up, though, and made the decision to put her fame to good use. She started the Brigitte Bardot Foundation 13 years after she retired.
She became interested in animals in 1962 when she was only 28 years old.
“She did not get much affection from her parents, and when we started dating, she didn’t want jewels, but a dog,” Roger Vadim, the director of And God Created Beauty and Brigitte’s first husband, told People.
He added: “She was always allergic to fame, power and everything that connoted success. The innocence and honesty of animals reassured her.”
The group has done a lot of good over the years and advocates for animal rights. The foundation, for instance, funds environmental initiatives. Additionally, it has helped build shelters for abused bears in Bulgaria, koalas in Australia, and elephants in Thailand, as well as funded a wild animal hospital in Chile.
Brigitte Bardot is still remembered even at the age of 88.
In 2020, Vogue hailed Brigitte as one of ”The most beautiful French actresses of all time.”
One of the most recognizable faces, models, and performers of the 1950s and 1960s, the 88-year-old cinema classic and former blonde bombshell set new fashion standards with her hair and cosmetics.
She resides in La Madrague, a French beach hamlet, according to reports. The former celebrity is wed to wealthy businessman Bernard d’Ormal. They got hitched in Norway on August 16, 1992, and have been together ever since.
Still a powerful and involved animal activist, Brigitte. She was questioned about what motivates her to get out of bed in the morning in an interview with Vogue.
”The suffering of animals,” she answered.
”You probably know that I find walking difficult these days. I can’t go for long walks any more, or go swimming. But I’m lucky, compared to what animals suffer. The dozens of letters I receive every day testify to the horrors that animals are still being subjected to.”
Even now, Brigitte Bardot is a stunning, authentic woman. She has a unique beauty that is timeless, making it difficult to believe she is older.
Thank you for all the movies, songs and for making your voice heard!