Rare Glimpses of Brigitte Bardot Make It Hard To Look Away

By Sophia Maddox | May 31, 2023

Her marriage ended after she had multiple affairs

Brigitte Ann-Marie Bardot has been so many things in her lifetime. A sex symbol, a fashion icon, and eventually an animal rights activist. The French actress, singer, and model often referred to by her initials, B.B., shocked the world when she walked away from her career at just 39-years old.

This early retirement may have been prompted by her exhaustion and a desire to focus on animal rights but it also immortalized her former image. Her onscreen presence is now encased in amber, a separate lifetime from the one in which she exists now.

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Sadly, Bardot and Vadim were divorced by 1957 because Bardot had been unfaithful to him. She had affairs with two other men during their marriage but they managed to remain on pretty good terms after their divorce. Vadim was even willing to work with her on a few projects years afterward.

 Lying in the Fields of Louveciennes, 1952

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Brigitte Bardot had a strict upbringing in the seven bedroom apartment of her parents in France. She was trained to have impeccable manners and to behave like a proper young lady. Little did they know that this training would only lead to her rebellion later in life. By the late 1940s, Bardot was pursuing her dream of becoming a ballerina. But her life took an unexpected turn when she was spotted by Hélène Gordon-Lazareff, the then-director of Elle and Le Jardin des Modes magazines.

With her stunning beauty, Bardot was hired as a model and quickly became one of the most sought-after models in France. It was the start of her rise to fame, and the rest, as they say, is history. Despite her strict upbringing, Bardot became a symbol of free-spiritedness and rebellion. Who would have thought that a childhood filled with proper manners would lead to such a wild and unconventional lifestyle? But that's the beauty of Bardot, she always defied expectations.