Rare Glimpses of Brigitte Bardot Make It Hard To Look Away


Bardot became a world renown fashion icon 

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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Bardot became a fashion icon, setting trends left and right. It was Bardot who popularized wide neck tops that expose the shoulders, especially in knitted sweaters. Because of this, the cut became known as the "Bardot neckline," after her. Bardot’s early work like Manina (1952) also helped to popularize the once “scandalous” bikini.