Rare Glimpses of Brigitte Bardot Make It Hard To Look Away

By Sophia Maddox | August 11, 2023

She was given the cover of Elle Magazine at fifteen 

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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In 1949, at 14-years-old she was invited to model in a fashion show. Soon after the show, she modeled for the fashion magazine Jardin des Modes. A year later she was a cover girl. At 15-years-old she was on the March 8, 1950, cover of Elle Magazine. Each gig soon led to the next, a domino effect leading her towards inevitable fame began at a very young age.

Brigitte Bardot at home in Paris, 1952

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In the 1950s, Brigitte Bardot was like a kid in a candy store, giddy with excitement about her newfound celebrity and movie star status. She had initially trained to be a dancer, but it wasn't long before her stunning beauty caught the eye of a modeling scout, leading her down a completely different path. And then, as luck would have it, she started a relationship with the director Roger Vadim, and suddenly, her acting career took off like a rocket. She became a sensation almost overnight, and she was loving every moment of it. She was always smiling, always having fun, and always living life to the fullest. And you couldn't blame her, she was finally getting to live out her wildest dreams, and she was doing it with style and grace. It was a joy to see such a beautiful and talented young woman having the time of her life, and we were all along for the ride.