The limited edition „Belle Femme du Monde No.1“ includes a total of 322 handbags only. In a concealed section, each bag includes a genuine piece of handwritten answers of the French actress on
interview questions of the PRIMA magazine from June 2010. We have cut this rare document into pieces under the supervision of a notary, sealed them in acrylic panels and worked them into our
luxury bags. Each bag comes with a glossy photo of the complete original document.
In the 1950s/60s Brigitte Bardot was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. As a sex symbol, 'B.B.' was the European answer to Marilyn Monroe. Her signature marks: Wild hair,
cheeky look and a pout – half a vamp, half a lolita. With her sensual and self-confident beauty, paired with uninhibited eroticism, she created an entirely new women's image. She became an icon
of media history and pioneered the sexual revolution.
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot was born 1934 in Paris to a well-off family with very traditional and strict behavioural standards. She was demanded to address her parents by the pronoun "vous", which
is used to address respectable persons in the French language. Until the age of fourteen Brigitte was only allowed to leave the house when accompanied by her nanny or parents.
When she was 14, the young ballet student was discovered as a model by a photographer. Within a few months she became one of the most sought-after mannequins in Paris and presented haute couture
models to wealthy customers in the fashion designer’s salons. Only one year later, in March 1950, Brigitte appeared on the cover of Elle, which brought her an acting offer for a film. At the
audition, she met the film director Roger Vadim whom she married in 1952.
Vadim, seven years her senior, had a decisive influence on the career and image of the young woman, who regarded herself as rather ugly. He made her change her natural brunette hair colour and
draw the photographers' attention at the Cannes Film Festival to her new blond mane, lascivious pout and provocative bikini poses. From her early films and photos, she helped to popularise the
bikini which was then a new fashion of wearing minimal swimwear.
In 1956, Bardot starred in the melodramatic film ‘And God Created Woman’ under the direction of Vadim. The film was a huge success all over the world and turned the young woman into an
international star overnight. The myth 'B.B.' was born.
Some permissive erotic scenes, shocking for the prudish 1950s, were cut out of the film copies. Most of her movies provoked the moral feeling of the time. Priests demonized her as 'satan's bride'
off the pulpit and tore the film posters to shreds.
But the actress also caught the attention of French feminists. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir's 1959 essay ‚The Lolita Syndrome‘ which described Bardot as a ‘locomotive of women's
history‘ and declared her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.
La Bardot acted in 47 films. Being the export hit No. 1 for years, she also received offers from Hollywood, but preferred to stay in her home country. As a sign of appreciation of her tribute to
France, she was the first actress to model the bust of Marianne, the national symbol of the French Republic. In 1985, she was awarded the medal Légion d'honneur, the highest French decoration for
military and civil merits.
For nearly twenty years 'BB' led a glamorous jetset life and was a favourite object of the paparazzi. Lovers and husbands changed frequently, she was married four times altogether. Among her
conquests were actors like Alain Delon and Jean-Louis Trintignant, as well as the singers Gilbert Bécaud and Serge Gainsbourg.
The rich playboy Gunter Sachs, who became her third husband, threw hundreds of roses from the helicopter above her villa in St. Tropez to court her.
Ruthlessly hunted by the paparazzi, La Bardot was one of the most photographed women in the world in the 1950s and 1960s. She was often spotted at the Côte d'Azur, which became an international
hotspot for the rich and famous fuelled by her prominence.
At the age of 38 she ended her film career and withdrew from the entertainment industry. After retiring from acting she devoted herself to her great passion, the promotion of animal rights and