Today is French bombshell and noted racial shit-stirrer Brigitte Bardot's 77th birthday. The model, actress and sometime singer still makes lists of the most-desirable women of all time, and her press photos and modeling snaps are still drooled over by men of all ages. Hell, my own grandfather probably had some of her pics in his Air Force foot locker for decades before I was even born.
Along with Ann-Margret, Twiggy and Sophia Loren, Bardot made up this menacing pack of '50s and '60s sex kittens that were almost cruel in their rampant sexuality, and they all listened to rock music, smoked marijuana cigarettes and had affairs with the kind of rich men who signed the checks that made the world go 'round.
The Beatles and Bob Dylan were obsessed with her, writing songs about girls that in their heads no doubt looked like her, and even her own music was a hit in Europe, though you were more than likely paying for the album cover.
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Filmwise, you need to start with ...And God Created Woman, Naughty Girl, The Vixen, Contempt and Two Weeks in September. Her 1952 film The Girl in the Bikini helped push bikini science to the forefront of pop-culture, and her hairstyle, the choucroute, became popular with '60s mod girls. Her figure was used in 1970 as the model for the French patriotic talisman, the Marianne, and Catherine Deneuve and Laetitia Casta would follow in her footsteps as Marianne models.
Starting in the late '90s, she began to come out against the "Islamicization of France" and would lash out at gays and Sarah Palin, fight for animal rights and generally be your typical crotchety old woman. She was actually fined by the French for what they saw as inciting racial hatred, too. She is scared of Muslims in France, but loves sheep and polar bears, somehow.
But let's set that all aside and dig into the ten best pictures of Brigitte Bardot. She's old enough now that you can look at these at work and say you are just doing research for a younger relative on some report about French culture if someone complains.