French sex symbol, singer, and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot celebrates her 80th birthday today. The blonde bombshell actress—who once became the official face of France’s national emblem in 1969, Marianne—is known for her effortless style. Bardot retreated from the spotlight more than 40 years ago, but thankfully we have her music and film projects to pour over for style tips. Here are ten of Bardot’s most iconic fashion moments.
Bardot’s bikini at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival turned heads. The outfit won a spot on our Unforgettable Pop Culture Bikinis list:
Brigitte Bardot’s sexpot image was born on the beaches of Cannes during the sixth year of the esteemed festival. The 18-year-old unknown actress was photographed by paparazzi during the 1953 French fest. Her appearance almost singlehandedly reinvented the image of the starlet as a liberated, natural, and spontaneous woman. Unfussy hair, bare feet, and a playful bikini put her in the public eye, and the actress rose to stardom three years later in Roger Vadim’s Et Dieu… créa la femme (And God Created Woman).