Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Around the World in 80 Pin-Ups

After a whirl-wind weekend in Vegas, with amazing people from 27 different countries, I think it's only fitting to post a new "International Pin-Up Appreciation Post" for today's Rockabilly Sophisticate. :)

There is one French style icon that comes to mind, who I know you've all heard of. And that is no other than the breathtaking Brigitte Bardot.

Bardot: The woman who was said to have "done more for the French international trade balance than the entire French car industry!"

Beyond her incredibly successful film and music career, she was one of the most important style icons of her time.

She single handedly popularized the bikini, and even coined the term "Bardot Neckline" for wearing shirts and dresses with necklines that exposed the collar bone and both shoulders. Talk about sexy!

Bardot was born in Paris in 1934, and became one of the few European actresses to find mass media attention across the globe, including the US.

The Beatles adored her, women all over the world tried to imitate what she called the "choucroute" ... or "sauerkraut" hair style she wore. (A sort of messy blonde beehive) ... Andy Warhol used her as a subject in his paintings, and Bob Dylan even dedicated the first song he ever wrote to the French beauty who so clearly penetrated all international boundaries.

Talk about an amazing "Pin-Up" and an amazing life to boot. :)

1 comment:

  1. I adore her! Have always wished my hair could do what hers does. Definitely one of my favorite style icons. But funny, that I always forget she was French! Thanks for reminding us!