Sunday, December 21, 2008

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Born on 23 December 1967
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is an Italian-born, naturalized French songwriter, singer,former model and First Lady of France. In February 2008, she married French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She held Italian citizenship until mid-2008.

"I don't know what the fuss is about; there are 7,000 girls."
- Carla Bruni, on her "friendship" with Mick Jagger.

She is absolutely ravishing, and her attitude (though hard to endure) makes her seem unobtainable and mysterious, which only adds to her sex appeal. Her come-hither stare, prodding lips and swiveling hips make her a "happily married man's wife" worst nightmare.

Bruni signed with City Models at age 19. Paul Marciano, president and creative director of Guess? Inc., came across her picture among composite cards of aspiring models and chose her to model with Estelle Lefébure in campaigns for Guess? jeans. Bruni subsequently worked for designers and fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel and Versace. By the 1990s, Bruni was among the 20 highest-paid fashion models, earning $7.5 million a year. While modeling, Bruni dated Eric Clapton, then Mick Jagger. On 11 April 2008, a 1993 nude photograph of Bruni sold at auction for US$91,000 (£46,098) - more than 60 times the expected price.

In 1997, Bruni quit the world of fashion to devote herself to music. She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed seven tracks on his 2000 album Si J'étais Elle.

In 2002, her debut album Quelqu'un M'a Dit (Someone Told Me), produced by ex-lover Louis Bertignac, was released in Europe with success in Francophone countries. Three songs from the album appear in Hans Canosa's 2005 American film Conversations with Other Women. The song "Le Plus Beau du Quartier" was used in H&M's Christmas 2006 commercial. While "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" was featured in the 2003 American movie Le Divorce.

album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited. She participated inIn 2005, she was a guest in Louis Bertignac's return album on the song "Les Frôleuses" which they sang as a duet. In 2006, Bruni recorded "Those Little Things" an English-language translation of the Serge Gainsbourg song "Ces Petits Riens", for the tribute the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in a parade paying tribute to the Italian flag.

Her second album, No Promises containing poems by William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rosetti, set to music, was released in January 2007.

Her music career still did not cease after becoming the First Lady. She released her third album Comme Si de Rien N'Était (As If Nothing Happened) on 11 July 2008. The songs are self-penned except for one rendition of "You Belong to Me" and another song featuring a poem "La Possibilité d'une Île" (The Possibility of an Island) by Michel Houellebecq set to music. Royalties from the album will be donated to unidentified charitable and humanitarian cause

First lady of France
Following her marriage to Sarkozy, in February 2008, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy continued accompanying him on state visits, including to the United Kingdom in March 2008, which created a sensation in the international press and the public in the UK and France.

There was controversy on the eve of the state visit to the UK, with the publication by Christie's auction house of a nude photograph of Bruni taken during her career as a model. The photograph sold for $91,000. There was also great interest in Bruni's wardrobe, which was Christian Dior, seen as a diplomatic choice, being a French design house designed by John Galliano, a British designer. Another controversy was the use of a popular photo of the French President and Bruni in the print advertising of Ryanair. The couple was awarded damages by a French court which they donated to Les Restos du Cœur, an organisation which provides meals to the homeless.

Carla Bruni's most famous campaigns were for GUESS, Paciotti and Versace perfume. She made it onto countless magazine covers, including L'Officiel, Glamour and Elle.

Her sensual "cat walk" has made her a favorite of many designers for their fashion shows, including Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace's Versus Donna, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, and John Galliano.

Birth name Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi
Also known as Carla Sarkozy
Genre(s) Folk, Pop rock
Occupation(s) First Lady of France , Singer , Songwriter , Model

Assets:Giant hands
Vices:A list of exes longer than most standard phonebooks
Job:First Lady of France

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