I am a shameless celebrity stalker of some people. Certain influential figures; actresses, princesses, politicians, writers, academics, are able to transcend their professional roles and become ICONS. 

I admire people who are thrust into the spotlight and maintain a certain aloofness, a sense of privacy and nonchalance. Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, Claire Danes, Emmanuelle Beart, Audrey Tatou, Marillon Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Veronica Lake, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet typify this kind of professional distance for me. I don’t want to know everything about their lives but from time to time, hearing what they think and seeing them take a stand for the things they care about (animal rights, refugees, adoption, eco-shoes) is fulfilling in some way. 

For me, Carla Bruni represents a new kind of feminism. Yes, she is a fashion model and an heiress but she does not comport herself like any of these things. Polished and urbane, she charts her own course through life, rolling with punches and thriving in several different careers. She is at once feminine and masculine, with that French glamour that we American women love but can’t seem to ditch our spray tans and hair dye for… carla_bruni-sarkozy__21326g3

Like Michelle Obama, she seems slightly uncomfortable in her “work” clothes, the kind of lady-like, demure skirt-suits that most female heads of state wear. What should powerful women wear? Should we care so much? Are French women really sexier? Let me know your thoughts. 

Fascinating Carla interview:


How she met Sarko:


“Mr Séguéla said he concluded straight away that Ms Bruni was interested in the President because she wore flat-soled pumps, a practice that she has since adopted to avoid towering over her shorter husband.”

Called it! See my ballet flats article in the archive…