Beauty Icon: Brigitte Bardot

Born in Paris, Brigitte Bardot trained as a ballerina before turning to modeling, landing the cover of French ELLE in 1950, and catching the eye of director Roger Vadim, who’d both marry the actress and direct her in And God Created Woman. It was that film—and the nearly nude photos she continued to pose for throughout the decade—that made her name synonymous with sex kitten.