Carla Bruni's first shoot for Bulgari has been revealed. The former French First Lady stars in the jewellery brand's 'Diva' collection campaign, shot by Terry Richardson.
The musician, who is married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, spoke about her decision to star in the campaign, revealing that it was down to her love of the brand.
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"Bulgari is for me the symbol of passion and of this vivid and colourful Roman gaiety," she explained.
"Like the stones of the Seventies bracelet that my aunt wore when I was a child. I loved that bracelet. I loved its joy, its fantasy – I dreamed of one day possessing such a wonder of my own! I was told that, like me, it came from Italy to Paris. Perhaps that was part of why I loved it too."
The shoot marks Carla's return to modelling.
Spotted at the age of 19 and going on to star in campaigns for Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Yves Saint-Laurent, Carla made her name and fortune as a model. But she had a ten-year hiatus to focus on her music career.
By fronting a Bulgari campaign, she follows in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz and Isabella Rossellini, who have all been the face of the brand in the past.
This undoubtedly lucrative modelling coup does not spell the end for Carla's musical ventures. In May, she embarked on a new life after husband Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the polls by Francois Hollande.
Since leaving the Elysee Palace and her glamorous term as France's First Lady, the mum-of-two got back on the music scene, lending her sultry vocals to a duet with Algerian singer Enrico Macias. Their track features on the disc Venez tous mes amis – a homage to Enrico's 50-year-career that includes various artists reworking his favourite hits.
In autumn 2007, Carla met French president Nicolas Sarkozy at an official gathering . A whirlwind media-friendly romance followed with the pair making their union official in a private Paris ceremony at the Elysee Palace on February 2, 2008.
Their daughter Giulia was born in October 2011, joining her half-brother, Aurélien. While the couple decided not to officially announce the birth , the French leader did react warmly when he was congratulated on a scheduled visit.