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PHOTO ESSAY MAKEOVERS - Reinventing Brigitte Bardot

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History often repeats itself and so does fashion. Designers borrow a style from a previous decade, give it a slightly different rendition and make it new again. For the younger generation it is a new horizon and the rest of us wonder why we ever discarded those clothes!

Hairstyles for the last 5 years have been very flat and straight. The beauty industry is now introducing volume and curl to the hair. The Brigitte Bardot look can be seen in Guess Jeans ads, shampoo commercials and movies.

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Vogue Ad
 
Brigitte Bardot was born in Paris on September 28, 1934. She was first recognized when she appeared in Elle Magazine in 1949. She married Roger Vadim in 1952 and starred in his film And God Created Woman in 1956. This brought her world-wide recognition. Throughout the 1960s, she had an image of both an innocent young girl and that of a sexy wild woman. She coined the name “sex kitten” because of this persona. She retired from films in 1974 and has since been involved with various animal rights causes. She has done more for animal rights that any other person.
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Brigitte Bardot

Recently, a long time client of mine named Karin, decided to change her tinted red hair to blonde. After lightening her hair, I realized that she resembled Brigitte Bardot. I asked her if she would be interested in doing a photo shoot to recreate that look. She said that she didn’t know who Brigitte Bardot was. Of course she didn’t. She was born the year Brigitte Bardot retired from film. I downloaded some pictures of Brigitte from the internet and gave them to Karin. She was a bit apprehensive about being able to look like that but was excited about the possibility. We set a date and the fun began.
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Karin sits under the dryer
with her blonde color.

I tinted her hair blonde, and cut it into layers. It was then set on hot rollers. After combing it out, I added hairpieces and a bit of backcombing to give her volume. My co-worker, Pamela Joyce, applied makeup, consisting of pink lipstick, eyeliner and false eyelashes. She also waxed her brows to give her a “Hollywood” look.

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A haircut and a blow dry take us closer to the "Bardot" look.
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Pink lips, eyeliner and false eyelashes add glamour.
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An electric roller set gives us the volume that we need.

The photos shown here are the end result of our time together. Karin was a great model. When she is not posing as Brigitte Bardot, she is a secretary in San Francisco.

Remember that glamour is applied from the outside and beauty radiates from within!

POUR TOUJOUR LA FEMME FATALE


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Hair and Photos by Kathie Rothkop
Makeup by Pamela Joyce







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