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Brigitte Bardot, badass biker babe


Brigitte Bardot posing on a yellow Harley-Davidson chopper built by Maurice Combalbert.
 
It’s fairly well known that golden haired French film goddess Brigitte Bardot was a huge fan of the Solex (or “Velosolex”), a kind of moped/bicycle hybrid which the bombshell was widely photographed riding around in the 1970s. No stranger to knowing how to have a good time Bardot was also photographed tooling around while looking flawlessly beautiful on other kinds of motorized two-wheelers such as a Yamaha AT-1 for which Bardot did a series of 1971 print advertisements clad in hotpants and white gogo boots.

Some of the most iconic photos of the actress/model/singer and animal rights activist (Bardot dedicated herself to helping animals after retiring in 1973) and a motorcycle were taken along with a Harley-Davidson custom built by Parisian chopper pioneer Maurice Combalbert when Bardot performed her wacky love proclamation to the iconic motorcycle on her 1967 French television special Brigitte Bardot Show.

Here’s a nice selection of Brigitte Bardot looking cooler than any of us will ever look on various motorcycles, as well as a few where she’s making riding a regular bike look like the best time ever.
 

 

More Bardot on bikes after the jump…

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Never-before-seen photos of Brigitte Bardot
06.09.2015
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Photographer Ray Bellisario, best known as “London’s first paparazzo,” was absolutely loathed by the Royal Family for his tireless pursuit of their private moments—Prince Phillip got him blacklisted from most British newspapers and joked about sending him to London Tower, and Princess Margaret used to refer to him as “that bloody Bellisario.” Photos of Prince Charles waterskiing hardly qualify as “tawdry” to our modern eyes, but at the time Bellisario was considered the most vulgar of characters—he was not considered an “artist,” to say the least.

Two years ago, Bellisario began selling off his collection—much of it unpublished—for charity; his previously unseen photos of Brigitte Bardot are now being shown at Dadiani Fine Art gallery, a far cry from the Euro-tabloids that made him famous. 13 Unseen Photographs, London 1968 show Bardot as a much more willing subject than the Royals. At this point in her career, she was already a massive star, and likely used to the camera. The pictures are beautiful, and not just because of Bardot. Bellisario has instincts for light and composition, and the random collection candids actually look like a high-end photo editorial spread.
 

 

 

 
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Happy Birthday Bardot: Unleash your inner sex kitten and watch this documentary on the divine BB
09.28.2012
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On the occasion of Brigitte Bardot’s birthday, here’s something from the Dangerous Minds’ vaults:

This French documentary from 1992 is an enjoyable overview of Brigitte Bardot’s forays into pop music. It features insightful interviews with Bardot, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, as well as dozens of clips of Bardot’s appearances in TV shows, Scopitones and movies.

Needless to say (though I’m saying it), Bardot was not much of a singer. But her willingness to poke fun at her sex kitten image and serve as a comedic and visual foil to the gruff machismo of Gainsbourg makes it easy to forgive her limitations as a vocalist and appreciate her sassy self-awareness. She’s having fun and so are we. One gets the impression that Bardot was perfectly content with her status as a pop icon, leaving the existential Sturm und Drang to her chain-smoking, brooding co-star.
 

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Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
11.20.2009
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My earlier detour to Tosh Berman’s site tipped me off to the forthcoming Serge Gainsbourg bio-pic.  Forthcoming in France, anyway—I’m not exactly sure when Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life will see its American release.   Judging from the following NSFW-ish trailer, though, the casting seems pretty spot-on, and forget it’s all in French: much like Serge’s music, it doesn’t need much in the way of translation.

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Brigitte Bardot and the Original Papparazzi: An Exhibition of Rare Original Photographs
09.11.2009
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Fifty years ago, an Italian photographer named Tazio Secchiaroli became the symbol of a new generation of photographers. His nom de guerre was Paparazzo and he was the photographic bounty hunter of the Via Veneto in Rome in the 1950s. Secchiaroli was the first of the paparazzi, immortalised by Federico Fellini in his 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Calling himself an ?

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