Snapshot, 1961: Give us a smile, Brigitte!

While today’s ‘celebrities’ assume the role of photographer with their smartphone selfies (Kim Kardashian’s assistant supposedly reminds her thrice a day to take one), that duty in bygone days was assumed by a professional with a heavy Rolleiflex...

However, this lack of first-person control meant they were often caught off-guard in the tabloids, with a mouthful of food, a bad hair day – or like Ms Bardot above, a moody scowl. Taken during her winter holidays in 1961, she appears bored with being the centre of attention. It’s no wonder: in the 1960s, she was the most photographed woman in the world, and could probably still hear shutters snapping in her sleep. Had Twitter existed back then, BB’s status update would probably have read simply “#BBB”: Bored Beyond Belief.

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