Brigitte Bardot then and now: See the bombshell through the years

Nobody does it quite like Brigitte Bardot.

One of the ultimate sex symbols of the 1960s, Bardot shot to fame when she was just a teenager. After making her film debut in 1952, the French-born beauty made international waves, quickly grabbing the attention of Hollywood bigwigs.

Little-known fact? The iconic blonde bombshell isn’t really a blonde! It was in 1956 that she bleached her naturally-dark hair, and the rest is history.

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But the lifetime of a Hollywood starlet wasn’t what Bardot really craved. An impassioned animal welfare activist, she’s spent the past few decades dedicated and much of her money) to protecting all types of creatures around the globe.

In April 2019, Bardot, now 84, published a memoir documenting her work. “Tears of Battle: An Animal Rights Memoir” details her years of impassioned advocacy.

“I know what it feels like to be hunted,” Bardot recently told The Guardian. “Humans have hurt me. Deeply. And it is only with animals, with nature, that I found peace.”

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