What a run she had. In an era crowded with VIP hyphenates (actors-turned-singer, models-turned-actress, actors-turned-governor), Bruni had more hyphens than anyone else, while keeping au courant with every celebrity trend of our times: Baby bump? Check. Celebvocacy? A natural. First lady fashion showdowns? Mais oui!
For a brief moment, it looked as though the world-class beauty might retire into her new role. She dowdied up her wardrobe just ever so slightly, started wearing flat shoes to better accompany her not-tall husband.
But the swaggering charisma that makes someone a supermodel-turned-pop singer just kept shining through. The new first lady of France posed regally on the cover of Vanity Fair and gave a candid, saucy interview. (“I never realized how many nude pictures I did before I met Nicolas.”)
And then? The first lady of France took a movie role in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”!
And then? She had a baby!
And then? Well, she’s been lying low since the birth of Giulia in October — much like any new mother might, and perhaps our first signal that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy might actually be mortal. But while Sarkozy’s future remains unclear — will he cash in as a high-flying international business lawyer, or plot a political comeback? — Carla has a plan: She’s going back to music.