Carla Bruni with future husband Nicolas Sarkozy in Cairo in December 2007. See more photos of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. (Ben Curtis/AP)

Back in her supermodel days. (Paolo Cocco/Reuters)

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!

With Michelle Obama in 2010. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

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.”)

With Owen Wilson in “ Midnight in Paris.” (Roger Arpajou)

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.

Carla, pregnant, in September 2011. (Jacques Brinon/Reuters)

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy singing on a French talk show in 2008. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

Dating a president? Not exactly model behavior, 1/13/08

High-profile romance gets serious for Sarkozy, 1/8/08

France’s Sarkozy quietly weds former model Carla Bruni, 2/3/08

Carla Bruni album ‘Comme Si de Rien N’Etait’ reviewed, 8/5/08

Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy speak, but don’t fight, through fashion, 3/28/10

Hey, isn’t that: Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy order a half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl, 3/30/10

Carla and Nicolas after an election debate this month. (Thibault Camus/AP)