French animal activist BRIGITTE BARDOT, formerly an actress, model and singer, remains one of the most famous icons of the 50s and 60s. She has agreed to answer a few questions exclusively for LaRevista.ro. From La Madrague, her beautiful home in the South of France, Bardot gives insight about her career and early retirement, feminism, her wishes for the future, her foundation’s activities and of course her love of animals.
What are your greatest joys today?
To work for my foundation, surrounded by all my animals, in the middle of a preserved, raw nature.
How many animals do you have now, in your beloved places in Saint-Tropez, La Madrague and La Garrigue?
I have 50 animals of different breeds, starting with a horse and including ducks, dogs, cats, pigs, goats and sheep, a pony, a donkey, chickens, geese, etc.
What is the most important mission that you’ve accomplished through your foundation?
All the little fights that we carry every day are victories against the injustice of animals. The greatest victory is the ban in European territory of all imports of products made of seals and all pinnipeds. It took me 30 years to obtain that!
How would you describe your collaboration with the Romanian authorities regarding the help of animals?
The Romanian government disappointed us and acts cruelly towards animals, in spite of all our efforts in support of the sterilization and neutering of hundreds of stray dogs that were massacred after we left.
How do you perceive your career in the 50s and 60s?
I managed to have an exceptional career in cinema. I was lucky, but I worked hard. This notoriety helps me a lot today in my fight defending animals.
And how do you feel about the way you are described today, as a legend?
I am surprised and delighted by the fact that I’m treated as a legend, but that doesn’t stop me from sleeping at night.
What’s the most flattering thing anyone has ever told you?
When they call me „the fairy of the animals”…
Are you much different in reality, compared to the public’s perception about you?
It’s true, I am different, but at the same time, I’m the same.
How do you see feminism nowadays?
Feminism annoys me. I have a preference for masculinism.
What do you think is the key of a happy marriage?
How important has love been for you?
Love is the engine of my life.
What do you most regret about your romantic life?
I don’t regret anything.
You said in an interview that if you hadn’t retired from acting in 1973, what happened to Marilyn Monroe and Romy Schneider would have happened to you too. Why? What was hurting you so badly during those years?
Cinema is cruel. I didn’t want it to betray me, so I left it when I was young and beautiful!
Do you think that your true vocation was eventually to help animals or was it your life on the stage? If you could start over, would you still become a model, an actress and a singer?
My unconscious vocation is my love for animals. I was born to do what I’ve been doing the last 43 years, to protect them, to fight for them. If I had to start my life over, I would follow the exact same path.
What is it that makes a woman beautiful?
A woman is the reflection of how a man treats her.
And what makes an attractive man?
His intelligence, his elegance and surely not the disgusting beards and moustaches that are so trendy.
What’s the movie scene that always makes you cry?
I save my tears to cry for the atrocious fate of the animals that are tortured in slaughter houses and laboratories and pretty much everywhere.
What annoys you about people?
Their number, they are all glued to each other. Too many, everywhere.
What do you most criticize yourself for?
When I get angry because of little stupid things.
What do you think is the essence of happiness?
Oh la la!
What do you wish for the most?
The happiness of animals. I wish for them to have the right to live free, to cease being considered profitable objects and especially, for us to stop eating them!!!
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Brigitte Bardot is known world-wide for her career as a model, actress and singer. She retired from the limelight in 1973 and in the last 43 years, she has dedicated her life to the cause of animal welfare and protection. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation was officially established in 1986 and has saved thousands of animals all around the world.
Brigitte Bardot, now 82 years old, lives in Saint-Tropez, France.
***Semnat de Corina Stoica