France's most famous former sex symbol Brigitte Bardot is cracking down on people "exploiting her image" after threatening legal action against a Riviera shop that was selling Bardot memorabilia.
Published: 8 June 2015 15:05 CEST
Bardot has been a popular subject for photographers and painters alike. Photo: AFP
How would you like a young Brigitte Bardot by your bedside?
Thanks to the work of French painter Sacha, this is a very real possibility – as the artist sells household goods featuring Bardot's image in his beachfront store in Saint Tropez, southern France. The items include anything from candles, watches, shoes, and even keyrings.
However, the husband of Brigitte Bardot, Bernard d'Ormale, is unimpressed that his wife's image is being “exploited” and has threatened legal action.
He has calling the painter's work an “abusive exploitation”.
(Shoes featuring the painter's images of Bardot. Photo: BFMTV)
D'Ormale told the Var Matin newspaper that Sacha never asked for permission to use the images, and told the AFP news agency that both him and Brigitte “demanded an end to the abuse”.
The artist has denied that he was exploiting anyone, as he painted all the images himself. He told Var Matin that he had even tried to contact Bardot in the hope of sending some of the profits to the former actress's charity – The Fondation Brigitte Bardot.
Sacha added that it “made sense” to paint pictures of the iconic actress, as she helped put the city on the map after spending years living there.
The painter added that he was not afraid to head to court, as he was “confident” about the outcome.
(More work from the Saint Tropez painter. Photo: BFMTV)
“When you say Saint Tropez, people reply ‘Brigitte Bardot’,” he added.
The auctioneer Alexandre Millon has offered to loan the 700kg bronze statue, based on an Italian illustrator's drawings of a young Bardot, to the town.
“She is a timeless star,” said Mr Maniscalco.
“She changed how women were seen and undeniably contributed to their liberation,” he explained.
Bardot has not made any on-screen appearances for 40 years and has become somewhat of a recluse.
She will not attend the inauguration ceremony herself but her husband Bernard d’Ormale will be at the event instead on Thursday at place Blanqui.
Nevertheless, the film star handwrote a note to the Saint Tropez’s residents.
“With tears in my eyes, I’m writing to you all to say a big thank from me for giving me this immense honour of a magnificent statue that immortalizes the woman the God created in Saint Tropez!!”, she said.
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