Brigitte Bardot aged 17, in her second film, Manina, la fille sans voiles (1952). Or: Manina, the Girl in the Bikini as it was called in English.

Photo by Edward Quinn.

She never cared much about acting, and once said, “I just showed up, said my lines, and hoped I didn’t make a fool of myself.” That she didn’t: for someone uninterested in acting she was actually pretty good at it, as films like La verité (1960) and Vie privée (1962) prove.


I was on the beach yesterday and I was walking and a gentleman came up to me and said ‘are you here for the conference for the festival?’ and I said yeah I am. He said ‘are you an advertiser?’ and I said no I’m a performer, I’m here to talk to a group of females CEO’s because I’m a very young female CEO. And he said ‘um… you don’t look like a CEO to me, you are not what I really picture when I picture a CEO’ and so I said well I’m very happy I get to change that!

Monsters also show us that it’s possible to breathe and exist in a realm of imperfection, because yes, perfection is impossible and truly unnatural… imperfection, I think, is a perfectly attainable goal, especially for me. There is beauty and humility in imperfection.
—  Guillermo Del Toro during his speech at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival