Like so many of these celebrities, modeling was the boost they needed to go on to something even bigger. This was the case for Brigitte Bardot when her appearance on the cover of French Elle prompted French director Roger Vadim to send her to Hollywood. She’d previously been modeling in runway shows and fashion magazines.
Bardot would go on to be one of the best-known sex-symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in films such as And God Created Woman, and The Truth. By 1973 she’d had enough of the film industry and officially retired. She’s spent most of the rest of her life as an animal rights activist.