Carla Bruni Tedeschi was born the 23rd of December 1968, in Turin, Italy. The heiress of a tire manufacturing fortune from her native city, Carla probably didn't even need to pursue the lucrative modeling career she presently has, considering the fortune that awaited her.
Nonetheless, the multitude of fashion shows and modeling shoots she has appeared in has led to her inclusion in BusinessAge's list of the 20 highest-paid models in 1998.
But like most models that have made it huge in the modeling industry, Carla Bruni didn't originally aspire to become a model. After relocating to Paris at age 5, Carla moved to Switzerland to study at a boarding school.
She finally returned to Paris, where her brother Virginio's girlfriend encouraged her to pursue a modeling career. Pretty much convinced, Carla dropped her Arts and Architecture classes at the University of Paris at the age of 19, to be a full-time model.
Signed with City Models in Paris, Carla Bruni has since become one of the fashion industry's most famous faces (not to mention bodies). Her whirlwind climb to the top started out when Paul Marciano, the President and Creative Director of GUESS? Inc., saw a picture of her face in a stack of pictures of aspiring models. The same man who later discovered Shana Zadrick and Josie Maran knew Carla had what it takes to become a star.
it was a great guess?
By the time she had appeared in several GUESS? ad campaigns (one with Estelle Hallyday ), Carla was signed with Women Model Management in New York, Marilyn in Paris, and Storm in London, and was appearing in ads for big-time designers like Chanel cosmetics and Prada.
The list of print ads that Carla Bruni has appeared in include Blumarine, Caractere, Cesare Paciotti, Christian Dior, Escada Couture, Giorgio Grati, Givenchy, L'Oreal, MaxMara, Morgan, and Suzuki.
Carla's face was even chosen over Laetitia Casta 's for an international mutual fund campaign for BNP Paribas Asset Management's Parvest umbrella fund, with the tag line "The most beautiful investment in the world." Indeed.
As for fashion shows, couture houses such as Valentino, Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and John Galliano, were rushing to get Carla on their catwalk, and she has been a staple on the fashion show scene since 1993.
Carla Bruni's brown hair, blue eyes, and beautiful skin have graced the covers of Elle Australia in 1995 and 1996, Elle Hong Kong in 1996, Elle UK in 1995, Glamour Italy in 1995, Max in 1996, and L' Officiel France in 1995
the other woman
Not only has she been on countless international magazine covers, but she has also been the subject of magazine gossip, as she has been romantically linked to Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, tycoon Donald Trump , and actors Kevin Costner and Vincent Perez. Carla was supposedly the reason behind Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's estrangement, as well as the one who came between Donald Trump and Marla Maples.
Carla Bruni has a penthouse in Paris and a vacation home in Saint-Tropez, where she hangs out with her Siamese cats Mitzy and Betty, and plays the guitar in her free time.