Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi near Christmas time in 1967, and she has the type of fairytale life so many young girls dream of living. Born in Italy she is the heir to a fortune. Her grandfather accumulated the family wealth with the Italian tire manufacturing company CEAT in the 1920’s. Under threat from the Red Brigades in Italy, her family moved to France in 1975 when Carla was seven.
After attending boarding school in Switzerland, she went to Paris to study art and architecture, but this existence was not for Carla. At 19, she became a model and her career soon soared. Her success came as little surprise. She was chosen to represent Estelle Lefebvre in campaigns for Guess? Jeans. She went on to work for Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykel, and Varsace. Bruni was among the highest paid fashion models in the 1990’s earning $7.5 million a year. Her personal life was just as awesome. She dated first Eric Clapton then the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger. In the early 1990’s, a nude photograph Bruni sold for an amazing $91,000.
Having tackled the world of fashion, Carla – future Sarkozy Wife decided to pursue music. By this decade her music was making it’s way to movies and featured in sound tracks for Le Divorce in 2003, 500 Days of Summer in 2009, and in January 2010 her song L’amoureuse was the featured song in NBC’s Chuck “Chuck vs. First Class” episode.
That her next role would be the wife of the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy seems only a matter of course after such a remarkable life. After her very interesting relationships and her statement that she became bored with a monogamous life soon in an affair, there was some questions about the couple’s choices. Jerry Hall the ex-wife of Mick Jagger cited Bruni as the reason behind the couple’s separation. It is in the area of relationships where Bruni frequently does not make fans. She had an affair with the husband of Justine Levy the novelist, who based her character Paula in the book Rien de Grave on Carla. The book was re-titled Nothing Serious when published in English. The character of Paula was not rendered kindly with the description being that of a husband stealing, surgically made-over, super model that considers men prey.
Bruni and Sarkozy meet in November 2007 while attending a dinner party. Their romance was brief and they married in the winter of 2008. She attends many state functions with her husband, but there is no telling what new challenges Bruni would decide to pursue next.