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BRIGITTE BARDOT: A woman of many faces

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience, the better part of me, to animals” – Brigitte Bardot.

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Brigitte Bardot (BB), now 79 years old, grew up in an era when the glorious, glowing sun tan was all important, regardless of long-term consequences.

bardot on St Tropez Beach

Actually so did I, albeit years later, when sun tanning was actively encouraged. A tan was perceived as healthy. I can only presume the ozone layer was more intact then, which saved us from  melanoma.

What has this got to do with fur you might ask?  Not much, I’m sorry to say, except that I applaud BB for  not giving in to the Botox  craze, which entails dreadful experiments on animals. Instead BB gave up stardom 40 years ago to pursue many animal and environmental causes and still does, to this day.

BB in 2006. Note the cool seal tee-shirt.bardot-3-sml-2006_1490705i         

Despite BB’s anti-Muslim sentiments, I admire her commitment to animal rights, where anti-fur is just one cause.  Sophia Loren, BB’s contemporary, on the other hand, continues to wear fur garments. On her 75th birthday BB pleaded,  

“I wish a happy birthday to Sophia Loren, my splendid twin, and I ask her to stop wearing fur – that is the best gift she could offer me”. BB added  that wearing fur is like  “… wearing a cemetery on your back”.  How true this is!

loren-17-sml-1960_1490771i                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sophia Loren in fur – around 1960.       

       young bb                                                  In 1977 BB directed her efforts into stopping the killing of baby seals in Canada.                           

old bb Sadly this fight continues.

-Brigitte Bardot-

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12 Comments

  1. Heather Howe says:

    Brigitte Bardot’s picture of a seal bludgeoning a human baby was bone-chilling but very effective as it challenged the viewer to consider stepping outside of a speciecist mindset by “turning the tables” and forcing us to view animals and humans with the same value

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  2. Emy Will says:

    Thanks for the comment Heather. This role reversal strategy is powerful. I see it a lot nowadays. For example, the fox wearing the human fur, the bear hunting the man and so on.

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  3. Emy, first of all, thank you so much for your blog. Each voice is desperately needed.

    How extraordinary, I was just thinking of BB (I was little when she was young and everywhere) and her commitment to animal welfare. How ackward for the general public it was then, in the 1970s, to see her hugging a seal pup pleading for their lives. No one would understand the reason, she was deemd “crazy”, so ingrained it was in the collective mind meat and fur being the norm. But I found it endearing then and when I grew up I understood and was horrified. I remember seeing the young BB with the pup in that picture!. How terrible that the fur trade continues to exist with consumers unwilling to give up cruelty-laden garments.

    Such a beautiful quote, coming from an icon of her stature. Thank you.

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    • Emy Will says:

      You are so right, Carmen. It is terrible that people still wear fur and just don’t care how it was produced. Those who put vanity above compassion are disturbed. What I really like about BB is that her concern for animal welfare was not a phase or attention seeking. To this day she leads a reclusive life dedicated to animal rights.

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  4. Paula says:

    Interesting, I did not know all that about BB. Awesome she went fur-less.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Thanks Paula 🙂 Yes, it is awesome and BB went fur-less, and at a time when people did not really support her. She also stuck to her principles and still does amazing animal rights work to this day.

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  5. Thanks for posting this, Emy. I have always admired Brigitte Bardot for her commitment to animal rights. With her background she could have gone completely the other way. Instead she has ignored all the criticism and adverse publicity and remained steadfast for all these years. ~ Amelia 🙂

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  6. Emy Will says:

    So true Amelia. BB could easily have made her looks a priority. Sadly I have heard people say that BB has “let herself go” instead of focusing on her incredible dedication to fighting for animal,rights. This doesn’t say much for society and what’s important. Thanks so much for the comment.

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  9. Secular Vegan says:

    I happen to admire Bardot’s ‘anti-Muslim’ sentiments because Islam is an ideology (not an ethnicity) which treats women as subordinate to men. Positively, her ‘fan base’ is overwhelmingly female and I guess that a lot of those women tacitly approve of what Bardot says in public which they themselves couldn’t get away with. Most intelligent Western women know that Islam threatens the freedoms which they have gained over the past century. Bardot was also a sexual liberator who is why she is hated by neo-puritan politically correct feminists. The political left call her a ‘racist’ for criticising the cruelty of Halal and Kosher slaughter, the political right call her a ‘traitor’ for criticising the cruelty of force-feeding ducks and geese for foie gras. She follows her own way, isn’t frightened to speak her mind and without her there wouldn’t be an animal rights movement.

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