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Carla Bruni lingerie shots for Next Directory rediscovered

30 Jun


France’s First Lady may have reached supermodel status at the peak of her career, but in 1989 she was just starting out in the business.She landed the assignment for Next, the British High Street chain, three years after dropping out of university to pursue a full-time modelling career. Bruni graced the pages of the Spring/Summer’89 catalogue in two lingerie shots. In the first, she reclines on a bed wearing an all-in-one printed with pink roses. In the second, which could prove more embarrassing for the wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, she wears see-through white lace underwear and hold-up stockings.Around the time of the photographs, Bruni caught the eye of musician Eric Clapton. He recalled in his autobiography: “In a very short time I became obsessed with her. She was only 21 and very sexy, with long hair, a remarkable figure and a young-looking face, which was slightly Asian, with high cheekbones and almond-shaped eyes.” He referred to to her as “the love of my life”.Photographs from Bruni’s past have come back to haunt her with some regularity since her marriage to Mr Sarkozy.A nude picture of her, taken by photographer Michel Comte in 1993, sold for $91,000 (£46,000 at the time) at auction last year.Next released the Bruni images to launch their ‘Make Me The Next Model’ competition, celebrating 21 years of the Next Directory. Hopefuls can upload their photographs at and the public will be able to vote for their favourites. The winner of the contest, conducted in conjunction with Select Model Management, will appear in the Spring/Summer 2010 directory.Bruni is not the only supermodel to appear in the catalogue. Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Yasmin Le Bon and Naomi Campbell all appeared in its pages, along with actress Uma Thurman and Cameron Diaz’s boyfriend Paul Sculfor.

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