Sofitel Luxury Hotels just launched a traveling photography exhibition that chronicles the rise to fame of Brigitte Bardot, a legendary French actress, singer, and model. The retrospective, which is the first in North America to feature the international icon and sex symbol, will showcase 30 exclusive photographs of Bardot. Called “BB Forever – Brigitte Bardot, The Legend,” the exhibition starts a yearlong run at Sofitel Los Angeles before it continues to Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York.
It comes as no surprise that the chic chain of boutique hotels chose Bardot for the exhibition. The starlet not only popularized the bikini swimsuit, but also famously vacationed to both St. Tropez in France and Armação dos Búzios in Brazil, a town she is said to have “discovered” with her Brazilian boyfriend during the 1960s. The townspeople credit Bardot with skyrocketing Búzios to fame and have erected a statue in her honor that makes for a very popular stop for tourist photos (especially among males).
Dates for the traveling exhibition are as follows:
- Sofitel Los Angeles: Through March 26, 2012
- Sofitel Chicago Water Tower: April 19 through June 7, 2012
- Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square: June 21 through September 13, 2012
- Sofitel New York: September 26 through December 31, 2012
Image: Fight by Jacques Héripret (Courtesy Sofitel Luxury Hotels)