Carla Bruni, the former first lady of France, highlighted her body image and relationship with “beauty” in a recent interview, claiming that she makes “endless efforts” to “stay thin.”

Bruni was frank and honest about her appearance and self-image in an interview with the French magazine Madame Figaro, which was published this week.

According to a transcript of the interview, the 54-year-old stated that she has “no special relationship with beauty, neither mine nor that of others.”

While she is “fascinated” by “sublime beauty,” she prefers “grace and charm.”

The model then contemplated her own attractiveness and the “endless efforts” she uses up to maintain her appearance.

“I have a silhouette and a style, maybe,” she said, adding, “but I make numerous attempts to stay thin: two hours of exercise a day, the bar, the elliptical, a little Pilates.”

Bruni, who recently walked the runway for Balmain and modeled for YSL’s spring/summer campaign, stated that when she walked the runway for the high-end brand a year ago, she felt “destabilized” and “too old.” Bruni’s return to modeling has made her more self-aware.

“I believe it’s not of my age anymore,” the diva explained, before adding that it was “bizarre” for her to discover that, despite being the “youngest” in her family, she was old enough to be the mother of the other models.

She did, however, say that the fashion industry would always be her family because of her close relationships with other models, as well as seamstresses, hairdressers, makeup artists, and photographers.

Bruni shared her enthusiasm for the newest breed of models in a 2020 interview with Vogue. She described the opportunity to communicate with the younger generation as “amazing.”

“Although fashion isn’t very nostalgic, the younger generation does draw inspiration from us on occasion. It’s enjoyable because it adds significance to the work you’ve done.

Modeling is a strange job that doesn’t last long and is heavily reliant on youth. As a result, it’s amazing when your work can contribute to the larger story that we’re all creating,” she said.

In the interview with Madame Figaro, Bruni also discussed how she dealt with her appearance as a teenager and how, before puberty, she was tall and lanky and “felt invisible.”

Bruni noted that after puberty, her relationship with her attractiveness changed, and she became aware of how people perceived her when she went to the beach. According to the model, the experience taught her the “pleasure of seduction.”

“I like to please,” she said, adding that she is interested in seducing and satisfying people “without any sexual motive” and that pleasing others is “much more exciting” than being attractive.