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This Happened — September 28: Brigitte Bardot Born

On this day in 1934, French actress and iconic sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was born.

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Who is Brigitte Bardot?

Brigitte Bardot is a French actress, model, and animal rights activist. She gained international fame in the 1950s and 1960s for her beauty, talent, and iconic image. Bardot starred in numerous films, some of the most famous include "And God Created Woman" (1956), "Contempt" (1963), "Viva Maria!" (1965), and "A Very Private Affair" (1962). She was known for her sensuality and unique screen presence.

What is Brigitte Bardot's impact on fashion and beauty?

Brigitte Bardot's style and appearance made a significant impact on fashion and beauty trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Her signature hairstyle, cat-eye makeup, and figure-hugging clothing inspired a generation of women.

When did Brigitte Bardot retire from acting?

Brigitte Bardot officially retired from acting in 1973 after appearing in the film "The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot" (1973). She chose to focus on her personal life and later became an animal rights activist.

What is Brigitte Bardot's legacy?

Brigitte Bardot's legacy is multifaceted. She is remembered for her contribution to film and fashion, her iconic beauty, and her impact on popular culture. Additionally, her dedication to animal rights activism has left a lasting impact on global efforts to protect and promote the welfare of animals. However, Bardot has also faced criticism for supporting far-right political parties and making xenophobic comments on Islam and immigration.

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Flexing Against Sexism: Meet The Women Bodybuilders Of Nepal

Women bodybuilders are rare in a society that prefers them thin, soft — and fully clothed. But with sports, gold-medal winners like Rajani Shrestha are helping inspire change.

Photograoph of four female bodybuilders holding their country's flags on stage.

Judges and attendees observe the 55th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Kathmandu

Yam Kumari Kandel/GPJ NEPAL
Yam Kumari Kandel

KATHMANDU — Rajani Shrestha exercises at a gym near Baneshwor Height, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, as she prepares for a major bodybuilding championship. As the 42-year-old lifts around 50 kilograms (110 pounds) in a deadlift, her veiny arms and neck muscles bulge out. A woman with “muscles like a man,” she says, is a very rare sight here.

The men bodybuilders in the club stare at her. “I don’t care what anyone says or does. I must win the competition anyway,” Shrestha says. As the day progresses, she is the only one left in the club. For Shrestha, there is no time to waste. On this August weekday, it’s only a month to go till the 55th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship.

In 2019, Shrestha won silver medals at the 12th South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship, held in Kathmandu, and the 53rd Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship, in Batam, Indonesia. The National Sports Council also recognized her for excellence.

Shrestha does not fit the normative definition of an ideal woman in Nepal. In a society where a thin body is considered beautiful, women bodybuilders with brawny bodies are labeled “men” and are often the target of ridicule and derision.

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