In an effort to show everyone what unassuming, modest, salt-of-the-earth type people she and her husband French President Nicolas Sarkozy are, Carla Bruni has revealed that she sometimes likes to wear a wig and ride the Paris metro incognito, thereby living out the plot of Coming To America, First Daughter, Chasing Liberty, Gossip Girl, and a whole bunch of other movies and TV shows about modern royalty. You know, like a regular person would!
Just kidding, she doesn’t pretend to be regular at all, and I commend her for acknowledging her insane privilege and fame. In a recent interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, France’s first lady talked about how good she’s become at blending in with crowds in public:
Since the age of 20, I’ve separated myself from my public image. It also helped a great deal to have been a model and singer. If I hadn’t had experience with the media, it would have been more difficult. Fame doesn’t weigh me down, and, anyway, I disguise myself literally and figuratively. With a wig on, nobody recognizes me on the metro. Recently, my bag was still searched at the Marine Museum.
Is Carla Bruni just fucking with us, or what? I know the French government takes a slightly more lax attitude towards security than America does (as with most things), but does the poor dude assigned to protect her know about this? Or maybe it’s a lie, and she’s just trying to bring a bit of whimsical excitement to bored citizens’ lives by planting the idea that they might spy the first lady on their way home from work one day. Who knows?
The rest of the interview is interesting in that it highlights just how different Bruni is from an American first lady. I mean, can you imagine Michelle Obama or Laura Bush comparing herself to Lady Gaga or saying that she knows nothing about politics? I also love it that the interviewer hit her with the rather accusatory sentence “You admirably play the lovely idiot” at the end, because an American journalist would never speak to the first lady with such insouciance. Basically, I guess what I’m trying to say here is that everything is better in France.
(Via The Cut)