Carla Bruni, Nude on Instagram

Last Sunday, the 48-year-old singre posted a picture by Helmut Newton, in which she was featured nude, standing nexto to her brother Virginio, deceased in 2006.

The picture, taken in black and white, evokes youth and romanticism, with an air of May-68-ness. It features the singer, topless, next to her brother Virginio Bruni-Tedeschi, whom AIDS killed ten years ago. She’s looking at him with a sight full of love, while he rests his side on a convertible car.

The picure, taken in summer 1992 is signed by Helmut Newton, a famous Australian photographer, deceased in 2004. His style is one amongst a thousand – he took pictures of the fashion world, focusing especially on feminine nudes. Amongst his muses are Catherine Deneuve, Sylvie Vartan and Monica Belluci, all of whom got naked in front of his lens.

The Bruni siblings in 1992
The Bruni siblings in 1992

Bruni has filled the picture with melancholy and sadness, which have been at her side these last months. Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife has added some words evoking a golden past – Jeunesse de miel – “Honeyful youth,” a much cherished memory. She was only 24, but she’s already full of the grace inherent to a great woman. The siblings were enjoying their holidays at Cap Nègre, at the Côte d’Azur. A familiar picture, full of the indifferent and carefree air of youths.

Virginio was already evoked by Bruni’s half-sister, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, in the film Un Château en Italie (“A Castle in Italy”), which aired in 2013 and describes the fate of this French family of Italian ancestry who suffered two losses – that of the Bruni’s father and that of Virginio. Alberto Bruni-Tedeschi died in 1996, ten years before his son.

In response to Virginio’s loss, Marisa, Carla’s mother, creted the Fondation Virginio Bruni Tedeschi, homaging her son. It develops projets all around the world in fields such as science, education and medicine.

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