Oh Carla. Carla Carla Carla. We’re not sure precisely when it become de rigueur for people in positions of power to make public faux pas (see Prince Philip for further details) but it seems to have taken root.
This week when Carla Bruni-Sarkozy said her generation 'doesn't need to be feminist', because pioneers who went before did the necessary work, women of the world balked. After all, as the wife of the former French president, she is a role model and was, at one point, pretty cool. Sadly, it wasn’t even her first gaffe. Oh Carla, when will you learn?
1. ‘Monogamy bores me terribly’
On, erm, fidelity. Us too Carla.
2. ‘My God, can you imagine trying not to disappoint French women?'
On being by and large disliked by French women.
3. 'When I was having my hair and make-up done backstage at a fashion show, I would sneak in a copy of Dostoevsky and read it inside a copy of Elle or Vogue. But it would be pretentious of me to say I was more intelligent than the other supermodels.'
On being a very very clever model. The cleverest in fact.
4. 'It's my party trick!'
On being able to control the movement of her nipples on command.
5. 'I find feminine men very virile - and macho men very fragile.'
Fascinating facts on the two types of men. Who knew!
6. 'I'm looking for a job that brings as much money, as much fun, as much travelling. It's very difficult, there is nothing left... I can't, I mean I can, sing, but I wouldn't be a singer.'
On realising that there was only really one job which would tick all the boxes which leads us to…
7. 'I was seduced by his physique and his intelligence. He has five or six brains that are remarkably irrigated.'
On the aqueous nature of Sarkozy’s brain.
8. 'I don't know what the fuss is about. There are 7,000 girls.'
On Jerry Hall's anguish over Mick Jagger's affair with Bruni in the nineties.
9. 'Turn your tongue a hundred times in your mouth before saying anything.'
On discretion. And being able to follow your own advice.
10. 'A sardine becomes a whale.'
On media attention. Obviously.