01/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carla Bruni: The Runway Years (SLIDESHOW)

Since her wedding to French President Nicolas Sarkozy less than a year ago, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has made waves over what she does --and doesn't-- wear, most recently suing a fashion chain for nearly $170,000 for printing a nude image of her on tote bags. And all this rather dry, litigious stuff makes it a fun time to look back at the days when Bruni could afford to be a little less inhibited.

**WATCH Carla Bruni talk to David Letterman about how she met her husband**

Carla Bruni, The Runway Years