03/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: I Hate Makeup, Jewelry, And Clothes

France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is profiled in the March issue of Vogue (Michelle Obama is on the cover), hitting newsstands February 24th. The former supermodel tells Joan Juliet Buck that she has no personal interest in the frilly things that brought her fame:

"I have an austere temperament," she says. "There are things that give me no pleasure: objects, clothes, jewelry. I've worn them all, but all that stuff interferes with my daily life." She does her own hair. According to her friend Farida Khelfa, "Carla hates shopping and would wear the same pair of trousers every day if she could." Makeup doesn't interest her--"It takes forever and doesn't make you look better after 30."

Bruni-Sarkozy also revealed that she gets therapy twice a week:

[In 1998] she also started analysis--"Freudian. Four days a week on the couch. If you are lucky enough to have a privileged life, it's sad to remain infantile and spoiled. You have to get rid of your neuroses and take responsibility for your own life." She still sees the shrink, but only twice a week--"It's hygiene."

Read more of the interview at

*See a slideshow of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's modeling years.*


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