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05/02/2013 08:39 am ET Updated May 02, 2013

Carla Bruni 'Fat' Comments Got To The Former First Lady

Carla Bruni has endured a lifetime worth of scrutiny between her modeling career and her role as French first lady, but that doesn't mean she's grown superhuman thick skin.

The 45-year-old opens up about her struggles in the June issue of Vanity Fair. Her first order of business? Settle those pantsuit rumors. While husband Nicolas Sarkozy handed off the presidency to Francois Hollande last May, Carla was criticized for wearing a "deeply unflattering" pantsuit in lieu of her usual femme look. So was she sending some sort of message?

“Good riddance. I’ve had it,” she said. “Not at all. Those were the only pants I could get into!”

Of course, Carla's referring to the period of time just after giving birth to her daughter Giulia, when the press wasn't exactly playing nice. “They say, ‘She’s fat.’ They get really nasty. Nothing is out of bounds,” she said. “It was a very fragile moment in my life. I’m kind of tall, with good-size shoulders, and when I am 40 pounds overweight, I don’t even look fat -- I just look ugly. Having children when you’re older is not easy.”

D'accord, sister. Since leaving her post at the Élysée Palace, however, it looks like Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy has enjoyed a sort of professional renaissance, jumping back into modeling, releasing a new album and even trying her hand at editing a fashion glossy. Fashion-wise, the former première dame has adjusted to her new lifestyle, opting for a more casual, boho look.

For now, it seems that the press around Carla is more about what she's accomplishing than what she's wearing. And we're sure she doesn't mind one bit.

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.

The pantsuit in question:

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carla bruni fat

See Carla's full style journey:

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