The aspiring model was a virtual unknown when she was shot in 1989 for Next's mail order catalogue
Photo: © Next
The pictures show why she went on to become one of the top earning models of the Nineties
Photo: © Next
These days Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is famous the world over as France's model-turned-pop-star First Lady. But there was a time the brunette beauty was just a fresh faced model, dreaming of a career on the catwalks.
Pictures taken in 1989 for High Street giant Next captured Carla at such a moment in her life, when she was aged just 21. She models lingerie for the firm's catalogue in the snaps, which show why she went on to become one of the top earning models of the Nineties.
The photos were unearthed from the chain's archives as the company gears up to celebrate its 21st anniversary.
This month the firm is giving others the chance to follow in Carla's footsteps, with the launch of a model search headed by bricklayer-turned fashion star Paul Schulfor and singer Alesha Dixon.
Cameron Diaz's former love and Strictly Come Dancing winner Alesha are heading an online campaign to find two new stars to rival the likes of Agyness Deyn and Madonna's model beau Jesus Luz.
To enter the competition, wannabe catwalk stars based in the UK should upload their pictures to the special facebook page, where the public can vote for their favourite.
The 50 entrants with the most votes will be whisked away to a boot camp in London on July 31, and a team of experts will choose an overall male and female winner.