Our pick for seriously cool chick of the day is French actress Emmanuelle Beart, who says of her infamous romp 3 years ago in the nude on a beach — the photos of which made for the biggest selling issue of French Elle of all time: "We'd just arrived for a beauty shoot, it was 5am and I desperately needed a swim. The photographer was a friend, and she asked if I'd mind if she took a few photos. When I saw them, it was me who suggested they use those. It was a riposte to all those skinny, semi-anorexic adolescents that women's magazines inflict on us; it was to say, 'Look, I'm 40, this is my body, this is my plenitude, these are my curves, I like them and I'm proud of them.' It's true, I feel better in my body now than when I was 20. Why not?" [Guardian]