The "Perfect' Parisienne
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:33 AM
From article about book by Inès de la Fressange.
"The book might have withered and died on the shelves, except that Ms. de la Fressange combines a "je ne sais quoi" audacity with a sassy tone, and leaves readers believing that, by following her rules and experimenting with confidence, they, too, can be just like her.
"Ms. de la Fressange is almost 6 feet tall, about 125 pounds and hipless. She has been the official model for Marianne, the ageless symbol of the French republic that appears on postage stamps and municipal buildings. She is wealthy and quadrilingual. She drinks wine and lots of strong espresso. She doesn't diet. "Potatoes, chocolate, bonbons, wine, bread — I eat everything that's good," she said.
"'She's very clever because she knows the key to being beautiful is self-confidence,' said Sophie-Caroline de Margerie, a writer who captures the essence of Parisian style in 'American Lady,' a new biography of Susan Mary Alsop, the American doyenne of French style. 'In the end there's no rule. It doesn't matter what you wear, as long as it suits you, and as long as you feel pretty.'"
Dignity. Always, dignity. (Singin' in the Rain)
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