Here are my favorite French influencers you definitely need to know about. Those French women listed below are either entrepreneurs, influencers, authors, journalists, or businesswomen. In this article, I wanted to spotlight French women that inspire me. Stylish, smart, and inspirational French women of all ages, and with different backgrounds, who have all something to say. In addition, I wanted to introduce you to French influencers who redefine the “French-girl beauty“. And who are not just young, white, blonde, and skinny. They all share a different version of the French woman, who sometimes, I would admit, is a little bit cliché.
If you’re looking for more French style inspiration for your daily Instagram keep scrolling as I’ve put together some of the most inspirational French women to follow. So whether you’re looking to dress like a Parisian or want to perfect your French, these are the French women to take inspiration from.
15 Stylish French Influencers To Take Inspiration From
Jeanne is a French model, actress, and founder of the clothing brand Rouje. She also created the makeup line Le Regard and the boutique restaurant Chez Jeanne. She’s probably one of the most well-known French influencers and considered by many as the ultimate French girl. Well before the era of Instagram, Jeanne Damas was one of the first and youngest to pioneer the digital blogging platform, Skyblog. Jeanne used the blog to share her fashion vision to the world while still being an ordinary teen in high school. A decade later, the blogger has 1,4M Instagram followers and became one of the most famous French influencers. In addition, she created a capsule collection for La Redoute and a book co-authored with the journalist Lauren Bastide entitled À Paris. She was also a muse for many brands from Comptoir des Cotonnier to Gucci. @jeannedamas
Mathilde Lacombe is a French influencer and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of the blog La vie en blonde, the French beauty subscription company JolieBox, and the French beauty brand AIME. Mathilde started her career as a beauty journalist at the Elle Magazine as she always wanted to be editor in chief. She later went on to found the French beauty subscription company JolieBox which was later acquired by Birchbox. She’s also a mum of three and she unveils her secrets to manage professional and personal life in her book Une question d’équilibre. @mathildelacombe
I discovered Karina on Instagram and I was straight away amazed by her style and her personality. Karina is a French influencer and businesswoman who’s over fifty. She’s at the head of 4 magazines in the children’s fashion field and she has a strong personality. Born in Russia, she arrived in France when she was eight years old and without being able to speak French. At that time, her only way to express herself and to communicate with others was her way of dressing. Her love for being different never left her and became an obsession. Gray hair, assertive look, oversized glasses, and minimalist looks, Karina is one of my favorites French influencers. @karinavigier, karinavigier.com
Morgane Sezalory is a French entrepreneur, founder of the now hugely popular label Sezane. At first, she started selling vintage finds on eBay. At that time, Sezalory had just finished studying and was living in Paris. She knew she wanted to be creative, but had no idea what way. She was juggling part-time jobs but decided to pursue her eBay business. After several years, she decided to launch her own platform named Les Composantes, an online “rendez vous” where she’d curate customized vintage pieces to go live at the same time. These would sell out in minutes and served as the push she needed to finally launch her own line, Sezane. @morganesezalory
Anne-Laure Mais Moreau
Anne-Laure Mais was born on La Réunion, grew up in Biarritz, and came of age in Paris. She’s always been passionate about digital and she studied a masters’ degree in marketing and international management in Bordeaux. In 2009 she launched her blog Adenorah where she used to share her favorite things and talk about fashion, design, and beauty. She collaborated and created capsule collections with several brands, like Jonak to name just one. In 2018, Anne-Laure Mais felt the desire to go further and to launch her own brand: Musier. A brand of clothing and accessories made in France and sold exclusively online. @annelauremais
Mathilde Thomas is a French entrepreneur who is considered as an industry game-changer for her individual approach to business. She’s the founder of the French skincare brand Caudalie. Everything started in 1993 when Mathilde had a conversation with Professor Joseph Vercauteren at her family’s vineyards, Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux. Vercauteren explained that grape seed polyphenols are the most powerful antioxidant in the plant world and that resveratrol is a formidable compound in the fight against aging. In 1995, Mathilde and Bertrand (her husband) registered a patent for extracting and stabilizing grape seed polyphenols. With that, Caudalie was born. In 2015, Mathilde also authored the New York Times bestseller The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out. @mathildethomas
Mariline Fiori aka Garance Doré is probably one of the most well-known French influencers. She’s born in Corsica, France and she’s a French photographer, illustrator, and author, best known for her blog Atelier Doré. Garance Doré was working as a freelance illustrator in France before beginning her blog, garancedore.com in 2006. In 2007, Doré began to feature photography of people around Paris on her blog, a format now known as “street style”. Since this time, she has worked with many brands such as Chloé, Chopard, David Yurman, Tiffany & Co., and J. Crew. She was named in a New York Times article as the “guardian of all style”. @garancedore
Violette is a native Parisian, makeup artist, influencer, and amazing makeup Youtuber. She is known for her bold color palette, inventive use of texture, and an overall daring French style that takes after such great editorial talents as Pat McGrath and Val Garland. After graduating from school, she enrolled at Paris’ famous École du Louvre and also studied fashion design. Her formal training in fine art means she can apply makeup with the thoughtful hand of an artist. In 2017 Estée Lauder announced Violette as their new Global Beauty Director. In this role, she is a major contributor to product development, artistry, and education for the brand. @violette_fr
Nicknamed “Fonelle” from her days at French Elle, Sophie Fontanel is a writer and fashion critic for Parisian publication L’Obs and a French influencer who has defied ageist preconceptions of influence with her formidable social media presence. Sophie Fontanel, whose maternal grandmother was an Armenian lacemaker and mother a seamstress, studied at the Lycée Molière in Paris. She began her career working as a journalist and writing for publications including Cosmopolitan, Canal+, and eventually Elle, where she held the position of fashion director. In 1995, Fontanel published her first book Sacré Paul, followed by numerous other titles including La Vocation, Une Apparition, and Grandir, for which she won Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature in 2011. However, the author is perhaps best known for her memoir, The Art of Sleeping Alone, which details the 12 years of celibacy she began at the age of 27. @sophiefontanel
Fatou N’diaye is living proof that Parisian beauty embodies more than the traditional Brigitte Bardot and Charlotte Gainsbourg archetypes. Since 2007, the French-raised, half-Nigerian, quarter-Malian, and quarter-Senegalese blogger behind Blackbeautybag.com has been giving voice to a new definition of French beauty, one that reflects the country’s increasing ethnic diversity.
“I was raised with the idea that French beauty is not only white or skinny or blonde”
Today, Fatou N’diaye is one of the most influential black french beauty bloggers around. N’diaye decided to launch the site out of frustration with what she saw as the national media’s narrow view of the feminine ideal. @blackbeautybag
Kenza Sadoun el Glaoui
Kenza Sadoun el Glaoui is a blogger, entrepreneur, and founder of the blog La revue de Kenza (The magazine of Kenza). She’s one of the very first French influencers. Parisian-born fashion and beauty blogger Kenza is an influencer who changes the perception of the standard ‘French-girl’ style. She always had a passion for fashion transmitted by her mother, an ex-model at Elite, that set up an advertising agency, and who was a fashion photographer -her father was a video clips producer. Her nice adventure started in 2008 when she launched her personal diary about her feminine universe and about fashion. From her penchant for elegant neutrals to playful prints and the occasional dad sneaker, her fashionable feed is anything but boring. @kenzasmg
Gabrielle Caunesil Pozzoli
Gabrielle Caunesil Pozzoli is a French model, influencer, activist, and businesswoman. After spending years between Paris, London and New York, she’s now based in Milan with her husband Riccardo Pozzoli and their little dog Lupo. Her heart will always belong to Paris, where she grew up with her beloved dad. For this reason, she has founded a clothing brand, La Semaine Paris, in her hometown. A brand for women made by women. She fights for women and their rights to be free from the prejudices and impossible standards imposed by society. La Semaine Paris‘s photos aren’t retouched: every woman is perfect just the way she is, no needs of touch-ups. This brand is for those who want to feel bold, feminine, elegant with a vintage style typical of the Parisiennes. @gabriellecaunesil
Emmanuelle Alt has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris since February 2011, succeeding in Carine Roitfeld. Alt discovered fashion aged 19 at a Jean-Paul Gaultier show she attended with her mother, a model for Nina Ricci and Lanvin in the 60s and 70s (incidentally Alt’s favorite period in fashion) and her greatest inspiration. She studied at the Institut de l’Assomption in Paris. Prior to her time at Vogue Paris, Alt held roles at French Elle (starting in 1984, she was only 17 years old), 20 Ans where she became the editor-in-chief in 1993, and Mixte. She has two children, Antonin and Françoise. Her husband, also in the fashion business, is Franck Durand, the artistic director of Isabel Marant. With her clean minimalist ensembles, Emmanuelle Alt’s personal style in many ways embodies Parisienne chic. @emmanuellealt
Journalist, art director, model, Sabina Socol is the definition of Parisian Cool. After studying Communication and Journalism in Paris, Sabina started her career as Social Editor at L’Officiel Paris. Then in 2016, the Romanian-born, French journalist decided to strike out on her own as a freelancer to pursue her creative interests in modeling, writing, designing, and art direction. She is currently a columnist for La Parisienne, Le Prescripteur, and whowhatwear.com, simultaneously producing a lot of the imagery and shoots to accompany her written articles. When she’s not traveling for work and play, you can find her strolling her 11th arrondissement neighborhood wearing her winter uniform: a cropped cardigan with a pair of perfectly-fitted denim. @sabinasocol
Caroline De Maigret
Caroline de Maigret is a French international model and music producer (and one of the most well-known French influencers). In 1993, she passed her baccalauréat in economic and social studies and enrolled at the Sorbonne in Modern Literature. The same year, she was spotted by a modeling agency. In 2006, alongside modeling, she created her music label – Bonus Tracks Records – with Yarol Poupaud (her husband). In 2014, she teamed up with co-authors Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, and Sophie Mas to pen the international well-known book How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. Having helped all of us feel just a little more Parisian, Caroline de Maigret and her best friend-slash-co-author Sophie Mas are back with a follow-up Older, but Better, but Older. @carolinedemaigret
10 Inspirational Women Who Redefine The ‘French-Girl Beauty’
- Linda Wright, @lindavwright
- Delphine Desneiges, @deedeeparis
- Stéphanie Zwicky @stephaniezwicky
- Carrole .S @linaose
- Alice Violier, @aliceviolier
- Gaëlle Prudencio, @gaelleprudencio
- Scheena Donia, @scheenadonia
- Franny, @frannfyne
- Sya, @syanalaniyan
- Milla Loud, @loudmilla
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