Much has been said about Parisian women. Chic, sophisticated and natural are some of the descriptions that come to mind when we think of la Parisienne. French photographer Baudouin Winckler, who has worked with Elle, Glamour, L’Oreal and Le Monde, set out to break through the stereotypes and uncover the modern women living in Paris for his book, 75 Parisiennes. “In magazines or movies, you just find fashion clichés of the Parisienne such as Ines de la Fressange, Coco Chanel and Catherine Deneuve. I just wanted to show the real Parisian lady, the women who live in Paris in the 2000s. I shot 300 ladies, and I just selected 75 (Paris zip code),” Badouin explained to me over email about his inspiration to focus on his contemporary muses. “I have never seen a serious photographic project about Parisian ladies. It took 6 years!” The beautifully shot book features intimate portraits of some of the city’s most eclectic and captivating women shot in their own homes. As diverse as the subjects are, students, artists, models, wives of varied ages and ethnicities, so are their array of homes. The book not only manages to paint a fresh impression of the tribe of revered Parisian women, it explores the connection between ones space and personality. “At your home, you can’t hide yourself! This is the only one solution to show the personality and style of life of the model. I love indoor decorations; it is very interesting for my composition.”
Alexandra Phanor-Faury is a married, Haitian-American journalist living in Brooklyn, NY. Alexandra has reported and written about music, fashion, art and celebrities for websites and publications such as i-D, Nylon & NylonGuy, People Magazine & People.com, Courrier International, BlackBook.com, Trace, Giant, Teen Vogue, Page Six Magazine and Bloomingdales’ Little Brown Book.