Inspiring French ladies I.

Simone de Beauvoir /1908-1986./ was a writer, a philosopher and a feminist who was born in Paris. She was engaged to Jean-Paul Sartre but they never got married. She said: ‘I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.’

Coco Chanel /1883-1971./ was the founder of the Chanel brand and ‘haute couture’. She modernized the fashion industry by throwing away crochets and using materials like jersey. She invented the iconic little black dress and the perfume Chanel No 5. She said: ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’

Marion Cotillard is an actress who won the Academy Award for her performance as Édith Piaf. She played in other iconic movies like Inception, Midnight in Paris and Allied. She said: ‘I don’t want to change the world; I want to evolve myself.’

Camille Claudel /1864-1943./ is a sculptor who is mostly famous for The waltz. She was the lover of Auguste Rodin. Last year, in 2017 the Camille Claudel Museum opened to the public in Nogent-sur-Seine. She said: ‘I tolerate my faults but not at all other people’s.’

Clémence Posey is an actress I first saw in the fourth Harry Potter movie playing Fleur Delacour. Then she appeared in Gossip Girl, In Bruges and War and peace. She said: ‘I think what is interesting in life is all the cracks and all the flaws and all the moments that are not perfect.’

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