1. The secret of French mystique

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    If you are as sick as I am of reading about “French women who don’t get fat”, then grab a copy of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas.

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    The book came out in 2014 but is getting more attention these days. Caroline De Maigret, one the authors, has become a” fashion darling” since her modeling comeback with Chanel in 2011. The leggy multi-talented, granddaughter of a prince is now a music and documentary producer. She is also a Lancôme Muse and has her own makeup collection that is available now.


    How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are is modern and funny. The authors tell it like it is when it comes to French women and their habits. If you are looking for a French “Beauty for Dummies book” you will be very disappointed.How to be Parisian Wherever you are


    Caroline De Maigret and her chic friends come clean about what real Parisian women think and how they behave. They also confess the contradictions that make Parisian woman so seductive.


    Parisian women wear little makeup on their skin. They do, however, wear mascara, eye liner, and drop-dead red lipstick – even to the bakery. The secret is to look sexy, but not to appear as though you are trying. Skin care is a religion to a Parisian. The book has no great revelations, but it drives home how dedicated French women are to the basics of beauty and soul-pampering rituals.


    The authors refute the myth that French women don’t indulge in Botox or plastic surgery, but subtly. According to the authors they do but with a caveat. “A measure of its success is that it is undetectable,” the book says. “You don’t talk about it, you don’t tell people. The main thing is to avoid any operation that distorts or that might turn a woman into a statue or a doll.”


    The ladies point out that a Parisian doesn’t spend her life in a gym nor does she point out her flaws to her lover. Instead she learns to show off her best points. “If you don’t like your ass, walk sideways, your back to the wall, and show off your breasts. If your legs are too short or your thighs too wide, go on your tiptoes. If you don’t like your breasts… do something about them, but in the meantime, cross your arms, and when in bed, opt for positions lying on your back.


    “In short, you’re not a slave to the cult of the perfect body – so learn to make the best of what nature gave you.”


    And the perhaps the best reason of all Parisian women have cast such spell over the world for so many decades is captured in this gem of wisdom: “Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.”