Loulou Robert, Model

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“I am from a little town in the northeast of France. I had a very simple childhood; my life was a little boring. So, after seventeen years, I left my family to go to Paris—I moved with my boyfriend and after one year, I began modeling. I’m twenty years old now. My family and my boyfriend all pushed me to begin modeling because they thought it would be good for me, but I wasn’t in a hurry. I loved studying, especially reading—reading is probably my biggest passion. But then, all of my priorities changed when I met Inez [van Lamsweerde]. Inez and Vinoodh [Matadin] had seen me in Treats magazine. It was my first job, when I was 18. I was naked…. It was strange because I was very comfortable doing that—compared to when I’m with my family and my boyfriend, where I’m very conservative. With that photographer, it was easy. I’m not the same person when I’m shooting… Anyway, I shot for Treats and three months later, Inez saw me and called my agency in New York. Meeting Inez and Vinoodh was the beginning of real modeling for me. Inez is so nice very maternal—like my mother in modeling. She’s helped me to progress a lot.

I’m about 5’7”, which is really small compared to the other girls. When they have castings for the shows, I feel like E.T. because I’m very different. My body is different. My face is different. My body is very small—when I try on clothes, they fall off… It can be very difficult for me, sometimes, when you’re doing castings all day, every day, by the end of the day, you feel less confident. Even though Inez has given me a lot of confidence, I’m still not that confident. I know that people think I’m beautiful, but when I look at my face, I’m not very nice to myself. I think a lot of women are like that. When I see other girls, I always think that they’re better than me. Maybe one day I'll be super confident, but in the meantime, no. I always appreciated my eyebrows, though.

In terms of my style, I like black, but my favorite color is navy. At the moment, I don’t have all of the money to buy everything I want. [Laughs] I love Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester, and I wear a lot of vintage things. But really, I take care of two things: my skin and my hair. My hair, I take care of with very basic things, like oils. I love Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme. It’s nice but very expensive, so sometimes I change and use something like Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Cream. I put it on at night when my hair is dry, and then the next morning, I wash it out like a mask.

For my skin, I wash my makeup off every night with Bioderma Créaline. Expensive cosmetics are not very good for my skin—they don’t smell very good to me, either. The best ones are cheap and simple, and you can find them in the pharmacy. I love La Roche-Posay Toleriane Cleanser, and that’s it. I don’t wear a lot of makeup usually, but when I go out, I’ll put on black pencil and lip gloss on my eyes, to have a kind of ‘crying’ effect. No color on my lips, just a nude or something like that. My favorite lipstick is Dior Addict in #343 Spring Bal, or the Clarins ‘Eclat Minute’ Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. It’s subtle.”

—as told to ITG

[1-6] Loulou Robert, wearing an Elizabeth and James coat, Zara dress, and Alexander Wang boots, photographed by Emily Weiss in New York; [7] Vogue Paris November 2012 by Inez & Vinoodh; [8-10] Images from Inez & Vinoodh; [11-12] Treats! magazine Issue 2 by David Bellemere.

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  • http://twitter.com/georginawootton Georgie

    The dress looks EXACTLY the same as one I have from IRO... No wonder designers get frustrated with high-street knockoffs, they are so blatant.

    • softy

      i think i know which one you're talking about - i don't think it's exact...the neckline is a lot deeper.

  • http://twitter.com/MsDenbi Denisse

    She seems like a cool person. It's nice to hear from someone that doesn't have the money to buy $300 creams and whatnot. Especially when you're younger, you don't really have the money yet, so I can definitely relate to what she said.

    Great post!

  • mermaidsdream

    Aw my heart goes out to her. Haven't we all been 20 and thought everyone was better-looking at just concentrated on our perceived flaws?

    • Anon

      This is pretty much me right now

  • SusyQ

    That chair is so cool! Do you know where it's from?

  • http://twitter.com/Chewing_The_Fad Deb Johnson

    You know, it's refreshing reading about someone who is honest about that they can afford and not pushing that whole I buy this, this and this and you look it up and equates to your month's rent! Hahah.

  • cg

    love her, not least of all because she didn't start any sentences with "because i'm french" or talk about how french women are so0o0o different from american women

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1085312469 Colleen Oczkowski

      Finally, someone said it. Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1085312469 Colleen Oczkowski

      And don't get me wrong. I love France. I speak French fluently but there is sometimes a smug condescension with the French women on here.

  • Shara

    She is beautiful! For me what's refreshing is that she also has issues with confidence, and being harsh on herself.

    I can relate to that, as can many other girls, I believe. It's like people always tell you to love yourself, and that you are amazing the
    way you are, etc.. but in reality it's really never as easy as that.

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    What a stunning beauty! Her skin is flawless. Love that her beauty routine is simple, yet effective and luxurious. Great feature! xo

    -Jen

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

  • Maly

    It's so funny that she perceives herself as the weird one in a room full of models, when she is closer to average height and has such classic, beautiful features. Whenever I see models in a room together I think of them as aliens with long bodies...

  • elise

    Second that, I can't locate it and have Zara gift money waiting to be spent! I often think I would have been such a skilled hunter/gatherer...

    • http://twitter.com/blakeknees Jennifer Blakney

      Race you to eBay!

      • sashi

        girl, you're hilarious. This reminds me of a conversation I just had with my sister- we agreed it is always best to shop with someone else who is not the same size/height to you, to eliminate competition (read: pouncing)

        • http://twitter.com/blakeknees Jennifer Blakney

          I have child-bearing hips, so I relinquish all claims over pencil skirts and high waisted jeans. Mad Men aficionados and hipsters have one less person to battle it out with.

          But isn't it nice to shop with someone who has a similar frame to you? That way you get to expand your wardrobe without having to get a bigger apartment to accomodate! Then there's always the possibility that they forgot about lending you that item of clothing... silver linings!

  • AltE

    She would look great with a lob. SO glad that I'm not 20 anymore! And that I was never a model.

  • http://classy-mode.blogspot.pt/ Soraia Abreu

    thanks for sharing! love your text!

  • http://www.dressmonsta.com/ Daul Be

    She's gorgeous! I don't mind models standing below 5'9". I think they're more relatable in that way <3

  • Lucy

    Love LRP Toleraine too, it really is the best cleanser.

  • Massa

    Where is that chair from?

  • Anna

    stunning photos, especially bw
    stylistki

  • LOLO | Luxury Leather Goods

    very good style with a use perfect of colors

  • http://twitter.com/georginawootton Georgie

    Oops I didn't mean to sound like such an asshole in my comment, I should probably think before I post, but anyway it's got exactly the same crossover-material-thing going on on the skirt, same slightly dropped armholes, same material, all that jazz

    • EMR

      Understandable! My normal response to snark is with more snark, which is also inappropriate of me. Since I can't seem to find this dress on the Zara website I'll probably go buy it from IRO... Haha

  • alice

    so refreshing to have someone so beautiful on Intothegloss but still portrays the life of a normal 20-year old which includes no money to buy Balenciaga and Celine and having minor insecurities

  • maude

    she looks like a millions bucks

  • Karine

    Loulou has something captivating. I first saw her backstage at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show, she was posing for beauty shot with Cara Delevingne and she was so nice. She could be Isabeli Fontana's lil sister, their face looks similar in real life.

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