This week we speak to the ultimate chic french woman, Benedicte Burguet, about working for Vanity Fair France and balancing her family life.
Born in Rome, raised in Paris, Benedicte originally studied law and politics before finding her calling in fashion editorial. She’s now senior editor at Vanity Fair France and has ventured into writing lifestyle books.
It is a long story... I studied law for 5 years in Paris and graduated with an MA in political law and political sciences. But at the same time, I started writing for websites and blogs. This was 2005, when internet was experiencing its first growth. After my studies, I decided not to become a lawyer but to apply for editorial internships. Marie Claire, Lagardère, Le Figaro...etc. There, I met my mentor who hired me 3 years later at Vanity Fair!
To be strong, definitely. As a mother, I try to give the best to my daughter without forgetting who I am and what I love. It can be a complicated exercise, which requires a lot of organization and concentration. I also realized how wonderful my husband is. We are partners, 50-50, so that I can focus on my daughter and on my job. Many of my friends have become mums this year and I have noticed how difficult motherhood can be. I recently launched a line of t-shirts called Mommylicious, just to remind us of how strong and wonderful we are.
Augustinus Bar the cream (the best cream for my skin)
Joelle Ciocco Lait capital
vegetal oil (avocado, sesame, argan...)
Uriage Hyséac Pâte SOS (not glamorous but super efficient)
Susanne Kaufmann Glow Mask
My friend Muse & Heroin, a true clean beauty guru and Oh my cream, The Cut, Violet Grey…
This is a difficult question because I’m not sure I consider myself to have "broken into the industry.” The work is constant. You have to be thinking about what's next all the time. Never take anything for granted. This industry is fast and you have to be able to run at the same speed, which is not an easy thing to do. For me, the key is to have a good vision of the market, to meet as many people as possible and to formulate your desires, your projects. And to always stay true to your values.
I take a bath and watch Netflix. Before my daughter was born, I read books. But today I'm running out of time. It’s only temporary: I intend to hit my library very soon.
It is my engagement ring. I designed it with family diamonds. I love it, but I do not wear it a lot. At the moment, I wear a bangle ring from Buccellati. A birth gift from my husband.
Where there is a will, there is a way.