Author Lindsey Tramuta on the New Parisienne

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Author Lindsey Tramuta on the New Parisienne
When we think of la parisienne, we can’t help but think of the chic and always fashionable French girl. But this image, argues author Lindsey Tramuta, is a stubborn fantasy that’s persisted for decades. In her recently published book The New Parisienne, Tramuta features 50 stand-out women who represent the real parisienne today— inspiring women who are sparking a new movement in the City of Light. Here she shares some insights into her wonderful portrait of the vibrant, female-centric Paris of today. Mary Nicklin: Three years after the publication of your bestselling book, The New Paris, you’re back with another beautiful book. Can you tell us a bit about the link between the two books, and the inspiration for the new one? Lindsey Tramuta: The first book was meant to offer an alternative perspective on one of the most beloved and most visited cities in the world. For too long, the narrative around Paris has focused on the grandeur and weight of the past, and especially its resistance to change. I felt that was a limited perspective that omitted the tremendous innovations, ideas, and evolutions that have made the capital a dynamic place to live and visit. Similarly, I wanted to offer a broader and less reductive view of one of the city’s defining features: its women. Purchase the first book, The New Paris, through Amazon here.    View this post on Instagram   It’s already been one month since #TheNewParisienne was released and I’ve been so touched by reader feedback. Thank you for diving into these stories and participating in the important cultural and societal issues they highlight. Shown here, @poonamparis, whose profile is featured in the Storytellers chapter, photographed by her son @puxanphoto 🙏🏼💕🇫🇷 If you’re enjoying the book, please leave a review wherever you purchased it! They’re important for helping the book get seen by other readers. 🙌🏼 . #parisienne #parisiennes #frenchgirls #frenchgirlstyle #authorsofig #thisisparis #womeninparis #parisiangirl A post shared by Lindsey Tramuta (@lostncheeseland) on Aug 7, 2020 at 8:33am PDT MN: Why do you think the stereotypical myth of the Parisian has endured so long? LT: There are many interests at play that allow the myth to endure. For one, the media and popular culture at large have a role in perpetuating the archetypal Parisian woman through articles and books that prescriptively guide a foreign audience to better themselves. Headlines like “how French women do X”, and book titles like, “Why French women don’t X” (age, gain weight, etc.) are still appearing to this day, despite robust body positivity movements and anti-stereotype campaigns. The mythology around the Parisian woman also sells: not only books but products, vacations, fantasies, and attitudes. Brands, publishers, and tourism boards benefit from a marketing formula that has worked masterfully for generations. Unless consumers challenge the ideas they hold to be true and demand more or changes from these companies / publications / individuals responsible for nurturing tired and, in most cases, problematic images of Parisian women, the myth will only continue to be wielded as a tool.
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Based in Paris, Nicklin is the Editor of Bonjour Paris. She is also the Web Editor for France Today, the site's sister publication. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, Travel Agent Magazine, and Luxury Travel Advisor.

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  • Cynthia Stewart
    2020-09-14 03:24:09
    Cynthia Stewart
    Great interview with Lindsay! I've been able to listen to her on several podcasts recently and have enjoyed Lost n' Cheeseland over the years.

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  • Hazel Smith
    2020-09-03 03:21:30
    Hazel Smith
    I was inspired by The New Paris. I hope to be by Lindsey's new book too!

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