What we can learn from French Women

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I’ve never truly been comfortable in my own skin until now.

After travelling the world solo for over half a year, I’ve learned a lot about different cultures, traditions, religions, but more importantly than any other – I have learned a lot about myself.

After spending the past week in the French Caribbean on the French collectivity of St Barthelemy, I’ve finally ‘put my finger on it’ and discovered whole heartedly what we can learn from French women.

What we can learn from French Women

A natural approach to beauty

 French women embrace their natural state and celebrate their imperfections. There is little enhancement by way of make up, hair is kept tidy but not slick or refined. There is of course the golden rule to never let your hair grow too long – for shorter hair is preferred – no extensions, ladies! The only upkeep given prominent focus is a healthy glow – achieved by taking care of your body inside and out, a good skin regime, and maintaining a steady and sensible diet.

The female body should be celebrated

 Ever wondered why many French women go topless at the beach? It’s not just to achieve the perfect tan – but it is also because they celebrate the female body, rather than making it an object. While there is the free the nipple campaign sweeping through the Western world, the French have already long perfected that – bras begone!

Enjoy everything in moderation

Ever wondered why French women are so damn skinny!? They maintain a smart and sensible one, rather than resorting to fad diets and yo-yoing from a healthy lifestyle to the point where they are near forced to pig out. You won’t see a French woman snacking on food or eating their feelings – meal times are meal times and any other time is to be used more productively.

Brooke France

Treasure yourself

 French women are more likely to treat themselves to pampering and beauty treatments – spa days, facials, beauty treatments. This should be viewed as a reward to your body, to nourish your body as well as your mind.

The pleasure principle

 While the French women are as a whole a slimmer breed, it’s not for lack of treating themselves to glorious meals and sweet treats. The French women enjoy simple pleasures on occasion – everything in moderation!

Feel good, look great

 Here’s the ‘secret ingredient’ to the French women – confidence is key! French women walk with a purpose, they have confidence in themselves and they’re not afraid to show it. They know they are beautiful the way they are, as beauty comes from within. These women know that if they are feeling good, they are looking just as good – if not better!

Be confident in your own skin

 Another note on confidence – it really is that important! French women know they are different from any other woman out there – they each have something different to offer. They love themselves the way they are and they know you will too – it’s all about the confidence!

Age is but a number

 Have you ever seen an older French woman looking anything less than fabulous? Chances are no, as they age incredibly well. That’s because they have maintained their beauty at a steady pace throughout their lives – not switched from one diet to the next, ‘let themselves go’ after marriage or tried to conform to any standards other than their own.

Follow your passion

 Finally, French women follow their passion – the true key to happiness. Don’t forget to do what you love and love what you do!

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    October 13, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Great post. I can agree with most of it, because I have been dating a French woman and pleasure principle was very important. She like when I dressed up nicely, took her to a nice restaurant etc. Classy and nice is what French women like.

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    August 7, 2015 at 8:51 am

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    February 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Having lived in frañce for 2 years, i concluded that they stay dlim because they do a lot of walking and cycling just getting around daily, and apart from a small portioned 3 course lunch, they live on bottled water, coffee and cigarettes. Sadly they have terrible teeth and severe sun skin damage. But women’s bodies are treated naturally – shared change rooms at school, etc so no big hype about bodies or sex. I’m sure the red wine helps with aging too.

    February 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Hi lovely Brooke! I’m French, and even if I do believe what you wrote is true about any woman who decide to led the life she deserves more than just about being French, I’ll stick to your “Have you ever seen an older French woman looking anything less than fabulous” because it feels so good! Have a great time in Singapore!

    February 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    My dear, French women look good because there is an infrastructure supporting them. They have excellent day care for their children, can work from home on Wednesdays if their manager agrees, everyone has more than 5 weeks off per year and they DO NOT work late or on weekends. Elder French men and women can go to spas and take the waters ~ it’s fully paid by the government as a medicinal treatment! And please don’t get me started on the food – and the fact that it’s not genetically modified, etc. They won’t allow it in France.

    So, are French women beautiful? No doubt – but they live in a country and society that has a build in structure that supports them taking care of themselves. If that were true everywhere, it would have a profound knock on effect…

    August 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Let’s be objective. There are two reasons why French women are so skinny (as you all say despite that not all are):
    1- The Mediterranean diet
    2- active life from very young age

    They walk with dignity. But believe me the reasons of their good shape are in the familial education. From young age they learn how to eat correctly and they practice a lot of different sports . But they have one major problem – skin damage. Like all Mediterranean nations they like to expose their bodies all the summer under sun and this continues all their life. That’s why I don’t agree that they age beautifully.

    August 15, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Love this <3

    August 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Very inspirational!

    Ching Ying
    August 14, 2014 at 2:28 am

    this is the perfect answer to my ever long google search of “why are french women so skinny” haha, thanks!

    August 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Traveling alone has made me grow up a lot in the past year. Your post is really inspiring!

    Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged
    August 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I am new to your blog and I just fell in love with all your travels 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing not only your great adventures but when you have learned from French women. They somehow always have their sh*& together 🙂

    August 13, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Cute post, I love this. I’ve been to Paris and have some French friends and this is quite true. They age beautifully and are confident and fairly carefree!

    August 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

    A very interesting and feminine point of view. These women really know how to celebrate life!

    Isis Reis
    August 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Loved the post, very inspiring!

    August 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I think it is important to remind yourself, that only if you treat your body right, your body can thank you for it by looking great. I don’t mean model-like skinny, more of an overall healthy glow. I don’t think that french women should be generalized this way, since this might raise expectations one or the other french woman cannot live up to and be offended or hurt. Yet, I agree that some cultures are a few steps ahead, when it comes to cherishing your own body and focusing on its health.
    I still like the posts overall message, great idea to share your personal experiences, not only on sights, but also on cultures and what we can learn from them.
    Only the best, Lou.

    August 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great statement! Especially since we girls need to be reminded of that from time to time 😉

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    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Amazing! Such a good read again. There are so more to learn from French women.

    Au Fil d'Isa
    August 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I love your blog but I have to disagree with this post. We French women are just like every other women on this planet : we do feel insecure, we do snack and eat because of the way we feel and we’re absolutely not all skinny. I belong to a team of French-speaking fashion bloggers called French Curves (you can learn more and see them here : We try to embrace our curves and our weight and support each other to be more confident but it’s not always easy. I did learn to love my body but it’s not because I’m French, just because ultimately it’s the only thing that makes sense.
    However I’m happy for you if your travels inspired you to do the same. A girl should always feel good in her own skin no matter how she looks!

    August 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I adhere the same principle like french woman! 🙂

    Caroline Achieng Otieno
    August 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Haven’t been much to France…should make a point of visiting, these are awesome points to learn from French women!

    Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home
    August 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Lovely post. Traveling’s also made me a lot more comfortable in my own skin 🙂

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    August 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Great reminder – if only we in the western world could take a leaf out of the French gospel! You look great in the pic by the way!

    August 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Though I haven’t traveled so much in France, I learned many of these lessons while traveling throughout Europe. It is such a same that most women raised in the United States cannot naturally feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin and are almost always looking to change their bodies in one way or another. Don’t get me started on what is wrong with a society that objectifies women and expects them to adhere to unattainable beauty standards argh. Great post!!

    Paris Marx
    August 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    There’s so much to be learned from other cultures. I had a similar experience in Scandinavia. They seem not to care at all about nudity, and are really comfortable with their bodies. It seemed to me a really refreshing way of thinking, coming from the prudish and body-concious society of North America.

    August 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Such a nice read and agree with everything you said. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of just how amazing each and every one of us are! A&Bx