Emily In Paris actress Camille Razat talks fashion, beauty and the show’s second season
When French actress Camille Razat recently walked the Côte d’Azur red carpet at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, she looked nothing less than a vision in her ruched Balmain dress. Her arty updo, with dramatic curls, was also a thief of shows.
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The L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador had quickly become a fan favorite when Emilie in Paris was released on Netflix at the end of last year. She played the role of the French friend of the American protagonist (Emily, played by Lily Collins) (also called by the way Camille) in the now Nominated for Emmy Awards show.
On the trays
Much has been written about the quiet dignity of her character and her fashion sense brimming with Parisian chic. The French-born diva reveals that she is delighted to be back on the sets of the second season of the star of Lily Collins created by the American writer Darren Star. She says, “This is exciting! In season two, fans will see more of Camille’s character, and she has so many layers to her. It was also exciting meeting the whole crew as we haven’t been together for almost two years now. And it was great to see them again. Emilie in Paris, although immensely popular and watched by 58 million homes worldwide according to Netflix, has received a mixed reception. However, the warm and affable Camille was unanimous. But critics aside, it’s fair to agree that the show came at a time when COVID-19 made stay-at-home the norm and most people were yearning for a light escape that Emily in Paris was looking to offer. The 27-year-old French-born actress says, “We realize this isn’t the real Paris, but we want it to be a dream. We wanted the show to be on the bright and happy side. We all know it. Sex in the City and we know it’s not (all) New York too. But it worked because people dreamed about it. Hope everyone in India enjoyed watching it.
Her style was markedly different from that of the American protagonist, and it was almost a language through which she expressed herself on the series. The effortlessness of her couture, relaxed blonde locks was a perfect match. It was the understated French elegance comprising of black dresses, boots and even a pinstripe jacket that made her all the stylish sensation once the show was out. Her minimalist and monochrome sensibilities, often accentuated by a scarf, did wonders to complement the chic character she embodied. We ask her if it relates to the style of her character, to which she replies: “I have the impression that it is not very far from the character of Camille. I worked closely with Marylin Fitoussi, who is the costume designer on the set. And I think we taste the same. She lets me put pieces together; some of the clothes are from my own wardrobe. I love the perfect leather jackets and stuff like that; it’s something I have in my closet. Maybe in real life I’m a bit more rock and roll. I would say a little more grunge. But it’s not very far from the character’s style. She counts model Kate Moss and Princess Diana as her style inspirations, “Kate is a huge inspiration. And Princess Diana had a rare sense of fashion, ”shares the truly blue fashionista.
When she walked the red carpet for the beauty brand, a job she says she is proud of, she wanted to defend their initiatives Stand Up Against Street Harassment and Lights On Women Award, she said: “On the platform – Stand Up shape, you have some training you can do that allows women to be prepared to respond to the situation, I think that’s so smart and so well built. In addition, for this latest award which honors emerging female directors, she thinks it’s a welcome initiative because it’s a challenge to work on a short film. The beauty brand in association with the Short films competition of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival started this. At the event which has just ended, the prize was awarded to Aleksandra Odic from Germany, for her film Frida. Camille tells us: “I know it’s very hard to make a short film. It’s great that they can also use this platform to help young women achieve their dreams and produce the movies these women want to make.
Breaking the norm
We enter a discussion of what constitutes the idea of beauty for the model, actress and the representative of the beauty brand. She tells us there are glaring drawbacks to airbrushed images that we are continually subjected to on social media. It also tells us what can be done differently. “There are two sides to this. It’s good that you can use your platform however you want. It’s good to be free. But the other side is when you only see beauty and those stereotypes of beauty all day; it may make you feel worse. So you have to be careful and honest with people, ”she says.
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She thinks it’s important for social media to tag an image that’s edited or photoshopped so viewers are aware that it’s not real and doesn’t end up setting unattainable standards. “For example, I think Instagram should highlight (and they’re starting to) when a photo is edited. They should put it on a photo, as that photo is not quite real and has been photoshopped. I think this will solve some really big problems that young people or young women can have, including myself. I may post a photo that is a little touched up, either because it’s a requirement of the brand, or because I just want to try a filter, maybe the Paris filter and Instagram should look at the labeling as retouched. To me, even the filters sometimes seem touched up. But in the world of Instagram, sometimes the images we see have no wrinkles at all, not even the smile lines. So I think they should tag it and call them if the photo is photoshopped, ”says the 27-year-old, who believes inclusiveness and authenticity should be the order of the day. “I think we have to. We’re moving forward, it’s great. But there is still a lot to do. For example, for non-binary people, it is necessary to talk about them much more and represent them much more than what is done today, ”concludes Camille.
Emily In Paris season 2 release to be confirmed.