Are French girls still special?
During my stays abroad, I used to get very annoyed by the “French” tag people immediately put on me. I didn’t want it. And the less I wanted it, the more my attitude was “so French”. Anyway, I ended up accepting my country of birth and my supposed French characteristics. Here are the ones about me:
Never look down
PUTTING ON MAKEUP AND THEN REMOVING HALF OF IT
So this is about lightening makeup. In my case, I used to lighten it so much before going out that people thought I didn’t have any on whereas I had spent 20 whole minutes putting on my makeup. Ditto for hairstyle; curling hair and then ultimately tying it up behind because the curls didn’t seem natural… For me, it is better to look dishevelled.
No matching outfit
BREAKING YOUR HEAD TO NOT HAVE TOO MUCH OF A MATCHY MATCHY OUTFIT
Especially to avoid a look straight out of a magazine. Class is about saying that you put on something you found here or there, or to be genius enough to match a particular item of clothing with another one that no one else would have thought of… Here, buying expensive clothes in order to be sure of being stylish is cheating!
EXPRESSING YOUR OPINION ABOUT A TOPIC CLEARLY & THINKING THAT BEING GENUINE WOULD BE APPRECIATED
In more than one case, it’s surprising, sometimes it is disliked but more often than not, it is followed up with a “so French hahaha!” which puts an end to the discussion, which in turn is inconvenient as I wanted to either debate or at least say a few more platitudes about the topic, but clearly, the other person is not interested in pursuing the conversation with me…
Be red, or not
PUTTING ON A LITTLE BIT OF RED & THEN THINKING THAT YOU'RE TOTALLY IN A "PARTY" MODE
Lipstick or nail polish and wham, I’m going out! I want to stress on the “or”. If I put lipstick on, of course I don’t put on nail polish. It’s one or the other or else, it’s too much.
Speak and kiss
TALKING TO SEDUCE
I need to talk in order to be seduced and I thought this was the case with all human beings. However, this distinctive feature, I was told, is “very French”. I never knew how to take it. Is it a compliment to have a conversation? Or did I bore my conversation partner by talking too much? Either way, this is often associated with my nationality!
In fact, I could summarise my Frenchness; it is making life difficult by trying to make things easy, and debating fervently about everything including this! Voilà.