Check our exclusive interview with gorgeous fashionista, traveler and socialite Clarisse Lafleur.
Follow Clarisse on Instagram (@clarisselafleur) to see her great photos, her fashion looks and the stunning travel destinations all over the world.
Hi Clarisse, please you tell us a little about you?
I was born on July 6th 1997 in New Caledonia (French island in the Pacific Ocean). I moved to Australia four years ago and I currently study a Master of Business at Bond University. I’m quite active, I play golf, tennis and I like to run half marathons. I have an eye for fashion and I love shopping. A tabloid in France once called me “the French Paris Hilton”, that’s hot.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Name one of your strengths?
I have a really thick skin. My family has always been in the public eye back home, so people talk a lot (rumours, bullying, stereotypes…). Growing up wasn’t always easy. People assume the worst and have preconceived ideas about me but at the end of the day I know who I am.
Do you have a role model?
I just try to be a decent human being and keep my grades as high as my standards.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life so far?
My grandfather. He was the President of New Caledonia for about 20 years as well as a member of the French National Assembly for three decades; unfortunately, he passed away in 2010. He was tough, blunt and didn’t pay much attention to what people thought of him. But he was also a very generous man and an amazing leader; I miss him dearly. He would be proud of me.
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to become a vet, I love animals. I also wanted to become a forensic doctor… I was probably watching too many true crime stories. Then I developed an interest in Business. Directing myself towards two Business degrees (Bachelor and Master) was allowing me to work with my parents and take over the family business. I have also always been passionate about fashion. I don’t want to work in fashion journalism or manufacturing, but I would love to combine business and fashion: how fashion companies are managed, the numbers behind all the glitters.
What did you learn from your biggest failure? (if any)
Be careful of who you trust.
Best advice you have followed?
Take vitamins and get your nails done regularly.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Success is an important factor. But for me, happiness is all about making memories with my family and loved ones, it could be going on an adventure around the globe or just a simple dinner. I love being surrounded by people who believe in me and who make me shine bright.
You love traveling. Tell us your Top 3 places in to travel and which place or country is still on your bucket list?
My top 3: France, Italy and the UAE.
Bucket List: Greece and Russia
It’s tricky to travel with my studies, we have three study breaks a year here. This year I’m going to Bora Bora during my first break in May, South Africa in August and most likely Courchevel in December for my Christmas/New Year break.
How would you describe your fashion style?
When I go to University I keep it classic and practical. I’ll wear something casual like a cute dress, a shirt and cute shorts… or simply activewear. Wear your basics but add cute accessories to spice it up.
My style can be really versatile. I’m confident enough to wear whatever comes out of the runways and I have a lot of really nice pieces in my closets, but I rarely wear them because the lifestyle is so laid back in Australia… I would look weird.
My best advice is to have fun, experiment but don’t overdo it because it can easily have the opposite effect; you want to look expensive and you end up looking cheap.
Can you give us your Fashion trends for this Summer?
Short shorts, unbuttoned shirts, maxi dresses… and bright colors! Yellow, pink or white looks amazing in summer, especially if you have a nice tan. Then, accessorize with a little purse, a cute pair of espadrilles, a hat and sexy sunglasses…
Do you support any charities?
I support the Red Cross. I’m a regular blood donor and I started donating blood three years ago.
Can you describe a typical day in your life?
During the week I wake up pretty early, between 5 and 6:00am. After breakfast I go to the gym or I play tennis depending on the day. Then I get ready and go to Uni. In the afternoon, I go back to the gym and train with my friends or I go hit a few balls at the golf course… sometimes I just chill in the sauna and steam room to detox. My weekends are pretty normal, I hang out with my friends, I go shopping or I go to the beach. I don’t go out anymore; I started going out when I was really young so now I’m over it. I first started clubbing with my big brother who took me with him… He was 17 and I was 14 years old, oops!
What’s the advice you live by?
“Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” by George Bernard Shaw
Who is your favourite Actor/Actress? And why?
I love Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, they’re stunning.
What’s your favourite quote?
“The only person you should be comparing yourself to is the person you were yesterday.” I read it on Tumblr.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Karl Lagerfeld and Joan Rivers. They both had an amazing sense of humour and impeccable taste.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is…?
Doing something crazy that I’ve never done before.
Something people don’t know about you?
I’m double jointed, which means that I’m pretty flexible. So I can actually lick my elbow, it’s a cool party trick.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
Poor table manners.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Logically it would be: Oxygen, Food, Shelter. But I want to say: Love, Travel, Money
What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
I do stupid things everyday… I’ve lost count.
What is your workout routine these days?
I train six times a week. I go to the gym and I also train outdoors. I play tennis twice a week and sometimes I wonder by the golf course and hit a few balls. I usually do high intensity interval trainings (HIIT) and run a lot. I have completed two half marathons and I am training for my third one in July this year. I do a bit of kickboxing too! It’s fun and also an excellent cardio training.
What is your favourite healthy food?
Fruits! And I usually keep my diet pretty classic: I go with lean meat and green vegetables.
And your favourite cheat food?
Anything Italian! Give me fresh pasta and I’ll love you forever.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
Candice Swanepoel and Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Who are some of your favourite models and designers, and why?
Models: Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Cara Delevingne
Designers: I love Anthony Vaccarello, he’s the designer for Saint Laurent and Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior: they really boosted the brands and took amazing creative decisions, it’s a lot more edgy and wearable for younger generations.
Five years from now you will be….
Better! I’m already happy with where I am and who I am right now but I’m trying to become a better version of myself each year.
What do you think of the Social Media?
It’s a love/hate relationship. Social media allowed me to meet some of the most wonderful people… and some of the worst.
Where can we follow you?
I think Twitter hates me… I don’t really know why, I woke up one day and received an email saying they deleted my account.
Favourite Book: I don’t have one, I haven’t read a lot of books. When we had assigned readings in High-School I never read the books, I just googled the summary or read the Wikipedia page. I think the only book I ever finished was Coco Chanel’s biography.
Sports Team: I don’t like team sports. My favourite athletes are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova… all tennis players.
Bar: L’Opéra in St Tropez
Restaurant: L’Avenue in Paris for lunch and Ioesco in Australia for dinner!
Drink: Sex on the Beach
Song: I’m pretty mainstream, love a good Ariana Grande or Cardi B song… but when I work out I only listen to EDM, it gets me going.
Travel destination: Dubai
Movie: I’m pretty easy on films, I go from comedy to horror… it depends on my mood. My guilty pleasure is slasher movies like Scream, Prom Night, Friday 13th.
Tv Show: House of Cards, How To Get Away With Murder, Game of Thrones and of course Gossip Girl and Friends.