Portrait of a Milady: Jean Seberg

When your friend tells you look a little bit (un petit peu) like the actress Jean Seberg, what does this milady do? Well, try to imitate her, of course!

Although born in Iowa, by 1960 Jean Seberg was a cultural icon in France, influencing the Parisian fashions. The look I’m imitating here is her signature garçonne style – the sweet yet androgynous mixture of classic tailored shapes which would come to define the image of French New Wave.

Her first two films, Saint Joan and Bonjour Tristesse were trashed by film critics but she caught the eye of avant-garde director Jean-Luc Godard who cast her as the female lead in his film Breathless. This famous film marked the beginning of French New Wave cinema.

Sadly, Jean died at the early age of 40 due to a barbiturate overdose. I love this quote by Jean: “I’m unapologetic not because I’m strong-willed or overconfident. I’m unapologetic because this is it; this is my life. There is nothing I can do, no one I can please. I am a person with a strong sense of being, that’s all.” This pretty much sums me up, and paired with her style, I’m proud to resemble Jean in some small way.

**Milady Note: I’ve put a filter on this photo just trying to get it to match this iconic photo of Jean. Trust me, my skin isn’t this flawless!!**


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