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Episode 2: The Masthead With Marie Claire Video

A peek at the February issue featuring Cate Blanchett and Ivanka Trump.

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Welcome to the Sixth Episode of the Masthead with Marie Claire. And in this episode and the next episode, we'll be doing a style smackdown between France and America. Who is the chicest of them all? And in today's episode, we'll be talking to our beauty director, Didi Gluck. We'll be interviewing French women about what they do beauty-wise to give them that je ne sais quoi. We'll also be talking to our new style director, Cleo Glyde, who's a former couture model and she weighs in on the current debate, are models too thin, are they too fat. She will be using models of course. She has her own stories from modeling days and she's written a piece for us called Glamourexia. And we'll have our fashion must-have, but before we get on to that, let's go on to our beauty smackdown. The beauty smackdown between the French and American is such a great fun idea that we have really rolled with because, of course, there's that love-hate relationship between America and France. We wanted to conjure up from right down to the makeup artist and the hairstylist how the French and the quintessential American woman is?

The French woman makes the effort to look effortless.

French is more about a strong lip, a black liner, and maybe that's it.

Opposed to the American woman who really likes to put the effort into absolutely everything.

Everything is more monochromatically beautiful and not just one thing that's coming out.

Ultimately, the way I see it, this is really-- you know, the hair is a major part of the shoot because I really sort of-- I sort of see the hair is making a big difference, I think, with the French and the American star.

There is definitely a signature style that you can see in women and I definitely think, with the French women, there's a-- a laid-back sophistication. And with women in America, there's a-- a tangible sexiness.

American would spend an hour in the morning like fixing their hair. That will never happen a lot in France ever.

We're working more on the color.

We're asked what was the real poster girl for America, this is the poster girl for France, which is completely exemplified by actresses is the moody complicated brunette as opposed to the sexy sassy blonde. I mean, 'cause with these products, the Sunsilk Color Boost products that we were talking about in the studio, Sunsilk Blonde Bombshell is what they actually called the blonde one because, for us, blondes have more fun and blonde [unknown]. And they didn't go-- they didn't play the sexy card. It's beyond brunette. So that, for us, is kind of perfectly expresses the way we think of French women versus American women.

This has sort of been an obsession of mine ever since forever when I discovered that French women kind of exist on a different plane when it comes to beauty. It's a very personal story, but of course, Marie Claire having such a strong French heritage, being a French Magazine, it was a topic that seemed perfect.

When you look at French women versus American women, what you notice immediately is that they seem to do absolutely nothing and look gorgeous.

I think French women like-- like, if you think in the morning, how long do you take? I think all my American friends take much longer getting ready in the morning than I do.

Yes I do.

Much ink has been spilled on how the French just enjoy life more and how their foods are less processed and how-- they don't sweat it out at the gym but they walk every place, how important water is in their regimen. They're constantly detoxing themselves.

And you really believe that you can detox?

Oh yeah. Oh yes.


Well I'm-- I'm a proof you know, definitely. I do detox.

I do.


And [unknown] detoxify after that. What do you do?

We're just so much more accustomed in America, as you know, since you both live here now. From thinking about-- Thinking about the quick fix--

Instant gratification.

And the quick gratification.

instant gratification. We're very much from the outside in--

Rather than hit you over the head with a whole tip to toe look, they prefer a little bit of flavor--

Is that so?

just like a little bit of red wine with the meal.

What is this thing with red? Red nails, red lips.

It's love. It's love. It's passion, sex. [unknown] you know. It's Italian [unknown].

Yeah. [unknown]

I actually started modeling by twist of faith, I was in Paris on a study trip, one year into my Law/Arts Degree, and because of my height, I'm 6 foot 1, I've got a 6 foot 10 dad. What made me sort of goofy and coltish and very, very sort of awkward at school became a sort of Valkyrian trump card in the world of fashion.

What would be so brilliant for us is if you can take us into that world given that you lived it back when you were on the runway.

Maybe what I could do is talk about [unknown] the pressure on how, what might seem like insanity from the outside in becomes not only normal but incredibly exciting--

Uh huh.

that kind of a bit of a drug and pick me, pick me.

Yeah, she's told me a lot of wild stories and it's starting with, you know, with great diet that she was on to, you know, get prepared for a show that was coming up at the end of the week and she, you know, passed out.

I-- I went to girls that could eat, you know, a key lime pie and a couple of burgers everyday and they wouldn't put on a gram. That's just their metabolism and then, the rest of us, we had to huff and puff like crazy to get down there, attempting to achieve that. If that's not what nature had in mind for you, you can have you know direct consequences.

It's gonna be a great story. I think it's really-- you know, it will be really perfect for right now.

Well, there's a lot of concern globally these days about women becoming anorexic in order to be fashionable or to be models.

I think that what we always want to come back to is the celebration of self. What we wanna do at Marie Claire is celebrate-- celebrate everybody's differences. We love high fashion,--

But we also are-- are very concerned about, you know, the well being of women.

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One of the best things about doing this podcast is we can show you things that didn't quite make the magazine often for reasons no other than we simply didn't have enough pages. And this is a great pair of skinny pants we all love from the Gap. And we're doing a piece on our April issue about jeans and the best way to wear denim, what kind of denim suits your figure, and these are just a great flattering pair for almost all body types, such they're very skinny as you can see and the price is skinny too. They're only $68. And we're matching them with this fab top from H&M, which is glued into the futuristic trend which can be difficult to wear, but this is actually very wearable in a lovely sort of black silky material and it's only $50 and particularly wearable. We like both of them. So that's it for this episode. Tune in next episode to find out what's going on in our fashion smackdown. Who is the chicest of them all? The French? Or the Americans? And you can tell us what you think on Marieclaire.podshow.com. So keep those comments and opinions coming. We love hearing from you and until the next episode. Talk to you then.

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