The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine

The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna 

Inner beauty is reflected in external beauty. 

A splendid example of this is Cindy Bruna who we met a few weeks ago in Paris on the occasion of the presentation of the collection she designed in collaboration with the historic French brand Aubade.

Cindy Bruna is a supermodel. 

Of an Italian father and Congolese mother, Cindy was born and raised in the south of France. 

She modeled for the main fashion brands and posed for the major covers and advertising campaigns, becoming one of Steven Meisel‘s muses.

In 2014 Models.com included her among the top 50 top models in the world.

Created in 1875 by Doctor Bernard, a corset specialist, the Aubade brand was founded in 1958, when panties and girdles were essential elements of women’s lingerie collections.

No longer bound by the requirement to provide physical support, Aubade has written the first chapters of its story by offering sensual and glamorous products: lingerie becomes a real weapon of seduction.

The collaboration comes from the desire to have fun and create a collection that reflects Cindy’s free spirit and the sophisticated heritage of Aubade.

Hi Cindy!

According to you, what’s fashion?

For me fashion is a way to express yourself, to own who you are, to have fun. 

Sometimes, fashion reflects what is going on in the world.

And And how is fashion connected to social media today?

What does it mean to be a top model today and what is the difference with the super models from the 90s?

We have there is a direct way to engage with the audience and with your fans.

Back in the days,there were a distance thanks to the Social platforms.

Legendary top models were seen through the filter of the image of themselves that they had constructed.

There was a distance, a gap in the communication with the audience that today has been filled thanks to Socials.

Today we have the privilege to have a direct contact with our audience with which we can interact. 

We’re not anymore only the image of a brand, the image of a campaign, the image of a magazine. 

We are actual people with who you can connect and share your values. 

How could you describe your style?

There’s a thing to say about my style. 

When I dress to go to an event or walk on a red carpet like at Festival de  Cannes and I work together with my stylist Mickael Carpin we like to take risks trying different things and having fun.

In my personal life I love pretty simple things like oversize pants, casual, comfortable, boyish looks.

So, these are moments when I’m Cindy Bruna and moments when I’m just Cindy.

I’m collaborating with an amazing team and they are really able to transform me and I love that.

In 2022, you publish the book Le jour où j’ai arrêté d’avoir peur where you recount some passages from your childhood, during which your mother was the victim of physical violence by her then partner.

How important is it to provide information about gender violence and fight against gender violence?

For me is very important.

When I was little more than a little girl and I was experiencing domestic violence at home I didn’t know that what I was experiencing was domestic violence. 

I had no other examples, no one was talking about this topic.

In most cases, when you see domestic violence you see physical abuses. 

In tv I had the example of abused women in that sense.

But, when we started to experience violence in my house it was not what we had first.

These are so many different abductions sneaky ways to be violent. You can exercise psychological violence, verbal violence, economic violence. Starting points which obviously then explode into physical abuses.

You always normalize what is happening because no one talks about it and you yourself think it’s normal which is insane. You think it’s ok and you don’t make a big deal about it.

It actually took me years for realizing that what I was experiencing was domestic violence. 

I spent years before realizing that I was a victim and call me a victim. 

It took me ages to identify our experience as domestic violence, and my mom as well.

It’s not only about me as kid. Also my mom for years didn’t realize she was experiencing domestic violence when she was.

The book exists because of that. 

And also for showing the place of the kids in certain dynamics. Kids are witnesses but also actual victims. 

For me it was very important to throw all out and mainly show the pattern, show the signs because parents are very similar in very different houses and I wanted to make them understand that if you recognize one of the signs I described you must to leave. Because you should leave after the first sign, you should never wait and be able to break the silence.

Breaking the silence is so important for me, even in my own family it was complicated.

It’s not a tabu anymore, let’s talk about it!

Only if you break the silence you can finally deal with the problem, there’s no other way.

Also, if I can talk to the young girls getting in the first relationships and those relationships are so fragile in a way and they are still not fully done as person because they are growing and evolving for becoming who they want, I would say “be careful!”. 

They should realize that domestic violence can be your boyfriend who is aggressive with you, verbally and psychologically.

Moreover, there is a lot of violence on Social medias now posting the picture you sent privately, sharing your videos with friends, etc. That’s violence.

I think it’s very important to show the young generation that they have to be aware. Even in the first relationship they can be abused in any way, and that’s never ok.

Sometimes, you just watch tv and you see those romances between two people and it can be so toxic. We should never romanticize the fact that they arguing, having fights, yelling each other. It’s definitely giving the wrong message. 

It’s dangerous.

 It’s not cool, it’s not healthy, it’s not hot.

Let’s talk about your collaboration with Aubade… 

Aubade is a brand that has been with me all my life. My mom was wearing Aubade, and she had a very big collection. Aubade was always part of her closet, and also of mine.

She was obsessed with the brand and my obsession came from her.

That’s how we started. 

When Aubade came to us for discussing about the possibility of a collaboration for me was a big yes, a straight yes since the first moment.

Let’s do that!”, I said. 

It was such a privilege to have the opportunity to design a collection for Aubade.

It’s brand that is in the system since ever. It’s a French brand, and I’m French. 

It is the symbolic brand of savoir-faire.

The quality, the accuracy, everything is so special that I was so excited and I was already imagining that the final result would have been amazing.

When we started I came with this visual moodboard containing pictures, patterns, ideas and for translating it in real pieces was hard.

My aim was to have a focus on the movement.

I started with the stretch marks I have on my backside which I love the movement, they seem like tattoos. I took pictures of them and I wanted to have and see those ideal tattoos in the collection I was going to create.

And then, I took inspiration by the symbols of nature like waves, the sand, the tree trunks.

All this was mixed and translated in this collection.

I also wanted to be able to wear those pieces outside. It is not a collection of women’s underwear. With this collection you can create your look, for both day and night. Also cuts are important because they give further fluidity to the items. 

We created different pieces in two different colors: black and blue.

Black because it was not optional. Black is black. I wear black all the time. If you go through my dressing it’s literally black. I needed black, that was sure. I love deep black, and that’s what we chosen.

Blue is my favorite color. Obviously I wanted to have blue in the collection.

Finding the right blue was hard as well. 

You have so many shapes of blue and it was not easy to identify the perfect one. And finding the perfect blue was one of the challenges. 

Both the black and the blue we chosen match perfectly with the little gold inserts that enrich all the items. 

One of my favorite pieces is the long silk dress that has a deep neckline at the back and you can wear it for an evening out or for an intimate evening at home.

I wanted to make a collection for any woman, any woman with different bodies can wear each of the pieces of the collection.

Do you have any favorite piece from the collection?

As I mentioned, the long silk dress is one of my favorite pieces but the the triangle-armature that you can wear as top is my very favorite one. 

Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment”, Alexander McQueen said.

In 2024, can fashion still be an escape route, a way to escape social conventions?

It is. It’s a form of expression and when you express yourself you free something. 

I do agree with Alexander McQueen.

What I think instead is that now people shouldn’t follow a trend. Trends can be a limit. You should make your own decisions trying to wear what you really like, following your feelings.

Even when people say: “you should wear this” or “that’s a bad fashion move”, I fully disagree. 

You must be free to wear whatever you want and if you feel amazing in that look do it, even if others think it’s bad.

A letter to your future self.

I hope you’re in peace, you’re enjoying, you’re doing what you love because it’s what I’m doing now.

I hope you feel yourself surrounded by good people.

I’m getting ready for you, and I hope I’m doing it properly.

The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  The art of beauty- A chat with Cindy Bruna  Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
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