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Carine Roitfeld Recalls Her Teen Modeling Years

For the latest issue of V magazine, Carine Roitfeld styled a shoot inspired by … herself! As you may recall, the editor was a model during her teen years in Paris, although she has since dismissed the experience: “I wasn’t a star … I was just booked for junior magazines.” But as a stylish girl from a bourgeois family, she obviously looked much cooler than the average 16-year-old — indeed, most of us would prefer to forget that era of our wardrobes.

For this editorial, shot by Sebastian Faena, she dressed a model in some teen staples, like a denim hat and Disney attire. “I was obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse,” she recalls. “There was a shop on Rue de Canettes in the 6th called Western House that imported everything from America, and I found my Disney pieces there.” Click ahead to see more, and read memories of her teenage self.

Photo: Sebastina Faena/Courtesy of V Magazine

“I never aspired to wear big labels the way young people might today. I thought high fashion and fashion magazines were for old ladies and not me.”

Photo: Sebastina Faena/Courtesy of V Magazine

“Crossing my legs like this was my signature. My clothes were usually very small and very tight, and I would go to lycée looking like this. The school was co-ed, so there were no dress codes, which I found very liberating.”

Photo: Sebastina Faena/Courtesy of V Magazine
Photo: Sebastina Faena/Courtesy of V Magazine

“The denim hat with stars came from Sisley, a label that’s still around today. I would be dressed like this when Emanuel de la Fressange, brother of Inès, would come around on his Solex motorcycle to take me to Castel, a popular nightclub. It was there that I met the other Sisley, my partner and the father of my two children.”

Photo: Sebastina Faena/Courtesy of V Magazine
Photo: Sebastina Faena/Courtesy of V Magazine

“I would wear this on the metro as a day look, which today would be impossible because you’d be chased down. I was very skinny, so I bought my tops at children’s stores for very cheap. In France no one knew what a lunch box was because no one took their lunch to work. Mine was from Walt Disney and I wore it everywhere because I was obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There was a shop on Rue de Canettes in the 6th called Western House that imported everything from America, and I found my Disney pieces there.”

Carine Roitfeld Recalls Her Teen Modeling Years