Lola Rykiel, founder of PR and consulting agency Le Chocolat Noir, advises going for a natural photo of yourself laughing or smiling, which is guaranteed to win out over a “duck face with an Instagram filter” any day.
As they skeptically break into the online dating game, the French try to transmit an element of effortlessness through their profiles, approaching them more as into their real lives than professionally retouched modeling portfolios.
Lauriane Gepner, founder of the app Dojo, says that she consciously skips the “best day in years” one-off shots in favor of more accurate photos that leave no room for unrealistic expectations.
“Everyone has pictures with books and a perfectly lit dim background, or pictures of themselves hidden in shadows—you can barely see them, but they look oh-so-cool!
”In fact, most of the French people I spoke to perceive sartorial choices as an extension of character.
Although she personally views dating apps as “the supermarket of love” where romance goes to die, she admits that the landscape is slowly changing, with more people coming to embrace the technological intrusion into the once-organic process.
“It is just a modern way of meeting and loving each other, I suppose,” she muses.
First-date venues vary from casual terraces to aimless promenades, while outfits are kept nonchalant and reflective of one’s habitual style.
Gepner tends to go straight for the quintessential Parisian uniform of a Bardot top, jeans, and long trench, adding a deep red lip for a touch of drama.
According to Stéphanie Delpon, cofounder of Paris creative agency Pictoresq, the concept is still heavily stigmatized, as it goes against the key pillars of the French mentality.
“We live with the belief that love should be easy to find, that it should be sudden and beautiful, like in the books,” Delpon explains.
A.” who may look excellent in cutoffs but often have little to add to the equation. Anderson clutch does send his inner aesthete into overdrive, his main criteria is confidence, which is always evident through photos.