The Courtin-Clarins Clan

The Courtin-Clarins girls seem to be a big hit on my blog, so I thought I’d bring you more.

The Courtin-Clarins craze has swept everyone, including Anna Wintour. Once Wintour spotted the four at New York Fashion Week she requested to meet them immediately and shortly after ordered a portrait shoot the next day for Vogue’s April 2011 “Flash” section, in which she appointed them her new “It” girls.

The group consists of Claire Courtin-Clarins, 24, and sister Virginie, 26–both of whom I’ve featured on the blog previously. Twin cousins, Jenna and Prisca, 25 are also part of the “It” girls–all four heiresses to the French cosmetics company Clarins.

From left, Virginie, Jenna, Prisca, and Claire Courtin-Clarins at a Clarins spa at the Hotel Royal Monceau in Paris.

(Photo: Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello. From left, Virginie wearing Marysia bikini (available at 25 Park, 1296 Third Ave.; 212-585-2525), Giuseppe Zanotti shoes (available at Giuseppe Zanotti); Jenna wearing Michael Kors bikini (available at Michael Kors), Manolo Blahnik shoes (available at Manolo Blahnik); Prisca wearing Prada bodysuit (available at Prada), Manolo Blahnik shoes; Claire wearing Prada bandeau top, Tori Praver briefs (available at Saks Fifth Avenue), Christian Louboutin shoes (available at Christian Louboutin). Styling by Chloe Kerman; makeup by Morgane Martini at ArtList; hair by Mark Hampton at Julian Watson Agency.)

The company was founded in 1954 by French medical student Jacques Courtin-Clarins (Claire and Virginie’s grandfather).

“…You know, I would do anything for our grandfather,” said Claire. “He died in 2007. We were totally in love with him. He founded ­Clarins. He is my god and my way of thinking and everything. Like, I want to be the same as him. I’m sure if he were alive, he might not like this, us being photographed.”

“Yes, he would,” said Virginie. “When he died, we were too young. He was protective of us. We don’t want to be stars. We want to help the company that meant so much to him and still means so much to our fathers and us.” As she spoke, Claire put her hand over her head and stroked the back of her own neck. Her grand­father’s name is tattooed there in Chinese characters. “Our grandfather came from nothing,” said Virginie.
[ From New York Magazine] To read more of the article, click here.

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