Just looking at the Courtin-Clarins girls makes you want to hate them — they're charismatic, gorgeous, wealthy, intelligent, chic, successful, and seem to have the world (or, at least, the fashion world) wrapped around their manicured fingers. But in addition to being absolutely stunning and fabulous, these heiress It Girls are also remarkably likable, sweet, and savvy, as we found out after one enlightening interview session.
The granddaughters of Clarins founder, Jacques Courtin-Clarins, Virginie, Claire, Jenna, and Prisca spent their childhood immersed in the beauty world and, later, fashion. As our photographer aptly phrased it after listening to the girls describe their idyllic childhood, "they were born into girl heaven."
Now, that the girls have matured, they've taken an active role in the company, promoting the brand at events like Sephora's Fashion's Night Out extravaganza and even helping to spearhead a new online initiative, Clarins' just-launched Beauty Flash Blog, where the girls star in how-to and behind-the-scenes videos, along with some of their big-name friends in the industry.
We tagged along with Virginie, Jenna, and Prisca (Claire was still in Paris) as they prepped for their FNO appearance to talk about what it was like growing up a part of France's most famous beauty family, their take on fashion, and some of the unexpected pitfalls of being their grandfather's product guinea pigs. (Hint: It involves cellulite cream.)
Photographed by Bek Andersen