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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

What does LancĂ´me represent for you personally and what values do you 
share with the brand?

LancĂ´me epitomises French beauty: it 
is a brand of great emotion and intuition 
that embodies truly natural femininity.

Why did you choose LancĂ´me to partner this program? Is it because LancĂ´me embodies French beauty across the globe?

LancĂ´me’s history is inextricably linked to fashion, cosmetics and elegance in France through the ages, making the brand the perfect partner for a program designed to show young people in difficulty that pursuing a career in the arts really is possible, and that art and culture offer a wealth of future possibilities and job opportunities in exciting professions.

The Foundation is delighted with this partnership. In France, philanthropy is too often left to charity associations, and very rarely addressed by the business world. We still have much to learn in this area, from the United States in particular, and LancĂ´me is leading the way for a new approach to solidarity.

What practical objectives have you set for the LancĂ´me Revelations program and what role does this program play within the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation?

The LancĂ´me Revelations program will give disadvantaged students access to the best artistic and cultural training available in higher education. I believe it is a great injustice that art schools are often reserved exclusively for the privileged, notably the Parisian elite. There is raw talent all around us but, without support and guidance, young people from underprivileged backgrounds often fall victim to self-censorship, telling themselves “it’s not 
for me anyway”.

In concrete terms, we offer personalised guidance and support for students in their final year of high school in France, giving them every chance to gain entry to art foundation classes, applied art schools 
or arts and crafts courses.

The program extends to several high schools spread across France, and these establishments will receive visits from experts, artists and artisans to talk about their profession and offer personal guidance for students. If even a handful of the hundreds of young people involved 
in this program discover their artistic calling, or see new doors open that they had previously never considered, we will consider it a true success.

How do you think artistic professions can provide promising future prospects for these underprivileged young people?

The artistic professions are particularly demanding: they require both talent and technique. Young people from underprivileged backgrounds have a wealth of talent to offer, and the guidance program is designed to provide them with the means and opportunity to express and fine-tune this talent. The true potential of every student is explored, guided and nurtured. 
It is all about equal opportunities; the same hope for everyone, but more than that 
– personal development and fulfilment.

Pursuing a career in the arts also provides a path into the professional world and presents a range of job opportunities. Working in arts and crafts as a restorer, jeweller or fashion designer; working behind the scenes in the world of entertainment as a stage manager or photographer; or becoming an interior 
or fashion designer … these are all highly technical professions which need to be studied and perfected.

Careers in the arts are not often prioritised, but in reality they play a 
central role in French excellence.

 

How will you personally support the LancĂ´me Revelations program?

The high schools are spread across France and, although unfortunately I won’t be 
able to visit each of them personally, we 
are determined to find a way to come together. This program is a long-term commitment: the LancĂ´me Revelations students who go on to study at top schools of art and culture will become next year’s Foundation scholars.

ADVOCATE

In September 2009, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, an ambassador for the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, addressed a UN General Assembly event. Bruni-Sarkosy, whose brother Virginio died of an AIDS-related illness in 2006, spoke of her visit to Burkina Faso where she witnessed the ravaging effects of the virus on children. Her hope is that world leaders will prioritise the threat of AIDS and aim to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015.

MUSICIAN

After a successful career as a model in the 1990s Carla Bruni-Sarkozy turned to music, releasing two albums: Quelqu’un m’a dit and No Promises. In 2009 she made her US stage debut performing at a concert in New York to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday. Sharing the stage with Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart she performed a duet of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind 
in homage to the elder statesman of social activism.

FIRST LADY FASHION ICON

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s marriage to French President Nicolas Sarkozy catapulted her onto the global political stage. Hailed as a contemporary fashion icon by the press, she has been compared to Jackie Kennedy and made the Vanity Fair Best Dressed list alongside Michelle Obama.

5 Steps to Summer Beauty

BODY PREP

Soft, smooth and radiant skin is the key to looking healthy during summer. Achieve this by exfoliating regularly and staying well-hydrated. Look for grainy body scrubs with ‘polishing’ ingredients such as salt, sugar or oatmeal, which will help remove dry, flaky skin.

Exfoliate your entire body at least three times a week, using exfoliating gloves or a loofah, before or during a shower. Follow with a rich body moisturiser applied to damp skin. At night, massage a body oil into your skin to help replenish and nourish skin as you sleep.

HAPPY FEET

Cracked heels and chipped nail polish are a summer-time faux pas. Avoid this mistake by treating yourself to a weekly home pedicure. First, soak your feet in a warm foot bath with added bath salts, Epsom salts or aromatherapy oils.

Once your feet are well-soaked, use a scrub and a foot file on the balls and heels of your feet to remove any rough patches. Where there is a build-up of dead skin, you may need to use a callous remover.

Soften the cuticles with cuticle oil before pushing them back and then trim, shape and buff your nails. Next, massage in a moisturising treatment cream.

Finish by applying a base coat, two coats of polish and finally, a top coat to your toenails. This summer any colour goes – choose bright, cheerful shades, such as pink, purple and coral or dark and sophisticated hues, like navy, scarlet and red.

SUN SMART

Sun damage, or photoageing, is the number one cause of accelerated skin ageing. Help minimise the damaging effects of the sun by regularly applying a high SPF (30+) broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects from both UVA (which causes long-term skin damage, such as ageing) and UVB (which causes burning and skin cancer) rays. Apply at least 15-30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours.

AFTER-SUN CARE

Even if your skin has been protected from harmful UV radiation with sunscreen, it still requires nourishment and rehydration after long periods of exposure to the elements. To counteract the drying effects of the sun, soothe and soften your skin with lotions, gels and sprays that are designed to restore the skin’s barrier and replenish its moisture levels.

For a refreshing, cooling effect, store your after-sun products in the fridge. If your skin is red, hot and inflamed, mitigate the damage done 
by the sun and use a product that contains 
anti-inflammatory properties, such as aloe vera, 
or soak in a cold bath to help ease the pain.

And don’t forget your hair:

SUPER-SOFT HAIR

The sun, saltwater and chlorine can be as damaging to your hair as it is to your skin, robbing it of its colour, moisture and vitality. Keep your hair looking healthy and radiant by using colour-safe, moisture-rich shampoos and conditioners, which will help reduce colour fade, replace lost nutrients and soften your hair.

While in the sun, use a protective UV spray to shield your hair from further damage and, for significantly shinier locks, regularly apply a hydrating mask.

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