Thursday Thunder: Clementine Desseaux

Clementine Desseaux interview

‘There’s no wrong way to be yourself’

It’s Thursday again! Are you ready for your boost of thunder? This is my way of applauding women I find inspiring. This week French model Clementine Desseaux shares her thunder thoughts on confidence and body positivity. I’ve been following her freckles and stunning features on DeaInstagram for a while now. But this lovely lady has her own blog too. And she cooks. I want to have dinner with her someday…

“I was born a chubby baby and was always taller and bigger than everyone growing up. That was not easy in France. Loving my body wasn’t a given for me. I had to go through a lot and learn from it. I spent a good 10 years of my life hating my body and wanting to change it. It was way too painful and so not worth it!”

Clementine Desseaux

‘I learned that I was not the issue but others and the way they made me feel was wrong’

“I have been modeling for a few years now but moving to the States and making it my full time job definitely made a great difference. I saw a change in the way people look at my body here as well as the way I am perceived. Being in the country I chose really have set me free from past painful experiences back in France. And that just made the way I see myself and treat myself way different. I learned that I was not the issue but others and the way they made me feel was wrong. There’s no wrong way to be yourself.”

Clementine Desseaux

‘Even supermodels feel bad about their body sometimes’

“There’s no secret but keep on moving! Some days you love yourself and what you do, some days you don’t. Even supermodels feel bad about their body sometimes. The only thing to do is remind yourself where you come from and where you are heading. What you have and why you actually appreciate it.”

Clementine Desseaux

‘Beauty is not something that is created but something raw’

“I try to be active and do something I know makes me happy and confident. Like cooking or meeting a friend in the Village, ordering fried rice and watch movies … Also writing on ‘Bonjour Clem’ and responding to letters makes me feel like my work do matter and that ends up making me feel better.  To me, beauty is not something that is created but something raw. It’s nature. I find beauty in living things and people. The rest is only esthetic. A face full of make up might be art, but it is definitely not the definition of beauty to me.”

Clementine Desseaux

‘What is everything worth if it can’t be shared?’

“My happiness is all I have, really. All I ever wanted is to be happy. No matter how much I earned or how many people surround me. Living alone in a foreign country for so long has definitely helped me built a wall around me and let no one mess with my happy self. I find happiness in small moments, notes of music, tasty bites or funny words I hear… I must admit, my happier moments are the ones I share. Cause sharing really is the best pleasure in life. What is everything worth if it can’t be shared?”

Want to see more of Clem? Check out her beautiful story from the What’s Underneath Project or go to her Facebook page

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