At seventeen, Victoire Maçon Dauxerre, has caught the eye while walking down the street by the talent of a modeling agency. Like many girls her age is still undecided on what to do with his life. He studied to pass the entrance competition at Sciences Po but not passing the examination, it is in crisis. "You'll become famous, the world'll shoot" the promises his mentor.
Victoire makes his book, enters the world of fashion. In less than six months has participated in over twenty-two fashion shows from Paris to Milan to New York. Thus begins a long descent to hell, weigh up to 47 kilograms for 1.78 meters, two apples as lunch and dinner before the shows, the first signs of anorexia, the constant humiliation of the body, up to the suicide attempt. "Everything in order to have a size 32" explains during a meeting to promote his book Jamais maigre axis, never thin enough.(red formal dresses)
And 'the diary of his ordeal five years ago, but also of his salvation: it is now a young twenties happy and healthy, bestselling author. The book published by the Arenes has sold over fifty thousand copies. The complaint of Maçon Dauxerre also inspired the law to force the mannequin agencies to do medical examinations and put a limit to body mass.
On the catwalks was his dream?
"Absolutely not. I wanted to do anything but have been recruited randomly. I was in a moment of weakness, as happens to many girls. And they promised me trips in the most beautiful places in the world, easy money. I told myself that it was worth a try. "
The first impact was what?
"I went into a violent mechanism, which can steely, kill you. Many designers say they want to 'sublimate women, but they are misogynistic. We abuse. We are objects, numbers, we come in shows no calls even with our name. Not I felt more like a woman, but a crutch. There are a whole series of constant humiliation to which we are subjected to the story in the book. Then obviously the most serious aspect is the incentive to lose weight. "
The problem of anorexia among the mannequin is so widespread?
"I do not say that all are anorexic. But all know they can not eat as much as they want, and especially before the shows. In earlier days, many take laxatives, vomit, drugs that prevent hunger and fatigue. And 'forbidden even to play sports, not to have too much muscle. Even if it's for limited periods is easy to slip into the disease. Fortunately, there are some exceptions such as Gisele Bundchen is wearing a size 36 but can afford it because it's already a star. like the mannequin of the nineties, as Claudia Schiffer or Naomi Campbell, were much less rickety today. It was an ideal of beauty much healthier. "(white cocktail dresses)
Yet no one has ever said: 'Stop eating'.
"It 'a subtle speech. The agencies ask you only to enter in the clothes. And then you know that you have no choice: if you want to work, you have to lose weight. After a few months I had lost half my hair, I suffered from osteoporosis. There a lot of hypocrisy in the environment. Everything is done so that no one can be accused of incitement to anorexia. "
What do you think of the law passed in France in December to limit the thinness of the mannequin?
"It 'a first step, but I do not think that is sufficient as the sole criterion the body mass index is not less than 18.5. It' important that there is also the requirement for a regular medical examination. The problem now is to see if the law will be applied. Even when I signed a mannequin contract provided a medical examination which I never did. And then, the battle must not only French. Spain, Israel approved similar legislation, but the theme of ' excessive thinness in fashion should be addressed at the European level, the world. it is not only bad for the models but for society: many girls and women try to look at himself in this, more or less consciously. "
E 'was difficult to testify?
"There is a great conspiracy of silence. I can speak freely just because I stopped being mannequin. Between us girls do not talk about. I remember when during a parade, a mannequin felt sick backstage. None of us made comments. To Fortunately, the book has instead made me meet a lot of girls with which I opened a dialogue. the fashion makes you dream, I understand that. But we must make a cultural battle to put back on the catwalks of normal women with healthy bodies. "
Now what will you do?
"I took a degree in philosophy at the Sorbonne because I wanted to regain my brain, no longer feel a body. Then I went to London where I did a master's degree in acting. I love theater and cinema. And 'the career that I want to do. also in the show it is no competition but at least other variables come into play: the leanness is not everything. "