Brigitte Macron Covers Elle France's September Issue, Talks Love of French Fashion

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France's first lady opens up about her new duties and the 25-year age gap between her and her husband.

Brigitte Macron, first lady of France as of May, is now a cover girl, too. 

The 64-year-old wears a cream-colored Dior blazer over a white tee and faded blue Saint Laurent jeans — plus her signature pointy-toe blue suede stilettos — on the cover of Elle France's September issue, for which Brigitte was photographed by Mark Seliger at the Elysee Palace. In her accompanying interview, the first lady opens up about her marriage to the 39-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron, including their 25 year age difference. 

"Emmanuel's only fault, perhaps, is that he is younger than me," explains Brigitte in her first interview since becoming first lady. "When I read about us, I always get the impression that I'm reading someone else's story," she continued. "Our story is so simple … If I hadn't chosen this, I would have missed out on my life."

"With Emmanuel, I've truly gotten used to the extraordinary things that happen to me that I always wonder what will be the next adventure," she added. "And it has been going on for 20 years." Brigitte and Emmanuel met in their shared hometown of Amiens, where Brigitte was his drama teacher. The pair married in 2007.

Macron's cover is an interesting and refreshing reprieve from the sea of Hadids and Jenners on the September issues (Bella alone has five this year). Though some of the French constituents object to her role as the first lady (a title that Brigitte herself has objected to: "That’s the translation of an American expression, and I don't like anything about it"), she also has a vocal fan base that praises her on social media. There are several accounts just dedicated to her style, which so far has been a regular uniform of blazers or collarless jackets by Louis Vuitton, blue jeans and stilettos.

When asked if she prefers not to be asked about her style, she quips, "Why not, if it does some good for the French fashion industry? I'm really into fashion, and there's this fascination the world over around this idea of the French woman."


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