By Patricia Contreras
Blonde and leggy, ‘The Queen of Paris,’ a.k.a. Andrea Feick, has earned her title: her huge personality, flamboyant style and pretty face have made her a firm favourite in social circles around the City of Light.
More than just an ‘it’ girl, she’s got a perfectly manicured finger in many pies, from helping solidify relations between Mexico and France via Pro Mexico to doing freelance PR for high profile clients (including Eluxe!).
It’s a job she seems born to do: being in this transplanted American beauty’s gang means you’re always on the list, any list, be it P. Diddy‘s celebration of hip hop or one of Elie Saab‘s intimate dinners.
Here, she tells Eluxe about her vie en verte.
Which natural beauty products do you use?
Huile Divine by Caudalie but not a fan. And Nuxe facial rose mask every night before bed. I love Josie Maran
‘s cosmetic range, too.
What’s your favourite place to be in nature?
Which celeb eco-advocate do you most admire and why?
There are lots of celebrities I admire, but I think Leonardo Di Caprio
is probably the most adamantly active one. He’s done great things to raise awareness of global warming and energy saving. Adrian Grenier
also surprised me with his dedication to the environment.
What’s the biggest gesture you’ve ever made to be ‘greener’?
I’m a huge fan of vintage jewellery and am lucky enough to have inherited some wonderful Chanel pieces from my grandmother. I don’t own a car, and I hate to throw away food–when I roast a chicken, I even use all of its parts and insides. I also recycle clothing by giving away a large percentage of my wardrobe to charities.
What’s your biggest eco ‘sin’?
I consume a lot of water from plastic bottles daily, and fly a lot more than I probably should.
What’s your favourite eco-travel destination?
. We stayed at the most incredible eco resort there, called BE.
They use only local materials, recycle everything, and have an ethical employment policy in place with their staff. I also love San Miguel de Allende
, where life is simple: no cars are needed, we just walk everywhere; eat locally produced food and dry our clothes in the sun.
Which sustainable-fashion brands do you like?
, Sakina M’Sa, and I love that Valentino and the Kering group have made important steps in making their brands more sustainable.
What do you think governments need to prioritise to help save the environment?
First, they need to elect leaders dedicated to that, and then maybe impose green taxes, like cutting car permits for cars that pollute. Taxes should be used to contribute to eco scientific research to help find solutions for climate change.
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