- Meet Mélanie Thierry exclusively inside Normal Magazine n°10 -
You shot with Paolo Roversi, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Peter Lindbergh who are very great photographers. Did you feel more free in relation with your body?
When I was young, I had a lot of fun when I took pictures, I loved the attention I was given and especially the story that was told. To create a story, to invent it and to follow it is something that always has more to me. In hindsight, I think that there were only those photographers who really had a story and that most of the time I was doing pictures that did not tell a lot, which caused some boredom, some resistance. What I like about Lou is that she takes the time to invent an atmosphere, a real story, and that's where she joins the photographers with whom I liked to take photos .
Were you aware that at the time, these photographers were already considered legends?
Yes. The 90s were the years of top models, they were on all the covers of magazines. There was an excitement around the models and I followed fashion very closely because I loved it and it made me dream. Therefore I necessarily knew their pictures.
You evoked the relation to the body according to the age, this report has evolved?
Yes. Honestly I thought that if you had to do nude pictures it was now and not in 15 years. I feel completely in tune with my body and my femininity. I accept what is going and what will be less! I have a woman's body, with her faults, but I like it. After two children the body changes necessarily but today my body speaks to me much more than when I was younger. Between 14 and 16 years old, I was very comfortable with my body. I was pretty cute. It is with the world of fashion that I developed some complexes. You get noticed your faults, your legs are not long enough etc ... Small details like that, balanced by the people in the middle. Fashion people are not in lace. I had a time when I was more fragile, more susceptible, some of these words sometimes destabilized me. But with time, we bounce back.
As a model what are you trying to share with the photographer: strength? Sensuality? Spontaneity?
All this is a little spontaneous! We seek to produce images that remain in time, that evoke something, that cause a sudden emotion. I am not trying to fill magazine pages but to create real stories.