Caroline de Maigret, model, music producer and co-author of “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are,” knows plenty about not only being Parisian, but also about how to look beautiful and stylish with the ease of simply waking up each morning.

Ms. de Maigret, who is often clad in Michael Kors with her hair elegantly mussed and her face makeup-free, is an admitted Vegan Burrito lover, as well as a card carrying member of Fashion’s Big Name inner club.

A count’s daughter who left the Sorbonne to model, de Maigret left modeling to produce rock music, and left music to return to modeling.

It was a desire for control that led her to quit modeling in the first place, after posing for brands like Chanel, Balenciaga and Gap.

“I have a big nose,” she has said. “I grew tired of trying to mold myself to the market. As a model, you’re very passive. You belong to other people’s will. It’s very hard to be waiting by your phone for someone to like you a lot.”

French magazine Jalouse asked Ms. de Maigret to interview Karl Lagerfeld and her life shifted. “His press team was like, ‘You’ll have 15 minutes,’ and he stayed for 45,” Ms. de Maigret said. “We had a blast. He told me about his childhood and his mother.”

Three days later, she received a call from Mr. Lagerfeld’s team asking if she would appear in Chanel’s St.-Tropez resort show the following week.

“I was super-flattered, but it was not the trend to have girls who are not 18,” said Ms. de Maigret, who is now 40, but was 36 at the time.

“It was like, ‘Oh, we do want to see women who are actually O.K. with themselves and who are successful.’ ”

So she went and walked. And Ms. de Maigret’s modeling career took off again, with appearances in campaigns for Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Voila!

Hillary Shawaf

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