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Ivory Coast To Germany: French Vintage Fashion Enthusiast Aurore Talks About Her Travels Throughout Europe

One of the reasons I started Thatpinup, was to help fellow eccentric women know that they are not alone. That there are women who look and dress like them. Not just from the US, but all over the world. In my journey, I've interviewed women from Japan, Russia, Brazil; the UK, and More. They all had such different experiences in life. But somehow, they ended up on the same style journey as me and many others - That's what I find so interesting. 

We are all so different. But in many ways, the same. All you have to do is reach out. You never know what relationships you could form if you go by differences and assumptions. Travel. Talk to someone you wouldn't usually talk to - Life is not about where you're going, but rather the memories you make along the way.

So when I found Aurore's page on instagram, I just had to interview her. She's an African-French vintage fashion enthusiast that has traveled to every country in Europe. Who's an advocate for immigrants, and respecting foreign cultures. I wanted to speak to her, and get to know about her experiences as an African-French woman traveling throughout Europe.


One of the reasons I started Thatpinup, was to help fellow eccentric women know that they are not alone. That there are women who look and dress like them. Not just from the US, but all over the world. In my journey, I've interviewed women from Japan, Russia, Brazil; the UK, and More. They all had such different experiences in life. But somehow, they ended up on the same style journey as me and many others - That's what I find so interesting.   We are all so different. But in many ways, the same. All you have to do is reach out. You never know what relationships you could form if you go by differences and assumptions. Travel. Talk to someone you wouldn't usually talk to - Life is not about where you're going, but rather the memories you make along the way.  So when I found Aurore's page on instagram, I just had to interview her. She's an African-French vintage fashion enthusiast that has traveled to every country in Europe. Who's an advocate for immigrants, and respecting foreign cultures. I wanted to speak to her, and get to know about her experiences as an African-French woman traveling throughout Europe.     Q: You travel often, what places do you think have influenced your style the most?  A: “Eastern Europe (For the vintage inspired fashion) and France (For the elegance).”  Q: Where are you originally from? And how do people their react to the way you dress?  A:  “As mentioned above, I am french. I’m originally from the Ivory Coast, where I spent my teenage years. People find it super fashionable. Actually, maybe sometimes a bit bizarre. I must say. But they appreciate the fact that I have my own style.”  Q: How many languages do you speak?  A: “French, English, and German. One of my goals is to live for two months in Germany to become even more fluent in it.”    Q: What has been your experience as a vintage fashion enthusiast abroad?  A: “People, (no matter where) always give me compliments. In two different countries a man on a bike and a woman at the museum told me how impressed they were to see a black girl with my type of elegant style.”  Q: What eras of fashion do you take a liking to the most?  A: “Should I really choose? I absolutely love the edwardian era: the 1900s and the 1960s: the era of womens’ freedom.”  Q: What are some of your styling tips?  A: “Natural fabric will always make you look high end. Get inspired by pinterest and old movies. A good red lipstick can enhance any look as well. Mine is Sephora lip ink number 94.”    Q: What are your tips for maintaining a vintage look while traveling?  A: “Vintage accessories must always be in your suitcase such as vintage hat, earrings, gloves. They can turn any outfits into a very elegant vintage inspired one.”  Q: In your opinion what’s the best place to visit for vintage fashion? A: “Ukraine, Russia, and the UK.”  Q: Any upcoming projects we can look forward to?  A: “Renting at very affordable prices of all my ball gowns for the ladies that are looking for gown without spending an arm and a leg or that are not planning to use it more than once.   I’m organizing a trip and internship in the Ivory Coast not in a humanitarian field, as honestly, africa does not need it anymore. But rather in real economic sector in order to discover the real africa but also help startups with different views and expertises from all over the world.”


Q: You travel often, what places do you think have influenced your style the most?
A: “Eastern Europe (For the vintage inspired fashion) and France (For the elegance).”

Q: Where are you originally from? And how do people their react to the way you dress?

A:  “As mentioned above, I am french. I’m originally from the Ivory Coast, where I spent my teenage years. People find it super fashionable. Actually, maybe sometimes a bit bizarre. I must say. But they appreciate the fact that I have my own style.”

Q: How many languages do you speak? 
A: “French, English, and German. One of my goals is to live for two months in Germany to become even more fluent in it.”

One of the reasons I started Thatpinup, was to help fellow eccentric women know that they are not alone. That there are women who look and dress like them. Not just from the US, but all over the world. In my journey, I've interviewed women from Japan, Russia, Brazil; the UK, and More. They all had such different experiences in life. But somehow, they ended up on the same style journey as me and many others - That's what I find so interesting.   We are all so different. But in many ways, the same. All you have to do is reach out. You never know what relationships you could form if you go by differences and assumptions. Travel. Talk to someone you wouldn't usually talk to - Life is not about where you're going, but rather the memories you make along the way.  So when I found Aurore's page on instagram, I just had to interview her. She's an African-French vintage fashion enthusiast that has traveled to every country in Europe. Who's an advocate for immigrants, and respecting foreign cultures. I wanted to speak to her, and get to know about her experiences as an African-French woman traveling throughout Europe.     Q: You travel often, what places do you think have influenced your style the most?  A: “Eastern Europe (For the vintage inspired fashion) and France (For the elegance).”  Q: Where are you originally from? And how do people their react to the way you dress?  A:  “As mentioned above, I am french. I’m originally from the Ivory Coast, where I spent my teenage years. People find it super fashionable. Actually, maybe sometimes a bit bizarre. I must say. But they appreciate the fact that I have my own style.”  Q: How many languages do you speak?  A: “French, English, and German. One of my goals is to live for two months in Germany to become even more fluent in it.”    Q: What has been your experience as a vintage fashion enthusiast abroad?  A: “People, (no matter where) always give me compliments. In two different countries a man on a bike and a woman at the museum told me how impressed they were to see a black girl with my type of elegant style.”  Q: What eras of fashion do you take a liking to the most?  A: “Should I really choose? I absolutely love the edwardian era: the 1900s and the 1960s: the era of womens’ freedom.”  Q: What are some of your styling tips?  A: “Natural fabric will always make you look high end. Get inspired by pinterest and old movies. A good red lipstick can enhance any look as well. Mine is Sephora lip ink number 94.”    Q: What are your tips for maintaining a vintage look while traveling?  A: “Vintage accessories must always be in your suitcase such as vintage hat, earrings, gloves. They can turn any outfits into a very elegant vintage inspired one.”  Q: In your opinion what’s the best place to visit for vintage fashion? A: “Ukraine, Russia, and the UK.”  Q: Any upcoming projects we can look forward to?  A: “Renting at very affordable prices of all my ball gowns for the ladies that are looking for gown without spending an arm and a leg or that are not planning to use it more than once.   I’m organizing a trip and internship in the Ivory Coast not in a humanitarian field, as honestly, africa does not need it anymore. But rather in real economic sector in order to discover the real africa but also help startups with different views and expertises from all over the world.”
Q: What has been your experience as a vintage fashion enthusiast abroad?

A: “People, (no matter where) always give me compliments. In two different countries a man on a bike and a woman at the museum told me how impressed they were to see a black girl with my type of elegant style.”

Q: What eras of fashion do you take a liking to the most?

A: “Should I really choose? I absolutely love the edwardian era: the 1900s and the 1960s: the era of womens’ freedom.”

Q: What are some of your styling tips?

A: “Natural fabric will always make you look high end. Get inspired by pinterest and old movies. A good red lipstick can enhance any look as well. Mine is Sephora lip ink number 94.”

One of the reasons I started Thatpinup, was to help fellow eccentric women know that they are not alone. That there are women who look and dress like them. Not just from the US, but all over the world. In my journey, I've interviewed women from Japan, Russia, Brazil; the UK, and More. They all had such different experiences in life. But somehow, they ended up on the same style journey as me and many others - That's what I find so interesting.   We are all so different. But in many ways, the same. All you have to do is reach out. You never know what relationships you could form if you go by differences and assumptions. Travel. Talk to someone you wouldn't usually talk to - Life is not about where you're going, but rather the memories you make along the way.  So when I found Aurore's page on instagram, I just had to interview her. She's an African-French vintage fashion enthusiast that has traveled to every country in Europe. Who's an advocate for immigrants, and respecting foreign cultures. I wanted to speak to her, and get to know about her experiences as an African-French woman traveling throughout Europe.     Q: You travel often, what places do you think have influenced your style the most?  A: “Eastern Europe (For the vintage inspired fashion) and France (For the elegance).”  Q: Where are you originally from? And how do people their react to the way you dress?  A:  “As mentioned above, I am french. I’m originally from the Ivory Coast, where I spent my teenage years. People find it super fashionable. Actually, maybe sometimes a bit bizarre. I must say. But they appreciate the fact that I have my own style.”  Q: How many languages do you speak?  A: “French, English, and German. One of my goals is to live for two months in Germany to become even more fluent in it.”    Q: What has been your experience as a vintage fashion enthusiast abroad?  A: “People, (no matter where) always give me compliments. In two different countries a man on a bike and a woman at the museum told me how impressed they were to see a black girl with my type of elegant style.”  Q: What eras of fashion do you take a liking to the most?  A: “Should I really choose? I absolutely love the edwardian era: the 1900s and the 1960s: the era of womens’ freedom.”  Q: What are some of your styling tips?  A: “Natural fabric will always make you look high end. Get inspired by pinterest and old movies. A good red lipstick can enhance any look as well. Mine is Sephora lip ink number 94.”    Q: What are your tips for maintaining a vintage look while traveling?  A: “Vintage accessories must always be in your suitcase such as vintage hat, earrings, gloves. They can turn any outfits into a very elegant vintage inspired one.”  Q: In your opinion what’s the best place to visit for vintage fashion? A: “Ukraine, Russia, and the UK.”  Q: Any upcoming projects we can look forward to?  A: “Renting at very affordable prices of all my ball gowns for the ladies that are looking for gown without spending an arm and a leg or that are not planning to use it more than once.   I’m organizing a trip and internship in the Ivory Coast not in a humanitarian field, as honestly, africa does not need it anymore. But rather in real economic sector in order to discover the real africa but also help startups with different views and expertises from all over the world.”
Q: What are your tips for maintaining a vintage look while traveling?

A: “Vintage accessories must always be in your suitcase such as vintage hat, earrings, gloves. They can turn any outfits into a very elegant vintage inspired one.”

Q: In your opinion what’s the best place to visit for vintage fashion?
A: “Ukraine, Russia, and the UK.”

Q: Any upcoming projects we can look forward to?

A: “Renting at very affordable prices of all my ball gowns for the ladies that are looking for gown without spending an arm and a leg or that are not planning to use it more than once. 

I’m organizing a trip and internship in the Ivory Coast not in a humanitarian field, as honestly, africa does not need it anymore. But rather in real economic sector in order to discover the real Africa but also help startups with different views and expertises from all over the world.” 

She's also creating an agency that that will create internships in the Ivory Coast in fields such as engineering, construction, and much more. It's available to sign up for if you'd like.

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