10 Questions with Camille Jansen

Teen filmmaker, social media influencer, and Parisenne.

This spring, we started a series of interviews with some of our favourite young fashion creatives making their voices heard in the digital space.  In such a saturated industry, these rising stars stand out for their unique perspective and interdisciplinary approach to navigating the fashion industry in 2016 - from a vintage buyer who stars in music videos for The Weeknd, to a 23 year old designer and modelling agent.  You asked for more, and we're excited to be delivering a brand new set of "10 Questions" interviews for fall 2016.

To start the new series, we spoke with 16 year old whizkid Camille Jansen.  Despite her young age, Camille has already amassed a following of more than 31,000 devotees on Instagram who get a glimpse into her life in Paris as a student, model, and filmmaker.  We picked Camille's brains about creativity, personal style, and gender; this is what she told us: 

What do you do and how did you get started?
I'm currently still in high school, but other than that I make short films and videos on YouTube and model for photographers that contact me through Instagram.

How do you stay motivated?
I remember the fact that I have 30,000 people that I can influence and inspire in a positive way, through creating and putting out content that I'm passionate about.

Favourite Instagram accounts?
@jakob.coy, @the_boy_is_mine, @meisterfriendzone.

Describe your style in 3 words.
Who. I. Am.

What was the last thing you took a picture of?
The full moon.


Proudest moment?
Seeing myself in the paper copy of the November issue of NYLON Japan - I cried.

Advice for your younger self?
Care less and stop overthinking.  Just do it.

What are you confident about and why?
I'm overall quite a confident person now as I've grown a lot mentally in the past year and have found what I'm truly passionate about, which kind of built me into not caring about what others think of me.  For example, I was once so self-conscious about my petite figure and how small my tits were and the smallest things (no pun intended), but one day I just had a mental breakthrough and realized how my body is all that I have at the end of the day; it's me and I can't ever change that, so might as well accept it.

How do you get out of a creative rut?
I take time alone, go walk around Paris, find new music to listen to or go through magazines such as Dazed or
i-D as their articles and short films are so inspiring and help my creative flow come back to life.

Where do you see the fashion industry in 10 years?
I'm so excited to see how the fashion industry will change in the next 10 years as it's already becoming more and more gender fluid.  I think that in the next 10 years to come, both females and males will be able to use fashion as a way of expressing themselves without having to suppress themselves to gender stereotypes and societal norms.

Images c/o @camillejansen

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Tia Elisabeth Glista is the founding Editor in Chief of Couturesque Magazine.  She is also a textbook Taurus (ambitious, aesthetically-driven, very stubborn) who can at any given time be found listening to BANKS and looking at pictures of puppies.  Click here to follow her on Instagram. 

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief