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Based in Biarritz with her two daughters and her partner, the journalist Hugo Clément, Alexandra Rosenfeld emerged from her well-being bubble for an interview with Paris Match.
Who better than Alexandra Rosenfeld to imagine the perfect yoga outfit? Become a yoga teacher on the Basque coast for several years, the former Miss France has imagined an outfit in collaboration with the specialized brand Circle. Paris Match met her when she inaugurated an ephemeral stand installed at the Bon Marché in Paris. Her opportunity for her to return to this project is perfectly in keeping with her well-being-focused lifestyle, which she shares with her partner Hugo Clément and her daughters Ava and Jim.
Paris party. How did this collaboration with Circle come about?
Alexandra Rosenfield. I am a yoga teacher so I wear sportswear almost every day. For several years I have tried to be as green as possible and use responsible brands, so I bought some Circle leggings and I loved them. The fact that it is made with recycled materials does not prevent it from being very technical and cladding. I like to have my belly, buttocks and thighs hyper sheathed. I told myself that they were really cool and since I always have ideas that come together, I wanted to make a collection. But it’s really hard to be responsible, especially in textiles. I brought it up with Circle during a conversation and it happened by itself.
How involved were you in the project?
I created the collection just like I wear yoga clothes: during class I wear leggings and a sports bra, but when I go out, I like to wear a loose t-shirt and feel wrapped up, especially after a wellness practice, be it yoga or pilates. tonight.
Who says responsible sportswear, sometimes says high prices…
We asked ourselves the question of the prices, I didn’t want it to be too expensive and at the same time a pair of leggings for two euros is not normal. I went to the workshop in Porto, I gave a course to the ladies who worked on the suits. There all the workshops strive to be as ecological as possible and these ladies are the best paid. For them it is a pleasure to work there, because it is a responsible and human environment. The issue of price is associated with the welfare of the people who work behind it.
You gave your oldest daughter Ava’s name to the tights and your little Jim’s name to the shirt. Do they already share your passion for yoga?
Ava, the tall one, is 12 years old, so the leggings… (laughs). She has always seen me do yoga, she has fun doing it with me, she tries to do postures. Jim has a boy’s name so she was perfect for the unisex shirt and she is the same, she is 2 years old and she sees me practicing. Then I taught up to eight months of pregnancy so that she has that in her. I bought her a book to do little poses for children. Finally, the Yvette bra is for my grandmother. Everything is “AJY”, the name of my wellness method, but she also “acts for yourself, for others, for the planet”.
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Her method is not just about yoga, but about a whole way of life, especially with food. Do your daughters ever ask you about that? Are they imitating you already?
The big one has decided to stop eating meat because she knows that it is what contaminates the most. My partner Hugo being a vegetarian, the house is vegetarian. We all have a very good appetite, that’s why there are always good portions in the dishes with vegetable proteins. So Ava thought to herself, “If I’m not deficient and I eat vegetable protein at home, I can stop eating meat. “I told him: ‘Do what you want, I will make sure that you are never deficient and that you always eat a balanced diet.’ Frustration is not part of our lives. We lead a healthy lifestyle, we eat organic and seasonal, at home after all.
Otherwise, she has a canteen. It’s out of the question for her at 12 to have a plastic bottle… So she’s super tall and she often takes my clothes, so there’s also the notion of second hand with us. It’s normal for her. This generation is already committed, they have ideas that they defend. They are much more alert and concerned.
Seeing your daughter so committed so young, in a context of global crisis, does that reassure you as a father?
Yes, that calms me down. Yesterday I read an article that said that children born in 2020 will experience many heat waves. They’ll have much stronger weather issues, so luckily they’re worried about that, which fits their morale. Some very green people wonder if they will have a child or not. I tell myself that in the end, if we leave the world to people who don’t care… It is better to educate them, so that they have all the luggage at hand.
Your oldest child is approaching adolescence. How do you approach this crucial period as a mother?
We’ll see when we get there. I’m not learning. She will do her best for her, I will always be there as a backup.
In social networks as in your book, you designate your body as an ally. It has always been like this?
Yes, although I’ve heard criticism all my life. I have such a tough and strong character that it never got to me, unlike my parents. We always told my mom that her daughter was skinny, that she had to feed me. She bought me many cakes, she put sauces on my plates to fatten me up but it was my morphology. For me it was silly, it was like criticizing the color of the eyes. I was made like this, it didn’t bother me, I wasn’t in poor health, so it didn’t bother me. On the other hand, since he did not gain weight, he had a habit of eating very poorly. My body told me loud around the age of 23, 24: I started having pimples, thrush… I felt that the body was rejecting something and we saw that I had an intolerance to gluten, because I only ate that. Besides meat, I ate pasta, I only drank soft drinks, I never ate vegetables…
I changed my diet from there. I started going to organic stores, to eat in season… And that was the beginning of my path to well-being. The food really is the key. Once we pay attention to the inside, we want to pay attention to the outside and go to practices like yoga.
Your trigger came after your Miss France year, did your “reign” play a role in this realization?
I wore sneakers all the time and switched to heels every day…my back took a hit. Especially since I left the sport. At that time I was stressed, I had back pain all the time, I saw osteopaths, physiotherapists… But it was yoga that helped me. It was a great experience, but today I am myself again every day.
Also read: Alexandra Rosenfeld explains why she left Miss
Circle x Alexandra Rosenfeld Collection available at circlesportswear.com.