Ines de la Fressange has also made a name for herself as a fashion designer and perfumer in France and elsewhere. She's very much the embodiment of French fashion and beauty culture . . . and French culture in general.
She so embodies France, in fact, that, in 1989, she agreed to be the model for Marianne, the female allegorical symbol of France. This did not sit well with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who had signed her to Chanel and saw her as his muse. They parted company as a result, with Lagerfeld dismissing Marianne as representing "everything that is boring, bourgeois, and provincial."
As anyone who's followed Ines de la Fressange knows, though, the honor was still well-deserved.