Me and my glasses

“My eyewear shows my personality without me needing to say anything”

Journalist and podcast host, Pauline Grisoni, on what it meant to represent France as part of Yalea Eyewear’s ‘Portrait of Dreams’ campaign

Pauline wears dark sunglasses and a denim dress and sits at an outdoor cafe with a mug before her. Her face rests on one hand and she smiles
Yalea/Mihaela Noroc

How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own?

I think I own maybe six pairs. This is made up mostly of sunglasses, because I love them.

What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually go for?

Brown or all black. The colours are timeless and so chic. Even more since I’ve become a blonde.

Can you describe your favourite pair?

My Yalea pair. Big, square, and all black. The frames are my favourite to put on when I want to look effortlessly chic.

Who would you pick as your style icon when it comes to eyewear and why?

I always think of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; the chicest.

Do you require spectacles?

Yes, I do. I work in front of a computer all day and I have headache if I don’t wear them.

What does vision and eye health mean to you?

It means everything to me. I am so lucky to live in a country (France) where it is affordable and where I can shop easily for a cute pair of glasses.

How important is eyewear to reflecting your personality?

It’s a fashion statement for me. My eyewear shows my personality without me needing to say anything.

What are your top tips for choosing the right pair of frames?

Buy the one that makes you feel good. Not just the ones in fashion.

What did it mean to you to be involved in Yalea’s campaign, ‘The Portrait of Dreams,’ representing France?

I was so proud. What an incredible campaign. I’m in awe to discover the other incredible women of Yalea.

Pauline in ‘The Portrait of Dreams’

What was a stand-out memory from the experience of being part of ‘The Portrait of Dreams’?

Meeting the photographer behind The Atlas of Beauty [Mihaela Noroc].

A collage of 35 small images of women wearing sunglasses or spectacles, photographed around the world. Some are pictured in workshops, one works as a chef, one holds a cello, one is leading a horse through nature as the sun sets, and another is dressed as a pilot.
Mihaela Noroc for Yalea’s campaign ‘The Portrait of Dreams’

As part of the campaign, you talked about the importance of following your aspirations, rather than the ambitions of others. Would you have advice for others about following a dream career?

Try everything you want. Who cares what other people think? Take life as a big adventure.

Through your podcast La leçon, podcast on the art of failure, and book, Fiasco: the art of recovering from failure, you share stories of learning from mistakes. What is the biggest thing you have learnt about taking risks?

It gives you so much confidence. You know after that you are strong and can survive everything. You realise you can do way more than you could dream of before.