There is something soothing about Laylla: a calm presence, an honest feel to her, an eloquence earned from her studies in law school. We chatted about Nina Simone, Nawal El Saadawi, chocolate and her thirst for knowledge...
Let us introduce to you a Tiger with strong convictions!
Laylla is wearing the Natural and vegan matte liquid lipstick RED 888
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Laylla and I am a law student. On the side, I am Model, as my student job.
For the record, I was spotted by a photographer on the street. I weighed 20 kilos more at that time, and that photographer said to me "actually, you're hiding something behind those wide baggy clothes, you've got great potential". And it was a motivation to lose weight, I lost 20 kilos. I started modeling a year to a year and a half ago. So here I am, Laylla, with this curly hair... and proud of my curly hair! That's my story.
Do you feel Queen of the jungle?
I love that idea! There are many moments when I feel that way. First, it would be when I plead in my field of studies – because I love to be an advocate. When I am being an advocate and pleading, I feel like I am in an arena, and that's where my claws come out. I am set for attack, ready to crumble the opposing party! [Laughs] I also feel like a queen in front of a lens when I am being photographed. I show my personality, my character, who I am: I'm a Tiger!
And finally at the gym. When I play sports, that's where I can unleash, I give it my all, and that's how I train to become a future Tiger!
What makes your claws come out?
It would be injustice, greed, people who absolutely want to monopolize power, people who demean others. That's what would get my claws to come out.
What about when you cross other Queens of the jungle...?
I would say rather I get rather competitive, in the modeling industry at least because there is so much competition...! But in the end, there is more often a cohesion, a support that is created. I think that we as women are very paradoxical. We can be both united and rival at the same time. But together we are so strong!
Are there women who inspire you, that you consider ultimate Tigers?
I have two. I think of an Egyptian feminist, she is called Nawal El Saadawi, she is a doctor in Egypt and she is the voice of Egyptian women, she fights against taboo things in Arabian countries. The other would be Nina Simone, the famous singer who rocked my childhood and helped me grow and discover who I was.
Are you sensitive to natural and vegan cosmetics?
I think that in this society where everything is excessive, all these new emerging movements are very important. There is a tendency to make common a lot of things, and it is essential that people can show a desire to change habits, to get us to pay attention to everything we consume. We are part of a mass industry, we manufacture everything in mass, and the result is that our world is gradually being destroyed.
What makes you so happy you want to roar?
I have a big sweet tooth, so chocolate comes to my mind right away! But what really makes me happy is to gain more knowledge. I love to contemplate, to observe things, to discover new things, for example new languages...
What does lipstick mean to you?
To tell you the truth, I do not wear it very often. I think it just brightens up a face, it also shows the character of a woman, it gives her more confidence. And like everything that gives us confidence, it can be a weapon, a weapon to defend ourselves and to stick our claws out if necessary.
Do you have a favorite lipstick color?
I love the Bordeaux Lipstick. It is such a pretty hue, which sways between red and much darker tones, like the Purple one. The Bordeaux lipstick is more simplicity with a certain kick to it. I really like this color.
[Photo JB Jaud ]