I have to admit that French girls DO have longer, straighter legs. It's a hard fact of life one just has to accept living here...
These are not models imported from wherever like you see all over NYC. These are born and bred Frenchies. I've even noticed moms with daughters, both very long-legged.
Of course Ines de la Fressange IS exceptionally tall no doubt about it. I've put up a video of Ines giving a little speech on YouTube (unedited btw so not so hot, still it is Ines, who can do no wrong in my books).
The thought used to be that French girls were all petite like Leslie Caron...
What are they eating I ask myself to get these legs?
The only historical reference I found were French 19th century costume drawings...perhaps not very relevant?
Clearly Tamara de Lempika was not drawing and painting French slender- legged girls. Were her models Slavic?
When I went to Brazil I noticed the girls/Brasilieras had very curvy hips. I decided this was due to standing in the water lengthy periods of time at Ipanema Beach and letting the waves slap their hips. After 3 months of following suit my hips were NOT curvy like Brazilieras. It's genetic.
Same deal in France. It's not because they eat a lot of haricot vert.
As Americans we're brought up to believe we can change/do anything we want if we try hard enough. This is not true.
C'est la vie.
Especially with the stacks of OFD/'only fabulous desserts' everywhere you look in France.
Here's a little Frenchy with the shortest possible legs.
OK so he/she is a Scotty. She has French citizenship. At least I think she has.