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Laurence Benaïm

Founder & Editor, Stiletto

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French journalist and author Laurence Benaïm came to prominence writing for the fashion pages of Le Monde in the late 1980s. Her scholarly, cultural and artistic observations make her one of France’s most respected fashion commentators. She is now editor in chief of Stiletto magazine.

Benaïm studied literature at Paris’ Sorbonne University before completing a post-graduate course in journalism. She began her career at L’Express, a Parisian newspaper supplement, in the mid 1980s. Benaïm was soon recruited by Le Monde to be a fashion writer for the paper. Benaïm would stay at the paper for almost two decades, during which she was involved with the design of the paper’s Style supplement. Benaïm also writes on a freelance basis for a variety of titles, including The Point, L’Officel and Psychologies Magazine; she also contributes the blog Nouvel Observateur.

Benaïm’s journalistic duties at Le Monde did not prevent her from writing several critically acclaimed books, two of which were based on Yves Saint Laurent , including a definitive biography completed in 1993. 

Benaïm also works as an expert at Musée de la mode et du textile, consulting on the museum’s acquisitions. 


Stiletto Magazine

Stiletto Magazine

Founder and Editor

2012 - Present

Paris, France

L'Officiel Magazine

L'Officiel Magazine

Paris, France

Le Monde

Le Monde

Paris, France


Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University

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