Interview
sandra mulliez

with Sandra Mulliez

A heart and mind woman, a patron of Contemporary Art.

Sandra Hegedus Mulliez is a flamboyant redhead and a whirlwind of charm and energy that she mostly directs toward the contemporary artists for which she has a passion.
She never runs out of ideas when it comes to promoting her protégés, who come from emerging countries. She showcases them and their work on the Parisian contemporary art scene through her prize SAM Art Project (founded in 2009) and a residency program.
Sandra gives all of her energy and creativity to this mission.

Her vision is also to revive the image of Paris as the capital of the arts for creators coming from all horizons.

Paris was the place where everything happened for Picasso, Chagall, Foujita and Modigliani.
The artists in residence come here to achieve their best projects

It is a double mission for Sandra since she also defends – with the same passion – young French artists on the international scene.

A Parisian by adoption, Sandra comes from Sao Paulo in Brazil.
She arrived in Paris, bringing along her energy and her wit and soon managed to become a name in the Parisian contemporary art circles.
Always impeccable and glamorous, she agreed to share some of her beauty secrets and some of her favorite addresses in Paris and in Brazil with us.

An artist inspires me when he has the ability to make me look at the world in a different way.

BWB: Sandra, you are a contemporary art «warrior» as well as a passionate and active patron of the arts. What kind of artist and artwork inspires you?

When the artist has the ability to make me look at the world in a different way.
When his vision goes beyond our «poor mortals’» vision!

BWB: What is the work of contemporary art that touches you the most?

I don’t have a favorite one. They all touch me in some way because I have chosen them one by one and they become part of my world. In the end, a collection becomes a work in itself.

BWB: You travel a lot in order to discover the next artist who will receive the SAM project prize. What are your secrets for staying so beautiful and energetic?

I have completely eliminated sugar from my diet. I don’t smoke and I drink very little alcohol.

BWB: Do you often go to Brazil?

I try to go there once a year. Each time I come back filled with happiness.

BWB: What do you miss the most?

An atmosphere that exists nowhere else. The country is a state of permanent smile.

Everybody loves the soaps from Phebo or Natura Brasil. I also bring back some chocolates “Sonho de Valsa“, which are my little Madeleine.

BWB: What do you bring back from Brazil?

Mostly beauty products and foods.
For example, I love soaps and beauty products made with “erva doce” (fennel), I love that smell. I often give them as gifts for my friends.
Everybody loves the soaps from Phebo or Natura Brasil. I also bring back some chocolates “Sonho de Valsa”, which are my little «Madeleine», all Brazilians know what I am talking about.

Phebo

BWB: What is the « Brazilian attitude » according to you?

A definite sensuality, a provocative way of walking, a look, a little music.

BWB: What is your greatest challenge?

My weight. I am very strict about it, maybe too strict!

BWB: What beauty secrets do you want to share with your daughter?

I never wear makeup. And every night, before I go to bed, I clean my skin thoroughly. I apply a hydrating cream. Every night, no exception!

BWB: Do you have a morning ritual that allows you to feel great all day long?

I only eat fruits and intense dark chocolate in the morning.
I work out with a coach three times a week and I jog with a friend once a week. It gives me a lot of energy.

BWB: You manage to look great even after a long day. What are your favorite products?

Thank you! I use the cellular hydrating cream from La Prairie.
I always wear lipstick.
Hair is also very important. I treat my hair with keratine and use the Brazilian blowout.

BWB: Who is the fashion designer that makes you feel beautiful?

I like Stella McCartney very much. Also Dolce & Gabbana. Sexy but never vulgar!

Either you are passionate about art or you are not. There is nothing in between. Each project, each artist is a dose of passion.

BWB: Where do you find the energy to keep motivated and full of enthusiasm for the projects you are defending?

Passion! Either you are passionate about art or you are not. There is nothing in between. Each project, each artist is a dose of passion.

BWB: Could you give us some of your favorite beauty and wellbeing addresses in Paris and in Brazil?

In Brazil, there is a fabulous resort called Txai. It is located in Itacaré in the state of Bahia. The Spa is magnificent. After a week spent over there, you will feel reborn. In São Paulo, the terrace on the roof of the hotel Unique is a great place to have dinner and enjoy the incredible view of the city.
For a dream vacation, the charming hotel Pousada Picinguaba which is located in the vicinity of the Parary village which is on the Unesco World Heritage List.
In Brazil, people stop on the street to drink green coconut water. There is nothing healthier and it is filled with minerals.
Same thing with açai which you can eat with granola for a typical Brazilian breakfast. It is filled with vitamins and gives you energy.

Sandra Mulliez

In Paris, I have my faithful trio: Marcea Gomes for the nails; she is a star.
Jean Feuillade at Rossano Ferretti’s for hair color and Delphine Courteille at Studio 34 for a haircut.

BWB: Your favorite sport?

Swimming… particularly in the ocean or a lake. It is bit limited but the feeling of freedom one has is unequalled.

I love cooking and I can cook anything. In the winter, a good «feijoada » which is a staple of Brazilian cuisine and is made with black beans.

BWB: The Brazilian dish you like to prepare?

I love cooking and I can cook anything. In the winter, a good «feijoada » which is a staple of Brazilian cuisine and is made with black beans.
In the summer, a «moqueca» with fish or shrimps. The «moqueca» is made with coconut milk. You eat it with rice and manioc flour. Delicious!

BWB: Do you have natural healthy habits you can share with our readers?

I love outdoors sports: hiking, swimming, stand up paddle… I even love skiing even though I am not good at it. I am going to try rowing soon.

BWB: How do you revitalize yourself?

I travel! I love to travel. I have inherited this trend from my father. I can’t stay in place.

BWB: What is on your nightstand?

A book, always. My first love. At the moment, I am reading «Down and out in Paris and London» by George Orwell. It’s about the life of the young Orwell, when he was unemployed, poor and living with the poor. It puts things into perspective.

BWB: If you could make a wish?

I wish my children to be happy and make the world a better place.

5 SENSES – MINI INTERVIEW

What you like touching the most?
My children’s skin
What you like tasting the most?
Love
What you like listening to the most?
Anything positive
What you like looking at the most?
The weather
Your little Proust madeleine?
The smell of my Hungarian grand-mother’s cooking

Photo Phebo Soaps courtesy of Granado

View courtesy of Fazenda Catuçaba

Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is a journalist and author.
«La médecine personnalisée, retrouver et garder la santé» (Odile Jacob) was published in March 2012 after two years of investigation and research with general practitioner Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz.
«Se soigner toute l’année au Naturel» (Prat) was published in 2012 and has sold over 250 000 copies. Her latest book «Etre en Bonne santé toute l’année : 20 cures alimentaires»  was launched in April 2015.

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