Our Philosophy

“True beauty lies within the soul.
It’s about knowing who you really are:
accepting your imperfections and learning to listen to your inner wisdom.
It’s about honouring your spirit,
nurturing your mind,
and nourishing your body.
It’s a journey of discovery to that place where you love being ‘you’
– comfortable in your own skin”

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We share this philosophy with our students in everything we do; teaching them to embrace the beauty within themselves and in those whose lives they touch. Our graduates inherently appreciate that working in the beauty industry is a privilege and a passion;

That the true essence of what we do is to help others find the beauty within by nurturing their self-esteem, elevating their confidence and reviving their energy. That we have the power to open hearts, inspire minds and transform lives. That there is no greater gift than being able to make someone feel truly beautiful.

Sharing the Beauty of Transformation

The French Way

Our vision is to revolutionise education and not only train in the areas of beauty but to create a true ‘Finishing School for the Soul’.

We have an ambitious goal to ensure our students are studying at the world’s premier beauty academy, and Être bien dans sa peau has become our mission – to teach our students to become comfortable in their skin. This mission is at the core of our commitment to every student – to groom them as individuals, to recognise their personal potential and give them the very best life and learning experiences

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PIONEERING WOMEN: OUR COHORTS

We name our class cohorts after Pioneering Women in history. This serves as a reminder for students throughout their education journey to keep pushing forward just like the Pioneering Woman before them who achieved her dreams, despite her fears and the barriers and glass ceilings she had to break along the way.  Here are just a few of our inspiring cohort namesakes at The French.

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GINSBURG
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court

Who is she? 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 to 2020. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. 

Why does she inspire us? 

As far as inspirational women go, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up there with the best of them. She was a powerful female figure, American lawyer and jurist who spent the majority of her legal career as a proponent for gender equality and women’s rights. She stood her ground and was undeterred by the men who tried to silence her. Ginsburg’s fearless nature and hard work has played a monumental part in changing the world for the better and has solidified her as a pop-culture sensation. Ruth brought forth a number of things for women in her career, including getting women on the jury, pushed to protect pregnant women in the workplace and was a key vote in granting same-sex marriages.

Favourite quote: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

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SPENCER
Diana Frances Spencer
Princess of Wales
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Diana Frances Spencer
Princess of Wales

Who is she? 

Lady Diana, Princess of Wales was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana's activism and glamour made her an international icon

Why does she inspire us? 

Princess Diana may have been a style icon, but the world remembers her prominent charitable force. She was a president of over 100 charities, using her fame to create awareness on several humanitarian issues. Diana focused on and helped the homeless, people with HIV and AIDS and children living in poverty. Diana raised vast amounts of awareness to these charities as well as awareness over the landmines left in Angola, Africa after the post-war. Her contribution and support provided a massive turning point in the global effort to ban the devices involved in the landmines.

Favourite quote: “Only do what your heart tells you.”

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FENTY
Robyn Fenty
Singer, Beauty Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
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Robyn Fenty
Singer, Beauty Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Who is she? 

Rihanna (also known as Robyn Fenty) is a multi-award winning Barbadian R&B singer who became a household name star in the early 21st century. Rihanna is also the founder of billion dollar cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty famed for highlighting the importance of inclusive marketing, which jolted the industry and shifted the beauty landscape.

Why does she inspire us? 

Rihanna's career has inspired many young women to go further in life. She is a great role model for young women because of her resilience and inclusion of others. Rihanna’s beauty line, Fenty Beauty was  praised for its inclusivity in offering 40 different shades of foundation and influenced global beauty companies to extend their shades to accommodate a wider variety of skin tones. We admire Rihanna for setting a new standard in representation through the celebration of all skin textures, types and tones.

Favourite quote: “The minute you learn to love yourself you won’t want to be anyone else.”

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COLLINS
Eileen Collins
NASA astronaut and first female commander of a space shuttle
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Eileen Collins
NASA astronaut and first female commander of a space shuttle

Who is she? 

Eileen Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and former military instructor and test pilot. She was the first female pilot and first female commander of a space shuttle.

Why does she inspire us? 

Eileen inspired many women worldwide, particularly in the space, science and engineering  industries. A strong female figure who completely changed the way women were perceived in her line of work (and dare we say in many industries). Due to her enormous success she soon realised that by pursuing her own dreams and never giving up she served as a positive and fundamental example for women all around the globe. 

Favourite quote: “I advise others to take on challenges, even if you think they are too hard, even if you think you might fail.”

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FREEMAN
Cathy Freeman OAM
First Australian Indigenous person to win an individual Olympic gold
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Cathy Freeman OAM
First Australian Indigenous person to win an individual Olympic gold

Who is she? 

An Australian household name, Cathy Freeman can be heralded as one of Australia’s greatest ever sportspeople. She famously won Olympic gold in a packed stadium of over 112,000 people and wearing a now-legendary full-body suit forever cementing her place in Australian sporting folklore.

Why does she inspire us? 

After her success as an Olympic sprinter Cathy founded the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The foundation works with remote Indigenous communities to help close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children. Cathy continues to impact the Indigenous sporting community and has inspired numerous young women across Australia through her tenacious and endearing nature. 

Favourite quote: “I like looking feminine and I enjoy being a role model. I enjoy being a woman. It all comes down to having the confidence to be who you are.”

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WINFREY
Oprah Winfrey
American Television Personality
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Oprah Winfrey
American Television Personality

Who is she? 

Oprah Winfrey is an American television personality, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has been labelled one of the most influential women in the United States , hosting one of the most popular television programs of all time “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

Why does she inspire us? 

Oprah rose to success from a childhood of poverty, defying all odds and refusing to be limited by where she came from. Her strong, confident personality forced her to face her fears, know her worth and stand her ground. She has shown support to many deserving causes worldwide and truly puts her “money where her heart is”.

Favourite quote: “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

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NIGHTINGALE
Florence Nightingale
British social reformer and founder of modern nursing
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Florence Nightingale
British social reformer and founder of modern nursing

Who is she? 

Florence Nightingale was a British social reformer and statistician who established herself as a pioneer in the nursing industry. During the Crimean War she managed a team of nurses, a team which improved the sanitary conditions of a British-based hospital, significantly reducing the death count.

Why does she inspire us? 

Her writings sparked a worldwide health care reform and in 1860 she played a large part in constituting St Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. A treasured hero of her time, Florence Nightingale ultimately revolutionised the way nurses were perceived and lifted the standards for nursing.

Favourite quote: “I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.”

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CLOONEY
Amal Clooney
International human right lawyer
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Amal Clooney
International human right lawyer

Who is she? 

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister who specialises in international law and human rights. Named as TIME magazine’s Woman Of The Year in 2022, Amal proves that brains and beauty do most certainly coincide as she is the complete embodiment of modern woman-hood. 

Why does she inspire us? 

Well for one, she’s an adament feminist whose work representing victims of human rights abuses  is never clouded by her famous husband. Amal has devoted her career to campaigning for women’s rights to education and is relentless in her quest to represents victims of mass atrocities, including genocide and sexual violence. 

Favourite quote: “The worst thing we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice everyday, no matter where we are and what we do.”

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EARHART
Amelia Earhart
First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
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Amelia Earhart
First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Who is she?

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever person to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.

Why does she inspire us?
Earhart was the ultimate voice and champion in the growth and development of women in aviation. She was a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. A powerful voice of reason for the women of her time and now!

Favourite quote: “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

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KNOWLES
Beyonce Knowles
Queen of R&B
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Beyonce Knowles
Queen of R&B

Who is she?

Is there really anyone who doesn’t know who Beyonce Knowles is? She is the queen of R&B music, an American singer, song writer, record producer, dancer and actress, philanthropist and the list goes on.

Why does she inspire us?
Many of her songs have served as anthems for female equality and empowerment. The 2013 release of her eponymous album Beyoncé pushed her pro-women discourse by exploring the meaning of feminism and sexual liberation. Her 2016 release of Lemonade was a revolutionary work of black feminism that intimately highlights what the world misses through the long standing dismissing of black women. She started a foundation during her 2013 Mrs. Carter World tour which she uses to provide help to homeless people and sick children. She also co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE - a global campaign promoting gender equality. What doesn’t this amazing woman do?

Favourite quote: “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”

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WATSON
Jessica Watson
Australian sailor
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Jessica Watson
Australian sailor

Who is she?

Jessica Watson was an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal after attempting a solo global circumnavigation at the age of 16.

Why does she inspire us?
Did we hear - a 16 year old sailor who had enough courage to circumnavigate the globe solo? If that’s not inspiring, then what is? Jessica Watson navigated some of the world's most remote and dangerous waters, surviving seven capsizes and 210 days alone at sea. The Prime Minister met her at the finish line and deemed her an Australia hero, to which Jessica disagreed and explained that she was merely an ordinary person who had a dream, worked hard and proved that anything is possible.

Favourite quote: “I’m an ordinary girl who believed in her dream.”

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WILLIAMS
Serena Williams
Greatest tennis player of all time
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Serena Williams
Greatest tennis player of all time

Who is she?

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who won world number one in women’s single tennis five times! She has won more Grand Slam titles than any other woman or man in the Open Era.

Why does she inspire us?
Serena overcame many hurdles as a woman of colour in sport; breaking down racial and gender based barriers to become the champion of women’s tennis. She also champions lifting other women up. She famously lost the 2018 Grand Slam to Naomi Osaka. From the moment Williams took to the mic in the post-match interview to calm a loud, angry, booing crowd through to today where Naomi is still dragged in the media, Williams has relentlessly stood up in support of her opponent Naomi.

Favourite quote: “The success of every woman should be an inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Be strong, be extremely kind and above all be humble.”

“I'm delighted to be a part of The French Beauty Academy as their mission is one very close to my heart. Être bien dans sa peau (to become comfortable in one's skin) is something that is cultivated and alive in French women and passed onto their daughters. Placing significant emphasis on health and wellness is deeply ingrained in French culture and as an Ambassador for The French Beauty Academy, I am privileged to share the lessons I've learnt on life as a French Woman and as a CEO with the next generation of beauty entrepreneurs.”

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