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Charlotte Gainsbourg isn't a conventional beauty. "I don't like my face—my nose, my hair, my mouth, everything," she has said. But it's a mesmerizing face nonetheless, angular and elfinlike. And when it's dressed up with someplace to go, it's spectacular—like the rest of her, the epitome of Parisian cool.
A girl who looks like a boy who looks like a girl, who acts, sings, models, and wears head-to-toe Balenciaga, Charlotte is the love child of English model-turned-actress Jane Birkin and the musical provocateur Serge Gainsbourg. Her upbringing was peppered with notoriety. Dad was France's most adored singer-songwriter, who occasionally recorded songs with X-rated content (1984's controversial duet with his daughter, "Lemon Incest," still sends a chill down the spine), and her mother was doing full-frontal nude scenes in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film Blow-Up long before Hermès named its classic handbag after her.