International Women's Day: Interview with Léa Clermont-Dion

For International Women's Day, we wanted to honour the accomplishments of a Quebec woman.

Léa Clermont-Dion is the founder of the la Charte québécoise pour une image corporelle saine et diversifié (Quebec Charter for a healthy and diverse body image), which aims to present more realistic beauty standards in the public space and the media.

This issue is particularly important to us, as the promotion of unattainable beauty standards permeates the fashion industry in which we work.
We met with her to discuss Feminism, poetry, and poutine.

What feminist gesture particularly resonated with you this year?

The daily efforts of nurses, teachers and early childhood educators who shape the world we live in. These women accomplish a fundamental yet invisible work. We owe them everything and don't thank them often enough. We like to celebrate pop, flashy Feminism while the feminists of the shadow are denied attention. It's too bad. We have to applaud them. Loud and clear. 

A positive thing this year has brought you so far.

2017 has taught me perseverance. The year so far has been quite peculiar, as I have had to read more than a hundred texts and canons of political thought for an exam I have to take within the framework of my studies. I have developed unwavering discipline and determination, qualities I was happy to discover in myself.

Your favourite MYEL piece.

The Helios Multi-Disc Gold Necklace.

The book on your nightstand.

The re-edition of La Mort de Mignonne et autres histoires, a wonderful collection of short stories by my friend Marie Hélène Poitras.

An exhibition to see right now.

I don't leave my study cavern these days! I sadly haven’t had time to see exhibitions. 

A guilty pleasure.

Eating poutine.

Your inspiration.

Rupi Kaur, feminist and author of Milk and Honey, a brilliant collection of poems.  


- Léa Clermont-Dion is the co-animator of Mitsou et Léa on Moi et Cie. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her books La revanche des moches and Les Superbes are available in bookstores.