Nawell Calendrier has won at life. The Paris-born teenager had a random encounter with Timothée Chalamet, living out all of our dreams. Nawell then proceeded to blow up on TikTok and Instagram because of her outfit. Here, Nawell chats to us about meeting Timothée, her sense of style and what it’s like to go viral on social media.
Hey Nawell, what are you currently studying?
I’m in my final year, I’m studying economics. I think after I want to go back to study and go do something else. I don’t want to work in the economics field, it doesn’t really interest me. There’s so much math, I had no idea.
Outside of school, what are some things you do for fun?
I don’t really have any hobbies so I usually just go out in the city, hang out with my friends. I feel like in the past two years, I’ve become more social than I used to be. I go out a lot and I think it’s just so fun to have friends that you can just hang out with without doing something in particular. I’m also addicted to social media, I’m not ashamed to admit it. I also love watching anime!
If you weren’t living in Paris, where would you like to live?
I don’t really know! When I was younger, I really wanted to live in the US but now I’m glad I don’t live there. I love London, I’ve been there a couple of times. I also really like Amsterdam but I don’t think I’d like to live there. I think Paris is a pretty good place to live.
One of the reasons you went viral is because of your style, what inspires it?
I’m not really the type to follow any trends. For example, if you go through my following I don’t follow any influencers or anything because it’s not my thing. I usually just go on websites and when I see something cute or that I like, I’ll get it. Especially now, I’ve kind of discovered more aesthetics that I fit with. With social media, specifically TikTok, I’ve found so many different people and different styles. I feel like it’s much easier to wear whatever you want rather than fit just into one aesthetic. I also think it’s way better for me because I don’t just see the same influencers who all dress the same. Also, my mother and grandmother have worked in fashion so it runs in the family.
Speaking of TikTok, are you quite active on it?
Yeah, I do post on TikTok. I didn’t have a following, it was exactly like Instagram, I posted meeting Timothée Chalamet and it blew up. I’ve been posting on it pretty regularly since the beginning of the year. The whole lockdown thing happened so there was nothing else to do. I’ve been posting content that I like, I don’t even know how to describe it. I tried getting into TikTok dances but it did not last long at all. I just post random stuff now.
Okay, so I have to ask. How did you meet Timothée and what was it like?
I wish it was a good story to tell but I didn’t get to really speak to him because there were so many people there. He had always been seen near the same place so my friends and I decided to go hang out there. I didn’t want to at first but I didn’t want to end up regretting it. Turns out, there were so many people there and when I got there, he came out of this van. He told us to wait because he quickly had to go upstairs but he was so nice about it. He was so nice, there was one girl that missed taking a photo but he told the driver to stop and hopped out to take the picture. I just wish I got to talk to him for a bit, it was right after the June trailer came out but it was fine. Maybe I’ll see him another time.
Do you know how the photo blew up?
I think there’s an update account on Twitter, where I first posted it, and every Timothée fan follows it. They retweeted it and I got so many notifications, all of the fans retweeted it and I ended up everywhere. I had so many comments about how it looked like he was meeting me and I thought they were really funny. There were a few mean comments but other than that everyone has been really nice.
Would you say your life has changed since meeting him?
I would say no. I’ve gained followers sure but it didn’t really change anything. It’s just something my friends and I joke about it now. It was a great experience for sure though. I actually got asked this question when I was on live! People asked me if agencies have scouted me and they haven’t, I don’t think it has changed my life that much. I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I would want to be a model as well and I don’t think it’d be the job for me because it’s a job where you have to handle rejection well and that’s something that I can’t really do. If I went to a casting and they told me no I’d end up crying hahaha!
Interviewed by Anna Lowe