Letizia Galloni. Ph: Alex Morini

I was born in Italy in Rome, but I have lived in Paris since the age of 18 and I have always loved this city. I mainly lived in the 10th and 3rd arrondissements. I bought a loft in Bagnolet near Montreuil. These are neighborhoods that are starting to go up because prices are lower than in Paris but you can find some pretty incredible goods.

I studied at the Paris Opera ballet school. I have been a dancer at the Paris Opera for over 10 years. I never really had an idol, I have dancers who inspired me, who give you and show you why we do this job. For me dance is a means of communication and sharing. To experience intense stories of feeling all kinds of emotions that you may not have experienced in real life. My approach to interpreting the roles is different depending on what you have to dance. A ballet without a story, we will focus more on the technique and when there is one the choreography and the music alone can help you in the interpretation. A lot of thinking about the character and also what I want to convey to the public.

Letizia Galloni during rehearsal

When I am on stage I feel fulfillment and freedom. I’m someone quite reserved in life and it is true that the scene transforms me. I have no limits. I feel comfortable there. I think dancers always have a complicated relationship with their body. We spend our days working in front of a mirror looking for perfection, but in reality we are not all the same and perfect. We have the idea of ​​the dancer as a beautiful slender, well proportioned, graceful. In fact we are not all made like that and so much the better. I think it doesn’t matter what your body looks like, the only thing that matters is that you feel comfortable with your body and assume yourself as you are. For a long time i had a lot of insecurities regarding my legs, now I accept it and I even see it as a quality. I am more confident with myself now and it reflex in my dancing. I let go more and i have less apprehension. As a mom i gained a different perspective on my profession but I’m still very motivated and ambitious. I feel like i concentrate more on the essential now.

At the moment I have no idea what I will do after my career,  I don’t know if I’m staying in the dance business or doing something else. I have not yet think about it. a few days ago I listened to the interview of the writer and philosopher François Chang and he said something beautiful about beauty: «La beauté n’est pas un simple ornement . La beauté est un signe par lequel la création nous signifie que la vie a du sens».

Rahua Hydration Shampoo

In order to protect her hair after all the shows and rehearsals Letizia Galloni uses Rahua products to helps her to maintain a perfect hairstyle.

Fabian Lliguin, a hairstylist and colorist in New York City, was visiting the Amazon rainforest as an environmentalist, educating indigenous people about their land rights and human rights when he realized he was surrounded by women with long, lustrous hair that cascaded past their waists. The women gave Fabian one bottle of rahua oil, which he carefully transported back to New York in his suitcase. In his salon on Fifth Avenue, he decided—as an experiment, and without any expectations—to use the oil as a treatment for a client with dry, damaged hair. After 10 minutes, her hair was completely transformed: from brittle and lifeless to healthy, shiny, and bouncy. 

Rahua oil was and is produced by the Quechua-Shuar tribe in the same complex, ritualistic, and sustainable fashion it has been for generations. Fabian, who had long worked to support the rainforest’s indigenous people, didn’t want to disrupt this process. In 2008 Anna Ayers—Fabian’s wife and business partner—came onboard, joining her expertise as a fashion designer and New York-based trend forecaster to Fabian’s as a hairstylist and colorist to design a purposeful beauty experience for consumers around the world. Together they launched the Rahua brand.