Corinne Stoll is a photographer and shot the entire Inside/Out Paris community. She has a way with her models, making them feel safe enough to capture a fleeting smile, passing emotions, and grasp the subtle details that make a difference. Her work mixes sweetness and strength, in a way that is very much like her: a petite, discreet presence, with a background in karate training, riding through the streets on her beloved single-speed bike. Corinne has an eye that sees right through you.
Her work mixes sweetness and strength, in a way that is very much like her: a petite, discreet presence, with a background in karate training, riding through the streets on her beloved single-speed bike. Corinne has an eye that sees right through you.
Inside/Out: What is the first sport you played?
Corinne Stoll: Rhythmic gymnastics. My parents didn’t want me to do ballet, because I was hypermobile. Looking back, I think they were scared I’d be pushed too hard. Rhythmic gymnastics had a playful and fun energy.
I/O: The athlete you look up to most?
C: When I was a child, I absolutely loved the swiss figure skater Denise Biellman, who gave her name to one of the discipline’s prettiest spins.
I/O: Have you ever had a strong emotional response during or after training?
C: Yes, the first time I let out a scream during karate, nine years ago. I practiced over four years. It was great for me, I needed a martial discipline, and karate was perfect. Training was rigorous; technique, precision, and breathing were key elements. The fights brought me out of my comfort zone. At the start, it took a physical toll on me, but it was powerful to incorporate technique into fighting. It gave me strength in ways I still feel today.
I/O: How do you balance out your personal life and your professional life?
C: I ride my bike daily, just to get around, and have done since I was a child. Cycling is not a sport for me, but it is the best way to be active right from the morning. It allows me to move around without taking the metro. I bike roughly 50 minutes a day. I go to yoga class once or twice a week, I swim once a week, and on the weekend, I get one or two good runs in the Bois de Vincennes. If I don’t practice yoga, I feel it immediately: I’m less awake, less attuned with my body. I always schedule work meetings around my yoga practice.
I/O: A mantra?
C: Stay flexible in your body and your thoughts.
Legging: Uniqlo. T-shirt: Petit Bateau x Uniqlo. Sports Bra: Adidas. Backpack: Eastpak.
I/O: Do you think that the Parisienne’s relation to sports has changed over the past few years?
C: The Vélib’ and bike lanes have changed the face of Paris: it’s a city that rides! Bikes have made it into the cityscape and daily life. The bike lanes are always full. And with Vélib’, people usually end up buying lighter bikes. As a result, the fixie scene and bike polo have arrived to the city! Today, these trends have died down but the habit of cycling has stuck. It’s a good thing for people’s health and the environment! Running has also made a major breakthrough. People around me have started running, and not half an hour every week, but also semis and marathons. This contributes to the changing way Parisians are using their city.
I/O: How about their relation to sportswear?
C: It’s come a long way, although it isn’t my idea of fashion. I like the technical side of it, the materials used to best fit training practices, but in terms of design and textiles, I’m not convinced, especially with the patterns and colors. Sadly, I haven’t really found what I look for in emerging French and European brands.
I/O: How would you define French Touch when it comes to sports?
C: I would say running teams.
I/O: What’s your training uniform?
C: Legging, sports bra, black HeatTech t-shirt.
I/O: What’s your favorite sportswear or athleisure brand?
C: Stella McCartney’s Adidas collections. That’s a sportswear brand with great design! I’ve been running with Saucony for years, and I love them, but I need new shoes. Right now, I’m trying to change it up and I need good shoes. Any tips?
I/O: A sports-friendly hairstyle?
C: Braids for yoga, a ponytail for running and swimming.
T-shirt: Fear Eats the Soul by Rirkrit Tiravanija. Chakra Spray: Aveda. Bath Salts: Kneipp. Deodorant: Aésop.
I/O: Have you ever travelled for sports and wellness?
C: It’s usually the other way around: where I am defines what I do. In Hawaii, I surf, I practice yoga in San Francisco or New York, but one common point my trips all have is my passion for swimming pools and hot springs. One of my favorite spots is the Sendagaya pool in Tokyo. Its concrete architecture, all around cleanliness, and the way the daylight reflects in the water are simply magical. The pool is part of the Metropolitan Gymnasium, where the ’64 Olympic Games were held. I share that same passion for the City Hallenbad pool in Zürich, built in 1941 and renovated last year. Its 50m lanes are well-respected, and the place is clean and spacious. I love swimming when I travel, and I find it interesting to see how changing rooms are organized, it says a lot about people’s connection to well-being and nudity. I also really like the Kabuki Spa in San Francisco! I still haven’t found a Parisian equivalent.
I/O: Do you believe in new feminism?
C: Absolutely. However, I prefer training alone more than in a group. I still think the idea of people getting together through sports is great, and I think I’ll get to that. When I went to Dynamo, I found that forty people in the same room, shouting while biking was really fun. Yoga workshops and one-on-one practice are also contributing to change my mind. Groups always have this very fun and supportive power, which is important in every aspect of life, maybe now more than ever.
Bra Top: Adidas. Leggings: Adidas. Yoga Mat: Lolë.
TIPS AND ADDRESSES
1 piece of advice: Try to train moderately, but regularly, and listen to your body. The worst thing you can do is doing too much, and hurting yourself.
1 coach: Nadine, of the Association Prana in the 12th arrondissement. She’s a hatha yoga instructor who’s been teaching me for 4 years, and she’s great for me. I also love Lorette Barron’s Vinyasa Yoga classes at l’Espace République, for its fun yet demanding vibe.
1 Instagram account: I check out Yoshie Roux-Charbert (@yrc.yoga)’s yoga postures daily: very inspiring stuff!
1 food spot: Shizen, a vegan sushi restaurant in the Mission District in San Francisco.
1 drink: Paris’ tap water.
1 source of inspiration: Hawaiian surfer moms who brave the waves with their kids.
1 person we should interview: Caterina Meirat. She has just published a book about Zürich’s yoga studios, called Hallo Yoga. I photographed the instructors, and made some inspiring encounters. Through this book and its coupon system, you can try out 15 different studios to find the practice best suited to your needs!