Inspirational portraits


10 portraits of iconic women in the Nice Côte d’Azur area.

They are sportswomen, actresses, artists, winegrowers or chefs… In 2022, as the months go by, those who bring brilliance to Nice Côte d’Azur will be honoured.

Supported by the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Tourist Office, “Brillantes” is a series of 10 videos, featured on our social networks and on our website.

BRILLANTES – Portrait #1 : Noëlle Perna, alias « Mado la Niçoise », comedian and actress

Noëlle Perna, a comedian and actress, is known for her character Mado la Niçoise.

When she arrived in France, in Nice, her parents took over the “Bar des Oiseaux” located in the old part of Nice. She took over a few years later, at the age of 20. A born artist, she performed behind the counter of her bar. This is where “Mado la Niçoise” came to life.

In Brillantes, Noëlle Perna talks about her career, her arrival in Nice, which she describes as her homeland, and her future projects…

Portrait #2 : Sylvie T, draughtswoman, illustrator, art mediator and author

Spotlight on this native of Nice, Sylvie T, who describes herself as a “creative jack of all trades”. Indeed, after her studies in architecture, Sylvie T became a draughtswoman, illustrator, art mediator and author of children’s books.

In 1993, she set up her eponymous studio-gallery in Old Nice where she works in Indian ink and watercolours.

Her inspiration? The architecture and the perspective of the Nice Côte d’Azur area, where the details of the lanterns from Old Nice and the Baie des Anges fascinate her..

Brillantes reveals Sylvie T’s career, her passion for her profession and her love of the rich heritage of Nice Côte d’Azur.

Portrait #3 : Virginie Acchiardo, chef of the family-owned restaurant Chez Acchiardo

Chef of the family-owned restaurant Chez Acchiardo, Virginie reveals herself in this new episode of the web-series Brillantes.

Awarded the Cuisine Nissarde label, the Acchiardo restaurant has been serving authentic and traditional Nice cuisine since 1927.

Alongside her brothers Jean-François and Raphaël, Virginie is part of the 4th generation to run this institution. She takes over the kitchens to reproduce her great-grandmother’s recipes, because at the beginning, Chez Acchiardo was “a women’s story” which became a family story over time.

Virginie Acchiardo tells Brillantes about her career, her passion and the cuisine of Nice, which is dear to her heart.

Portrait #4 : Marina Correia, world champion in longboard dancing

In 2020, Marina Correia became world champion in longboarding and continues to spread her discipline. A real passion that she wants to share with as many people as possible!

Born in Cape Verde, she arrived in Nice at the age of 14. A few years later, it was here that she got on her board for the first time. The Promenade des Anglais became her playground, her second home.

Marina Correia talks to Brillantes about her career, her passion, her sport and her next challenges …

Portrait #5 : Carine Dalmasso, winemaker at Domaine de la Source

Located twenty minutes by car from the Promenade des Anglais, Carine Dalmasso produces AOP Bellet wine and organic olive oil at Domaine de la Source.

Passionate, the winegrower has taken over and expanded – together with her brother – the estate that her parents created in the 1980s in the hills of Nice. They produce wine in three colors, which can be tasted on site.

In Brillantes, Carine Dalmasso talks about her career, the Bellet PDO – one of the oldest and smallest in France – which celebrates its 80th birthday in 2021, and her favorite addresses.

Portrait #6 : Milène Servelle, architectural photographer and farmer

Originally from Strasbourg, Milène Servelle moved to the Mediterranean at the age of 15. There she discovered art of living, traditions, and, above all, incredible local fauna and flora.

An architectural photographer, she notably photographs the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice. For Milène, the Nice Côte d’Azur region is a wonderful playground.

This awareness has led her to add a new string to her bow: agriculture.

In this new Brillantes interview, Milène Servelle explains how the roses of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat allow her to create rose water or how the oranges of the Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer allow her to make delicious jams…

Portrait #7 : Julie Meunier, founder of the “Les Franjynes” brand

Julie Meunier, who has been living in Nice for 15 years, created “Les Franjynes”, a social and solidarity-based company that offers a range of fake fringes, turbans, and hats, following her cancer.

For Julie, the Nice Côte d’Azur region is a land of incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs. Cosmopolitan, with an advantageous geographical location or inspiring with its many museums…

In this new Brillantes interview, Julie Meunier tells us why she chose Nice to set up her shop. She also shares her favorite addresses…


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