Diabolique: A World of Wicker

On Diabolique, I’m resuming my previously stalled dream of writing about pretty much everything to do with Emmanuelle in a series titled A World of Wicker. Part one, “The Life and Myth of Emmanuelle,” looks at the life of the “real-life Emmanuelle,” Marayat Rollet-Andriane, and the infamous book attributed to her (but written by her husband).

Before there was Emmanuelle, however, there was Emmanuelle. Emmanuelle Arsan, to be precise. Marayat Rollet-Andriane to be even more precise. Born Marayat Bibidh in Bangkok in January 1932, she was the “real-life Emmanuelle,” the one on whose life Emmanuelle was based and which she purportedly wrote, or at least contributed to. She was a stunning beauty with a sharp intellect, boundless curiosity, and an uninhibited spirit. With her husband, French diplomat Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane, she cut a path through the international jet-set that made her an icon of sexual liberation. And yet we know so little about her.

Full article: A World of Wicker: The Life and Myth of Emmanuelle