Clarisse Lafleur is ashamed to admit she spends more money on designer clothes and accessories than most people spend in a year.
The 18-year-old drives a Maserati, holidays aboard a super yacht and credits her favourite designers as Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino Garavani.
But while her lifestyle is funded by her ‘very generous father’, Miss Lafleur told Daily Mail Australia she ‘cannot wait’ to start work so she can make her own money.
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Life of luxury: Clarisse Lafleur, 18, appeared on the Rich Kids of Instagram page due to her luxurious lifestyle
‘Princess’: The 18-year-old from New Caledonia said she spends more on clothes and accessories than most people spend in a year
The New Caledonian teenager, who is currently studying business on the Gold Coast, is one of the faces regularly featured on the Rich Kids of Instagram page.
The page is an insight in to a lifestyle most people can only dream of: private jets, wads of cash and flashy sports cars.
‘I completely understand that people would generalise and perceive our lifestyle very negatively when they come across content such as teenagers filling hot tubs with $600 Champagne,’ Miss Lafleur said.
Business mind: Miss Lafleur is currently studying business at Bond University on the Gold Coast
Fashion favourites: She credits Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino Garavani as some of her favourite designers
Culture and couture: Miss Lafluer said ‘throwing money everywhere’ does not mean you are wealthy
‘Being wealthy doesn’t mean throwing money everywhere and wearing a bunch of designer clothes and too much jewelry all at the same time: you don’t look rich; you look like a Christmas tree.
‘You need to have the culture behind it otherwise people will laugh at you.
‘How dumb would you look if you’re wearing all your money and you can’t [tell the] difference between good wine and a bad one.
‘Same if you don’t know how to drink Champagne: I saw some girls who want to look all fancy and European drinking [litres] of Champagne out of red wine glasses filled with fruits.’
Expensive taste: ‘How dumb would you look if you’re wearing all your money and you can’t [tell the] difference between good wine and a bad one,’ she said
Family fortune: Miss Lafleur’s grandfather was president of New Caledonia for 15 years and her father owns a number of businesses in New Caledonia and France
Miss Lafleur grew up in New Caledonia where her grandfather, Jacques Lafleur, was president for 15 years and a politician at the French National Assembly.
Her father is a successful businessman who owns import/export companies in New Caledonia and France, paper and plastic factories, hotels, restaurants and a newspaper in New Caledonia.
Miss Lafluer is currently studying business at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where she will stay until the end of 2018 and said she hoped to join her father’s business.
Career focused: When she graduates University she hopes to join her father in business and one day take over the family’s companies
‘My career aspiration would be to work with my father until he retires and then take over his businesses,’ she said.
‘In my opinion, it is not enough and I want to diversify even more.
‘I am also very interested in fashion: I love new trends and how products are promoted.
‘I would like to know more about the business of fashion: the numbers behind all the glitters, how fashion companies are managed and so on.’
Future in fashion: ‘I would like to know more about the business of fashion,’ she said
When she is not studying, shopping on the Gold Coast with her friends or working out at the gym, Miss Lafleur travels the world.
‘I have a bank account and a very generous father; he wants what is best for his children and says, “let me know when you need more”’
In 2015 alone she travelled to France where she shopped and skied in the Franch Alps, Monaco, Dubai, Fiji and the Isle of Pines.
‘I have a bank account and a very generous father; he wants what is best for his children and says, “let me know when you need more”,’ she said of her allowance.
‘I am too ashamed to tell you how much I spend on clothes and accessories… a lot of people don’t spend that much in a year.’
Miss Lafleur shares an insight into her life on social media, she has 15,000 followers on Instagram alone, but said her lifestyle has attracted a number of negative comments.
‘I am an easy target because I am a young blonde girl, so people accuse me of being a bimbo, a brat, a slut or other similar terms,’ she said.
Family support: ‘I have a bank account and a very generous father, he wants what is best for his children and says, “let me know when you need more”, she said
‘Easy target’: She has received negative comments from people online and was even told by a man that he wished she had cancer
‘Last week, a man on Twitter told me that he wished I had cancer.
‘If you [saw] a girl with a beautiful handbag walking down the street, would you attack her for showing off her good taste in fashion?
‘Would you damage a Lamborghini parked on the street?’
Miss Lafleur said one girl accused her of being selfish and suggested she give to charity instead of going shopping.
‘I don’t feel the need to defend myself online, I know who I am,’ she said.
‘If she knew me, she would be aware that my family runs a charity organisation.
‘This charity organisation financially helps families and students who cannot afford to pay their University fees.’
True to herself: ‘I don’t feel the need to defend myself online, I know who I am,’ she said
Documenting her lifestyle: She likened her Instagram to a diary where she can share beautiful things with people who appreciate them
Each to their own: ‘Who are we to judge what others decide to share? It’s their life and their reputation,’ she said
‘Some people (like me) use Instagram as a little diary and share beautiful things with people who can appreciate them.
‘We know that we do cool things and some people want to see that.
‘I received emails from people who thanked me because it motivates them to work hard and experience the same lifestyle.
‘It is true that others try to impress and shock the viewers … but at the end of the day, who are we to judge what others decide to share? It’s their life and their reputation.
‘if my posts or my friends’ posts are hurting you, if they make you jealous or if you feel bad, then unfollow me and unfollow the Rich Kids of Instagram.’