She is an alumn of the Ecole Normale Superieure of Fontenay (now named the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines), a state-sponsored elite college then located in a Parisian suburb.
In 1998, she published her first novel, entitled "First Novel", which was not highly praised by the critics but was translated in many languages, including English. In 2000 she published "Zeyn or the reconquest", for which Charles Bremner of the London Times wrote "If there was a prize for braving the ridicule of critics, it would go to Mazarine Pingeot" (May 8, 2000).
In 2003, she published a series of literary comments "They told me who I was" ("they" being the books). She is also a journalist (writing for Elle magazine between 1999 and 2001) and a television anchor (on a French cable television, Paris Première).