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Ève Salvail
(April 7, 1973 - living) Canada

Ève Salvail

Model and actress

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Born in Québec, in a very small village on the eastern part of Canada, French is Ève's first language. She lived there until approximately nineteen years old. Ève dated boys throughout high school. At 19 she had her first lesbian experience with a fellow beauty pageant contestant.

After the contest she returned to Montreal, where she dated a male graphic artist. She stayed loyal to her boyfriend during an extended stay in Tokyo, where she found plenty of modeling work. During her final days in Japan, Ève decided to shave her head and got her now-famous tattoo of a dragon.

When she returned to Montreal, Ève quit modeling to work as a bartender in a punk club. Then one day her agent called to tell her that Gaultier, who had seen her picture on the wall of a Montreal cafe, wanted her for his next Paris show.

Her androgynous image and extremely personal style projects the viewers' imagination into a high-tech world we have yet to visit. She has gone multimedia. Since fleeing Paris, Ève has performed as a singer with the trip-hop band 10 watt mary in New York and has kept modeling to pay the bills. She then left the group to focus on a solo career.Ève Salvail

In 1996 Ève was the undisputed It Girl of the Paris fashion scene. The French-Canadian stunner had become something of a muse for designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who had featured her in countless campaigns; she'd hit the runway for director Robert Altman in his 1994 fashion epic, Ready to Wear; whenÈver she walked through the streets of Paris, fans waved and shouted out her first name.

But none of that notoriety mattered one day in the summer of 1996 when she and her girlfriend happened into a Paris cab with a mentally unbalanced driver who became irate when she couldn't produce any bills smaller than 200 francs (about $39) to pay her fare.

"We were screaming at him, and he was screaming at us," she recalls. "I got out of the car, and I told my girlfriend to run. And he left his car there in the traffic at a red light. He chased us for 45 minutes. He was throwing me to the ground. People were just circling around us to look. My Lacroix makeup was running everywhere. I was begging people to help us - no one helped whatsoever. I went into a pet shop, crying and begging the woman to call the police as the guy grabbed me by the elbow, pulling me out the door."
Finally Ève and her girlfriend escaped by dashing across an intersection moments before the traffic light changed. Though badly bruised, Ève was not seriously injured. When she reported the driver to the police, the officers told her they couldn't help "unless I was dead," she says. "That very day I canceled everything and left Paris."

Ève settled in New York, broke up with her girlfriend, and dramatically cut back on work. Now married for three years to a male singer-model, she is opening up for the first time to the public about the assault and her bisexual experiences during her modeling years.

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Source: excerpts from: The Advocate, October 24, 2000, by Erik Meers - et alii

She appeared in the movies:

  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Celebrity (1998)
  • Hostage (1999)
  • Zoolander (2001)
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