Vanessa Paradis created one of the most iconic French songs of all time: “Joe Le Taxi.” You might think you know her for her music and style, but how much do you really know about her? Though Paradis has spent a considerable amount of her life in the spotlight, there are still some things that many people don’t know about her. With that in mind, here PPcorn presents a list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about Vanessa Paradis.
Number Fifteen: She Performed “Joe le Taxi” When She Was 14
Paradis’ biggest claim to fame is her hit single, “Joe le Taxi.” However, she was just 14 years old when she recorded the song!
Number Fourteen: Acting Is in Her Blood
Paradis has been featured in several films, but she’s not the only one in the family who has the talent. Vanessa’s sister, Alysson Paradis, is an actress as well.
Number Thirteen: Both of Her Parents Were Interior Designers
You might not be surprised to hear that both of Paradis’ parents were interior designers growing up. Maybe that’s where she gets her brilliant sense of style!
Number Twelve: Her Uncle Got Her Foot in the Door
Paradis’ uncle was record producer Didier Pain, and he was the one who helped her get on television. She appeared on a show called L’Ecole des fans and was able to use the show to help develop her singing career.
Number Eleven: She Is a High School Dropout
Paradis dropped out of high school when she was just 16 years old. She dropped out so she could pursue her career in singing and music.
Number Ten: She Has a Long-Standing Relationship With Chanel
Paradis first began working with the Chanel brand in 1991, when she appeared in a commercial for the fragrance Coco for Chanel. The advertisement featured her in a cage and covered in black feathers. Fast forward to 2010, and Paradis is still singing Chanel’s praises. She said, “The more I know them, the more I love Chanel.”
Number Nine: Lenny Kravitz Is Responsible for Her Move to the United States
Vanessa Paradis moved to the United States in 1992 to work with Lenny Kravitz. She was also dating Kravitz at the time.
Number Eight: Vanessa Paradis Is Still Involved With Chanel
We mentioned that Paradis has a long-standing relationship with Chanel, but it has extended even further beyond that. In 2010, she became the face of Rouge Coco, which was Chanel’s new lipstick. She also became the face of Ranger, their new line of handbags.
Number Seven: Her Daughter Contributed to Her Music
Paradis’ 2013 album titled Love Songs involved a lot of impressive collaborations, including with BB Brunes frontman Adrien Gallo and Benjamin Biolay. However, Paradis also worked with ex-partner Johnny Depp and their daughter, Lily-Rose, on the album. Depp and Lily-Rose helped with the songwriting process.
Number Six: Vanessa Paradis Has Never Been Married
Though Paradis has been in a slew of long-term relationships she has never actually gotten married. Her most recent relationship was with producer Benjamin Biolay, and the relationship lasted from 2014 to May 2015.
Number Five: She Named Her Daughter After Music
Well, sort of. Paradis’ daughter, Lily-Rose, has a middle name of “Melody,” making her full name Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Her son’s middle name, however, is just “Christopher.”
Number Four: She Cracked the U.K. Top 10 Twice in Five Years
With “Joe Le Taxi” in 1988 and “Be My Baby” in 1992, Paradis cracked the U.K.’s Top 10 twice! “Joe Le Taxi” his number three, and “Be My Baby” hit number six.
Number Three: She Did a Campaign for Miu Miu
After Kirsten Dunst was fired as the spokesperson for Miu Miu in 2008. They hired Paradis to be the new spokesperson for their campaign.
Number Two: She Was Knighted by the French Government
In 2007, Paradis was honored by the French government when they named her “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,” or “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letter.” She was given this honor for her cultural contributions.
Number One: She Has Romantic Idols
Paradis grew up idolizing Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, and her style has been compared to a similar era. Maybe there’s a connection!