Vanessa Paradis is a French singer who created one of the most iconic French songs of all time – Joe Le Taxi. Though Paradis has spent a considerable amount of her life in the spotlight, there are still some surprising facts that many people don’t know about her. Here MusicSnake Magazine presents a list of ten facts you probably didn’t know about the singer.
Number One: Vanessa Paradis Parents Were Interior Designers
You might not be surprised to hear that both of her parents were interior designers growing up. Maybe that’s where she gets her brilliant sense of style!
Number Two: Paradis Has Romantic Idols
The singer grew up idolizing Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, and her style has been compared to a similar era. Maybe there’s a connection!
Number Three: Vanessa’s Uncle Got Her Foot in the Door
Her uncle was a record producer Didier Pain, and he was the one who helped her get on TV. She appeared on a show called L’Ecole des fans and was able to use the show to help develop her singing career.
Number Four: The Singer Has a Long-Standing Relationship With Chanel
She first began working with the Chanel brand in ’91, when Vanessa Paradis appeared in a commercial for the fragrance Coco for Chanel. The advertisement featured Paradis 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.” In 2010, she became the face of Rouge Coco, which was Chanel’s new lipstick. Vanessa also became the face of Ranger, their new line of handbags.
Number Five: Vanessa Paradis Did a Campaign for Miu Miu
After Kirsten Dunst was fired as the spokesperson for Miu Miu in ’08. They hired Vanessa to be the new spokesperson for their campaign.
Number Six: Vanessa Paradis Is a High School Dropout
She dropped out of high school when she was 16 years old. She dropped out so she could pursue her career in singing and music.
Number Seven: Lenny Kravitz Is Responsible for Paradis’ Move to the United States
Shes moved to the U.S. in ’92 to work with Lenny Kravitz. She was also dating Kravitz at the time.
Number Eight: Paradis’ Daughter Contributed to Her Music
Her ’13 album titled Love Songs involved a lot of impressive collaborations, including with BB Brunes frontman Adrien Gallo and Benjamin Biolay. However, she also worked with ex-partner Johnny Depp and their daughter, Lily-Rose, on the album. Depp and Lily-Rose helped with the songwriting process. Lily-Rose, has a middle name Melody, making her full name Lily-Rose Melody Depp.
Number Nine: Vanessa Paradis 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” is number three, and “Be My Baby” hit number six.
Number Ten: Paradis Was Knighted by the French Government
In ’07, 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.” The singer was given this honor for her cultural contributions.