Vanessa Paradis

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Vanessa Paradis

It’s Cannes season! And this 69th edition of the famous film festival promises to be more glamorous than ever, with a star-spangled jury featuring the lovely Kirsten Dunst and… ultimate nineties French megababe Vanessa Paradis.

An established singer turned actress, she shot to fame in 1987 with her hit single Joe Le Taxi when she was just 14 years old, becoming nearly overnight the world’s most famous lolita. Vanessa, now in her forties, pursued a successful career in music, then turned to acting – we particularly like the duo she makes with French actor Romain Duris in the film Heartbreaker – and even became an ambassador for Chanel, starring in the iconic 1991 campaign by Jean-Paul Goude where she poses as a bird in a cage. Her porcelain features turned many heads, including musician Lenny Kravitz and ex-husband Johnny Depp, whose words to describe their first encounter have now become famous: “She was wearing a dress with an exposed back and I saw that back and that neck, and then she turned around and I saw those eyes, and — boom! My life as a single man was done.” Click through the pictures to witness it yourself…

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