Stylenoir Issue 1 Recap: Eve Salvail Interview
February 15, 2016
In May 2013 Stylenoir Magazine launched into Print with that first issue I got the pleasure of interviewing one of my all time heroes; fashion model, actress and 90s icon Eve Salvail. There has been a flurry of attention over Eve for her work in the 5th element recently, so we thought it would be the time to share that interview from 2013. Check it out below:
Born in Quebec, Canada, in 1971 Eve Salvail quickly became known as the model who pushed boundaries, carving out a unique path through fashion and music, a pioneer of her time. Her attitude, love for life and incredible beauty have won the hearts of many, from Jean Paul Gaultier to Bryan Adams. For over a decade the world has been her stage and Eve has seized every opportunity.
She became infamous for the dragon tattoo etched into the side of her skull. Soon fashion designers and fashion houses flocked to sign Eve to their latest campaigns, leading to editorials from Quebec to Tokyo for the likes of Elle, Vogue and more recently Candy Magazine. Under the wing of Jean Paul Gaultier, Eve has even graced the fabulous Paris Haute Couture catwalks in everything from ice white statement gowns, to more masculine, or tom boy, tailoring.
Since then, Eve has delved into the intimate world of Deejaying and music production, to great success, even turning down residencies at some of the greatest clubs in the world to maintain her love of travel. As a personal hero, and an ambassador for indviduality, I caught up with Eve Salvail to talkabout Deejaying, modeling, and of course the incredible masterpiece that was ‘The 5th Element.’
Hey Eve! Tell us what you’ve been up to recently. How was djing for the 15th annual costume designer guild awards?
ES: I recently wrote a TV Show that I’m currently pitching to producers. Besides that still deejaying and having a blast.
The 15th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards was so much fun yet again. Joel McHale was dissing me the whole time, which I secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) enjoyed ever so much. I felt bad for playing music to get Eduardo Castro off the stage though! Everyone was laughing it off (including Mr. Castro) but I felt awful.
With your obvious passion for deejaying, did you look to other paths, such as being in bands or live music first, or was deejaying always the path you wanted to take?
ES: I think music has always been part of me. I did sing for bands here and there, but being a singer isn’t something I have much confidence in. deejaying came about as a fluke and I fell head over heels in love with it right away.
How did the transition from modeling to deejaying come about?
ES: I searched for quite some time for something I felt passionate about and through trial and error ended up here. Nothing is a coincidence!
Whilst many magazines have spoken about your signature tattoo, what interests me is the fact I’ve heard your dad dared you to tattoo your head, after you suggested shaving it. Is that true? And if so, tell us more about it all!
ES: My dad is indeed the reason why I have the tattoo on my head. Not a dare, but he said: “Having a shaved head has been done before, Sinead O’Connor did it etc. It is not very original.”
That challenge pushed me to go one step further and of course I asked for his opinion prior to making my decision about tattooing my head as well as what the tattoo would be.
Achievement and success aside, was there a specific moment in your modeling career where you had the most creative and artistic satisfaction?
ES: As a Fashion Model you wear the clothes and do as you are told. Creativity doesn’t have much of a role.
Without doubt one of your most prominent appearances was in ‘The Fifth Element’. What was it like fitting into Luc Besson and Jean Paul Gaultier’s vision? As a generation we look back at it as a conceptual, artistic masterpiece decades on, did it feel that inspired at the time?
Definitely! This movie is timeless and its style is genius! I was so proud to be working with my favorite director and my favorite designer at once. I watch the movie now and feel like it was shot yesterday. Again … this movie is timeless!
My personal favourite of your modeling career is in an editorial from Marie Claire Japan ‘93, a side profile of you. To you, is there a single favourite image of yours from your career so far?
Oh dear. So many favorite images. I was blessed to work with such talented people. Each shoot transformed me into a new person. One my all times favorites would be British Elle.
With your history on the catwalk, and your history and passion for deejaying, do you feel that gives you an advantage when creating music for the runway? Is there a certain balance between the designer’s vision and the models mood within the music?
The designer’s vision for the collection is the first influence yes. The fact that I modeled before has so much to do with it because the rhythm of a walk as well as the technical aspect of it. I find it fun to play for fashion shows or for fashion events … nerve wrecking, but fun!
If you had limitless possibilities, who or what would be your ultimate deejaying collaboration? Who would you like to work with most, and what would you produce?
I’m more involved emotionally with the TV Show I wrote to be honest. But as a deejay I would say anything Rihanna would probably kill me dead of a star struck heart attack.
Speaking of production, how would you feel about producing music, is this something you may want to pursue over the coming years?
I am able to produce and write music. And even to sing to it, but I’m not that into the idea of sharing it, as music is more of personal journey to me. Hope that doesn’t sound wrong?!
Finally, what projects are you currently working on, and what can you tell us about what is on the cards for the future?
The TV show I wrote. Watch out!