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Eve Salvail arrived relaxed at our photography studio on a December morning. When she sees Ethné Grimes-de Vienne, her modeling past suddenly comes back to mind. “Race, you were the ones who taught me how to walk on the podium…and that was over 30 years ago, during the magazine competition wink, We never saw each other again! unbelievable ! “, as you say.

In 1990, Eve Salvail won the photography prize in the “Be a Model” competition., Organized by the magazine winkThen I had an international career. Known for her unique look with the dragon tattoo on her head, she has modeled for all the most prestigious fashion houses, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, and Versace. She has also been seen in the biggest fashion magazines around the world.

  • Yves Salvail at Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer 1993 women's ready-to-wear show

    Press photo archive

    Yves Salvail at Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer 1993 women's ready-to-wear show

  • Yves Salvail at the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival in 2008

    Photo by David Boyle, Press Archive

    Yves Salvail at the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival in 2008


What an era! I was 20 years old and came from Matani! I wasn't prepared for all this success, and I was very lonely.

Yves Salvail

Photo by Marco Campanozzi, Press

Ethne Grimes de Vienne, Dominique Bertrand, Julie de Page, and Yves Salvail

Today, at 52, she is happy to be invited back to fashion campaigns. “There's been a craze since the release Vogue magazineI get calls from Paris, but I don't miss them. I'm glad to see that I'm still working and that there are women like me representing my age group! The population is aging, fashions are evolving, and there is greater diversity in sizes, cultures and ages. There are curvier women out there and it's about time! », estimates Eve Salvail, a DJ.

  • Dominique Bertrand in the 1980s

    Photo courtesy of Dominique Bertrand.

    Dominique Bertrand in the 1980s

  • Grimes de Vienne's ethnicity in the 1980s

    Photo courtesy of Ethne Grimes-De Vienne

    Grimes de Vienne's ethnicity in the 1980s

  • Yves Salvail in the 1990s

    Photo courtesy of Yves Salvail

    Yves Salvail in the 1990s

  • Cover girl ad with Julie de Page in the 1980s

    Image courtesy of Julie Doe's page

    Cover girl ad with Julie de Page in the 1980s


Montreal, the center of fashion

Dominique Bertrand, a model in the same years as Ethne Grimes de Vienne, praised the latter, saying: “Your style on the catwalk was amazing, you were breathtaking!” They often worked together in the 1980s. “We were discovered by the same woman, the journalist Iona Monahan of the newspaper Newspaper [qui a reçu l’Ordre du Canada en 1985]. We did all the shows and catalogues, La Baie, Eaton, Simpson, Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy. We worked like crazy all the time, and Montreal was truly a fashion hub! “, recalls Dominique Bertrand, who became an author.

Photo courtesy of Ethne Grimes-De Vienne

Dominique Bertrand and Ethne Grimes de Vienne in a Pepsi commercial in the 1980s

“I remember you, Dominique! A goddess! When I was 15 years old, I remember being dazzled by your beauty! “I still have vivid memories of her,” admits actress and presenter Julie de Page, who was Cover girl At 16 years old. Dominique Bertrand almost blushed at this compliment.

Photo by Marco Campanozzi, Press

Dominique Bertrand

Beauty dazzles. It's unbelievable! My years as a model still stick with me 40 years later. I've done a lot of other things, but I always remember this one!

Dominique Bertrand

“You are in front of a force of nature. I had to fight all the time, with photographers and clients, to find and maintain my place. Because at that time, a young black woman, a model, with very short hair, had to be bold!”, Estimates by Ethné Grimes-de Vienne, originally from Trinidad.

She remembers her first magazine cover in the Netherlands. “I've always found it interesting that this magazine for young girls had no problem in the 1980s with putting a young black woman like me on the cover… They were always on top, Dutch.” “Racially, I was simply irresistible. ..and with a distinctive personality!”, responds Dominique Bertrand.

More confident than ever

During the photo shoot, which takes place in a very festive atmosphere, the discussions are lively and we talk clearly about aging. They all answer that they are more content and confident today, and that they are aging as best they can. “Every age has its magic, and if I wasn't happy with my 65 years, I would say that getting older is harder, but I feel good,” says Dominique Bertrand. It's not easy being young today, getting older brings all kinds of problems, but I'm not going back to my 20s! »

Eve Salvail knows very well that she no longer has the same face she used to have.

Photo by Marco Campanozzi, Press

Yves Salvail

I look at the pictures, and there is always some form of disappointment. Gravity has taken its toll! The body changes, but I can only accept myself as I am. We all want to stay young, but it is not the way society looks at us that is cruel, but the way we look at ourselves.

Yves Salvail

She talks about cosmetic treatments that have evolved over 30 years, and that if necessary, we can make small adjustments.

“I find it extraordinary, but I don't want to overdo it, because I just want to look like a 52-year-old woman who sleeps well! I had a little chicken skin dangling around my neck, it bothered me, so I took it off! I find it less beautiful, women who overdo it and it ends »

“I like to dress young, but I don't want to look like my 19-year-old daughter,” says Julie de Page.

Photo by Marco Campanozzi, Press

Julie de Page

I find it wonderful to age gracefully, and I accept my age. Last year I wrote a script for my 50th birthday and a lot of people warned me, because they felt it was risky for an actress to admit her age… especially at 50!

Julie de Page

“I know that when you're an actress, you hope to be immortal so you'll be offered more roles, but I'm proud to be 50, to have the looks I have and the experience I have. It's getting older,” says the woman who is also the face of Lancôme in Quebec. “It's a challenge, but I still wonder about a lot of things.” “Lancôme approached me three years ago, when I was 48. The more we see women of all ages represented in media and fashion, the more acceptable aging becomes.”

For Dominique Bertrand, every woman knows what she needs, and she does not judge those who undergo plastic surgery. She believes the problem lies in the dosage. “When I see women who look plastic and no longer have any expression on their faces, I tell myself that they have gone too far. What terrifies me even more is that they can find a doctor to do this to them! I have already had Botox injections and have already found a woman I trust to do it. The idea is not to look younger than your age, but to look comfortable! Nuance Dominique Bertrand.

I don't want to look younger than 65, I show my age, I have gray hair, and I'm very happy.

Dominique Bertrand

Maybe getting older is taboo? “Many women do not want to reveal their age, not only in my environment, in fact, because we are afraid of being excluded by young people and because we do not value experience enough,” declares Julie de Page.

“Except in the Spice World!” », interrupts Ethni.

Photo by Marco Campanozzi, Press

Ethnicity Grimes de Vienne

“I work in the world of spices and vice versa! We want a woman with experience, who knows what she is talking about, has traveled all over the world and seen and tasted all the spices from different countries, that is experience!”

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