File – 2 items | Reunion with our Quebec “supermodels”

Eve Salvail arrives relaxed in our photography studio one December morning. When she sees Ethné Grimes-de Vienne, her past as a model suddenly comes back to her mind. “Ethné, it was you who taught me how to walk on a podium… and that was more than 30 years ago, during the magazine competition Wink, and we never saw each other again! Amazing ! “, she says.

In 1990, Eve Salvail won the photogenic prize in the Become a Model competition., organized by the magazine Wink, and she then had an international career. Recognized for her very unique look with her dragon tattoo on her head, she has paraded for all the most prestigious houses, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Versace. She has also been seen in the biggest fashion magazines around the world.

  • Eve Salvail at the Jean Paul Gaultier show, women's ready-to-wear spring-summer 1993


    Eve Salvail at the Jean Paul Gaultier show, women’s ready-to-wear spring-summer 1993

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


    Eve Salvail at the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival in 2008


What an era! I was 20 years old and I came from Matane! I wasn’t ready for all this success, and I was so alone.

Eve Salvail


Ethné Grimes-de Vienne, Dominique Bertrand, Julie du Page and Eve Salvail

Today, at 52, she is delighted to be called upon again for fashion campaigns. “There has been a craze since the release of Vogue, I received calls from Paris, but I don’t miss it. I’m flattered to see that I’m still being hired and that there are women like me who represent my age group! The population is aging, fashion is evolving, there is a greater diversity of sizes, cultures, ages. There are curvier women and it’s about time! », Estimates Eve Salvail, who is a DJ.

  • Dominique Bertrand in the 1980s


    Dominique Bertrand in the 1980s

  • Ethné Grimes-de Vienne in the 1980s


    Ethné Grimes-de Vienne in the 1980s

  • Eve Salvail in the 1990s


    Eve Salvail in the 1990s

  • Cover Girl advert with Julie du Page in the 1980s


    Cover Girl advert with Julie du Page in the 1980s


Montreal, fashion hub

Dominique Bertrand, a model in the same years as Ethné Grimes-de Vienne, compliments the latter: “Your approach was splendor on a catwalk, you were breathtaking! » They often worked together in the 1980s. “We were discovered by the same woman, journalist Iona Monahan from the newspaper The Gazette (who received the Order of Canada in 1985). We did all the shows and catalogs, La Baie, Eaton, Simpson, Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy. We worked all the time, like crazy, and Montreal was truly a fashion hub! », remembers Dominique Bertrand, who became an author.


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

“I remember you, Dominique! A goddess ! When I was 15, I remember being amazed by your beauty! I still have vivid memories of it,” confides actress and presenter Julie du Page, who was Cover Girl at 16 years old. Dominique Bertrand almost blushed at this compliment.


Dominique Bertrand

Beauty fascinates. It’s incredible ! My years as a model still stick with me 40 years later. I’ve done so many other things, but I always get reminded of this!

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 keep my place. Because at the time, a young black woman, a model, with very short hair, you had to be daring! », Estimates Ethné Grimes-de Vienne, originally from Trinidad.

She remembers her first cover, for a magazine in the Netherlands. “I always found it interesting that this magazine for young girls had no problem in the 1980s putting a young black woman like me on the cover… They were always at the forefront, the Dutch. » “Ethné, you were simply irresistible… with quite a personality! », replies Dominique Bertrand.

More confident than ever

During the photography session which takes place in a very festive atmosphere, the discussions are lively and we obviously talk about getting older. They all respond that they are more fulfilled and more confident today, and that they are aging as best they can. “Every age has its charm and if I wasn’t happy with my age at 65, I would say that it is more difficult to age, but I am fulfilled,” says Dominique Bertrand. It’s not easy being young today, growing old has all kinds of problems, but I wouldn’t go back to my 20s! »

Eve Salvail knows well that she no longer has the same face as before.


Eve Salvail

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

Eve Salvail

She talks about aesthetic treatments that have evolved over 30 years, and that if necessary, we can make small touch-ups.

“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 slept well! I had the little chicken skin hanging around my neck, it annoyed me, so I took it off! I find it less beautiful, women who overdo it and end up with the same smooth face. They have the same mouth and the same cheeks. That’s what I don’t want, especially since I’ve always stood out, I’ve always been very different. »

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


Julie du Page

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

Julie du Page

“I know that when you are an actress, you hope to be timeless so that you are offered more roles, but I am proud to be 50 years old, to have the look that I have and the experience that I ‘have. Growing old is a challenge, but I still marvel at so many things,” says the woman who is also the face of Lancôme for Quebec. “Lancôme contacted me three years ago, I was 48 years old. The more we see women of different ages represented in media and fashion, the more accepted it will be to get older. »

For Dominique Bertrand, every woman knows what she needs, and she does not judge those who undergo cosmetic surgery. The problem is in the dosage, she believes. “When I see women who look plastic and who no longer have any expression on their faces, I tell myself that they have gone too far. And what horrifies me even more is that they can find a doctor to do this to them! I have already done Botox injections and I really found a woman I trusted to do it. The idea is not to look younger than your age, but to look rested! 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 growing old is taboo? “Many women do not want to reveal their age, not just in my environment, in fact, because we are afraid of being crowded out by younger people and because we do not value experience enough,” confides Julie du Page.

“Except in the spice world!” », interrupts Ethné.


Ethné Grimes-de Vienne

“I work in the world of spices and it’s the opposite! We want a woman who has experience, who knows what she’s talking about, who has traveled all over the world and who has seen and tasted all the spices from different countries, that’s experience! »


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