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32 Breathtaking Photos of Vanessa Paradis Through the Years

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There’s been an ageless quality to Vanessa Paradis’s beauty for decades now, to the point that it’s easy to forget the singer-slash-actor first became a star back when she was just 14, when her hit single “Joe le Taxi,” off her debut album M & J, shot to the top of the charts in her native France. Paradis would go on to become a film star, fashion mainstay, Chanel fixture, and mom of another film star. She sailed through all of it with her indelible je ne sais quoi that she’s passed on to her lookalike daughter, Lily-Rose Depp. Take a look back—and marvel at the mother-daughter resemblance—here.

1984
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Paradis was on the brink of stardom when she posed in a houndstooth blazer in Paris, around the time of her breakout single “Joe le Taxi.”

1987
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Paradis started out her singing career with ‘80s style bangs, though always steered clear of the era’s out-there beauty looks.

1987
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Paradis went with an edgy leather motorcycle jacket for a night out at Les Bains Douches in Paris.

1987
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Paradis had full-on vacation energy when posing at the beach in Martinique, France

1998
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Paradis offered a peek at her checkered bra when performing on the TV show Avis de Recherche.

1989
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Paradis channeled the dancing woman emoji at the 1989 César Film Awards.

1989
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Paradis made quite the departure from her style to walk the runway for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac during Paris Fashion Week.

1990
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Paradis accepted the prestigious César Award for Most Promising Actress in a bodycon dress.

1990
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Paradis kept it casual in a white tee at a concert in Paris.

1990
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A fresh-faced Paradis joined Serge Gainsbourg at the 5th annual Victoires de la musique awards ceremony.

1991
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Paradis’s relationship with Chanel goes way back, though she’s certainly changed up her front-row style in the years since the spring 1992 season.

1993
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Paradis let her hair down on a visit to New York City.

1993
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Paradis went with a brown color palette and the teeniest of hemlines for a portrait taken when she was in her early twenties.

1994
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No one had better hair at the spring 1995 Jean Paul Gaultier show than Paradis and Lenny Kravitz.

1997
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Paradis went blonde for her role in Patrice Leconte’s 1997 film Une chance sur deux.

1997
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Her gap teeth were on full display when she paused for a photo with Leconte on set.

1997
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Paradis joined Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo in sporting a classic tuxedo and bowtie while promoting the René Manzor’s 1997 film Un Amour de sorcière.

1998
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She returned to a darker hue by the time the film premiered the following year.

1999
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Paradis had fully established her look by the late ‘90s, as seen here a year she married Johnny Depp.

1999
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Paradis experimented with a choppy pin-straight look at the Los Angeles premiere of Sleepy Hollow.

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She was back to curls later that year, when she joined her then-husband on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2007
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Paradis was all smiles when she joined Karl Lagerfeld at the fall 2007 Chanel couture show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

2009
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Paradis made a statement in peachy pink fur at a dinner to raise AIDS awareness at the Pavillon Armenonville in Paris.

2010
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Paradis paired her red hair with a bold red lip for her appearance at the fall 2011 Couture show during Paris Fashion Week.

2014
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A curly-haired Paradis made a departure from her usual resemblance to her daughter when accepting the Artiste Interprete Feminine award at the 2014 Les Victoires de la musique ceremony in Paris.

2014
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Paradis swept her hair up into a dramatic updo at the after-party of a Fading Gigolo screening in New York City.

2015
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Paradis went with a smoky eye for an appearance at the 26th Cabourg Romantic Film Festival in Cabourg, France.

2016
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Paradis got playful with her poses at the 23rd annual amfAR gala in Cap d’Antibes, France.

2016
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Paradis made a return to classic menswear at the Cannes Film Festival that same month.

2018
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Depp had grown to the same height as Paradis by the time the pair attended the fall 2018 couture show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

2019
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Paradis and Depp again twinned at a Chanel show, this time during the 2020 cruise season at the Grand Palais in Paris.

2020
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Paradis went with two classics—a bold red lip and head-to-toe black—at the closing ceremony of the 46th annual Deauville American Film Festival.