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The May Issue — Cover Story
Photography By BEN HASSETT
Written By CHRISTINA HAN
Hair By ROBERT VETICA
Makeup By SABRINA BEDRANI
Styled By ELIZABETH SULCER
Nails By DEBBIE LEAVITT
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
Vanessa Paradis, actress / Photography by Ben Hassett
The water shimmered. Light from the warm April sun bounced off of the Malibu surf in every direction. And that other thing, mentioned seductively in Serge Gainsbourg’s Sea, Sex and Sun lyrics? It arrived in the form of French actress-model-singer, Vanessa Paradis.
Known for being deeply private and eternally girlish, Vanessa Paradis is coquettish in a way that only sultry French pop stars can master. So it was no surprise that when the back door of her black town car opened, she emerged like a shadow, stepping nimbly into the hair and makeup trailer located on set for VIOLET GREY’s cover shoot, where her beauty team was patiently awaiting her arrival. After topping the French charts as a teenager, the mother of two has maintained an impressive mystique over the last two decades, and her most recent performance, playing seriously against her type as a Hasidic Jewish widow in John Turturro’s film Fading Gigolo, has earned her some well-deserved praise. Today, she experienced a different kind of transformation: Hairstylist Robert Vetica smoothed her cropped hair into a sleek, Helmut Newton-inspired slick and longtime makeup artist, Sabrina Bedrani, applied a summery, brilliant orange-red to Paradis’ lips.
With just a handful of hours left on the clock before she was whisked back to reality in Los Angeles, Paradis materialized onto the beach, where photographer Ben Hassett and his crew were assembled around a 1971 silvery-blue Mercedes convertible. As the not-so-delicate sea breeze whipped around Malibu’s Point Dume, Hassett deemed the seaside lighting to be just right. Paradis coyly let her terrycloth robe drop to the sand, revealing an enviously toned, bronzed body (fresh from a Hawaiian holiday). She delicately placed herself in the driver’s seat, gazed directly into the camera lens and then, tossed her head back to face the sun.
Violet
Inquires
15 Questions for Vanessa
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
The Smudged Eye
SHOP THE CREDITS
1
WHAT DO YOU DAYDREAM ABOUT?
Here, there and everywhere.
2
HAVE YOU EVER WORN SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT?
Yes, on a motorcycle.
3
WHAT COLOR IS PAINTED ON YOUR TOES RIGHT NOW?
Red.
4
WHAT MAKES A MAN BEAUTIFUL?
Honesty.
5
WHERE DO YOU PLACE YOUR PERFUME ON YOUR BODY?
The neck.
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
6
WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER GIVEN?
Silence.
7
WHAT SONG ALWAYS MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE?
“People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul” by James Brown.
8
WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH?
Marilyn Monroe.
9
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY IN A MAN?
Intelligence.
10
WHAT DO YOU KEEP ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
Chocolate.
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
The Orange-Red Lip Look
SHOP THE CREDITS
When the DIRECTOR is happy, you’re having fun and feeling completely FREE on-set— that’s when you know it’s working.
Vanessa Paradis, Actress
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
11
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY SECRET YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR MOTHER?
Inner smile.
12
WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY PRODUCT IN YOUR COSMETIC WARDROBE?
Soap?
13
AT WHAT AGE DO YOU THINK MEN ARE AT THEIR BEST?
Age of innocence.
14
WHICH BOOK OR SONG CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
“Singing in the Rain” when I was six years old because it made me want to sing, dance and act.
15
WHAT IS THE MOST OVERRATED ASPECT OF HOLLYWOOD?
Your neighbor is an actor.
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
She is a BEAUTIFUL person, inside and out, and her effortless style is one of envy.
—   Sabrina Bedrani, Makeup Artist
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SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
Shoot Credits
PHOTOGRAPHER: Ben Hassett @ Art + Commerce
MAKEUP ARTIST: Sabrina Bedrani @ Tracey Mattingly
HAIR STYLIST: Robert Vetica @ The Magnet Agency
PRODUCER: Brandon Zagha
NAIL ARTIST: Debbie Leavitt @ Nailing Hollywood
STYLIST: Elizabeth Sulcer @ LalaLand
DIGITAL TECH: Carlo Barreto
PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Brad Liber & Bryon Nickleberry
PRODUCTION: Brachfeld
Fashion Credits
THE SMOKING JACKET LOOK: SAINT LAURENT Black Tuxedo Smoking Jacket,  ALEXANDRE VAULTIER FROM ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY Black Silk Jersey Bodysuit,  CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black Patent Leather Pumps  /  THE SEQUIN DRESS LOOK: GUCCI FROM ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY Gold and Silver Long Sleeve Sequin Dress  /  THE GOLD SWIMSUIT LOOK: ALEXANDRE VAULTIER FROM ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY Gold Nylon Swim Suit with Gold Chain Detail,  POLOGEORGIS Fox Fur Coat,  CARTIER Pink Gold, Diamonds, Colored Stone Paris Nouvelle Vague Necklace THE WHITE DRESS LOOK: GUCCI FROM ALBRGIHT FASHION LIBRARY White Silk Jersey Dress
Behind
The Scenes
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
1971 Mercedes 280 SE Convertible
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
“Vanessa loves the fantasy of high fashion, and elevated glamour— wearing a tailored jacket over a daring, black bodysuit completed the vision.”
— Elizabeth Sulcer, Stylist
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
Makeup by SABRINA BEDRANI
Hair by ROBERT VETICA
Styled by ELIZABETH SULCER
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
“Her skin is dewy, fresh, youthful and glowing with a golden, bronzy feel to it all.”
— Sabrina Bedrani, Makeup Artist
SEA, SEX & SUN starring Vanessa Paradis for #VioletGrey  |  Photographed by Ben Hassett
“The notion of luxury and decadence were of the utmost importance. Along with portraying a powerful woman, who still embodies a sense of refined elegance and glamour.”
— Elizabeth Sulcer, Stylist
In Polite
Society
In polite society, a productive SUMMER strategy includes sea, sex and SUN.
—   Violet Grey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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LOVE SONG BY VANESSA PARADIS #VioletMust  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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Love Song By Vanessa Paradis
Love Song By Vanessa Paradis