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SHE CAME OUT WITH A SPLASH ON U.S.
NATIONAL TELEVISION BUT HAD ALWAYS
BEEN OUT, AS WELL AS OUTRAGEOUS,
WHILE MODELLING FOR CHANEL AND
VERSACE. NIC VAN DYKE MEETS
THE NEW YORK SUPERMODEL WHOSE
LATEST LABEL IS THE L WORD.
Eve Salvail is the epitome of cool. With a shaved head and tattoos
she became a much sought after supermodel in the ’90s and has
appeared in films including Zoolander and The Fifth Element as well
as working as a successful DJ. Eve most recently captured our attention
when she confidently announced her sexuality on The Tyra Banks Show.
I caught up with her not long afterwards to talk about the experience of
‘coming out’ to the world, and her love for Australia.
As an actress and model, were you ever discouraged to be so open about
I think I had to give people time to first digest “the look” (bald tattooed, very very
skinny punk) and by the time they were done with that, I think they were probably
too tired to go on to the gay issue.
Did you ever experience homophobia or feel there was a limit to what you
could do as model because of your sexuality?
Never. It seems the attention remains on how I must be anorexic and from another
Without disclosing any names, what percentage of female models are gay or
Hard to say ... I certainly know of a few girls.
Did you have any relationships with other high profile models?
Yes, a few. I actually fell madly in love with a stylist I met on a shoot.
I read that you were worried about doing other TV appearances after
coming out on Tyra Banks because you were scared? Is that true?
No. I must admit I was very nervous to appear on Tyra’s show though. But
because it’s live TV …
What are you scared off: rejection, or are you protecting someone,
for example family?
I’m a bit nervous of what the rest of my family will think of my coming out
so publicly. They’re all very very important to me and I wouldn’t want for
them to love me any less. Even if I know they won’t, I do worry I may
As hard as it is to believe, I heard that you’re a bit shy when it
comes to approaching women. Is this true?
Oh yes. I have no game whatsoever! (But keep it on the DL okay?!)
Photos by Sergio Tuvé / sergiotuve.com
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