"Vanessa Chantal Paradis", (surname pronounced ''Para-DEE'') (born December 22 1972 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France) is a French singer and actress.
Vanessa Paradis was discovered on the TV show ''L'école des fans''. She recorded her first single "La magie des surprises-parties" in 1985 and became famous with the song "Joe le taxi" in 1987. She has since appeared in several films, most famously 1999's ''La fille sur le pont'', a black and white romance co-starring Daniel Auteuil, and 2004's ''Mon ange''. It has been said that her level of fame in France is the equivalent to that of Madonna in North America.
In 1991, Paradis famously promoted a new fragrance for Chanel, entitled "Coco." In the advertisement, she's dressed in all black and feathers, portraying a bird swinging in a cage. In 2004 they chose her once again to promote Chanel's new line of handbags called "Ligne Cambon." She is now promoting Chanel's "The New Mademoiselle" handbag line. Paradis is currently working on a new album expected to be released in 2007.