‘I performed every night at the theatre, and my work hours at Yves Saint Laurent were organised according to my rehearsals and performances. Some time later, Helmut Newton was due to photograph an advert, and he couldn’t agree with Yves on the choice of model. For Helmut, it was more of a walkyrie, and for Yves more of a Parisian super chic. All of a sudden, Gabrielle Buchaert the attaché de presse exclaimed : ‘of course, there’s the actress !’ And so Helmut came down to the changing room and saw me in white coat, my tight and my heels, painting my nails while chatting with the other girls. From one day to the next, I was catapulted to the top. I did all the shows and campaigns’.