Contested facts about her biography include her birth date (cited as 18 November 1939, also 1941, 1946, 1948 and 1950) and place (Hong Kong, Saigon or Hanoi), the gender she was assigned at birth, names and nationalities of her parents (French-English father and an Asian-Russian mother), and the location of her upbringing.
She was raised in the South of France and moved to Paris to make a career in painting. She became a top model, a fixture of the mid 1960s Swinging London and one of Salvador Dalí's muses, who's said to have coined her stage name / public persona ("L'Amant de Dalí" - Dalí's lover).
She later posed as the "lady with the panther" in 1973 on the famous cover of Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure. After a brief affair, David Bowie advised her to try her luck as a singer. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a million-album-selling disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia, sometime referencing the allegations about her transgender identity in her songs "Fabulous (Lover, Love Me)", "If I was a Boy" or "I'm a Mistery" (deliberately misspelled as to reference the word "mister").
Since the early '80s she has presented TV shows in Italy, France and Germany and is a theater actress.
- 17 Vocals
- 3 Instruments & Performance
- 287 Writing & Arrangement
- 8 Featuring & Presenting
- 2 Technical
- 4 Visual
- 6 Acting, Literary & Spoken