Her father was an army man, meaning that Valade and her family constantly moved around. Her captivating gaze and exquisite features have attracted photographers since she was a teen. They would approach and offer to pay her to model for them, and she would say yes! Valade then started to show her pictures around, when one day she received a phonecall from a Parisian model agency offering her to sign with them, and she simply thought “why not?” Since then, Valade has reached for the stars, modeling for top designers. And yet, still has her dreams set on working in project design.
Valade’s big break came in 2010, when she took to the catwalk for Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week. Her career has since catapulted and she has appeared in every major runway show for the biggest names in the fashion world.
Valade took prime position in our Spring 2012 First Face Awards, opening and closing for a number of top shows to include Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Francesco Scognamiglio,MaxMara, Lanvin, Emanuel Ungaro, Alexander Wang, Edun, Diesel Black Gold, Etro, Iceberg, Pedro Lourenco, and Giambattista Valli; in New York, Milan, and Paris.
The French beauty has featured on a number of advertising campaigns and fashion editorials. Most notably, Valade was selected as the new face of Alexander Wang’s Spring 2011 campaign, which included her cameo in his “Confessional” video series. Valade also starred in Etro, Just Cavalli, and Kenzo Fall ad campaigns that same year. And in 2012, she became the face of Lanvin's Spring eyewear campaign.
In 2010, Valade landed two spreads for arthouse fashion magazine Wonderland, followed by a feature on the cover of Turkish Vogue, and has featured in editorials for W Magazine, Numero, i-D magazine, and German Vogue, among others.
Additional 2011 covers include Russh, Spanish Harper’s Bazaar, and Japanese Vogue. While in 2012 Valade posed alongside other top models Doutzen Kroes, Arizona Muse, Kati Nescher, Isabeli Fontana, Suvi Koponen, Nadja Bender, and Anais Mali for Mario Sorrenti in the 80 essential Parisian looks for Fall 2012-13 editorial in French Vogue.
Before modeling Valade dreamt of being a painter and sculptor but realised she couldn't earn enough money as an artist. She then thought to try her hand at journalism but didn’t like the industry’s attitude towards pretty women. Despite her modelling successes, Valade still has hopes of studying project design.