This past May, Montreal-based brand ELISA C-ROSSOW celebrated its 10th anniversary of creating essential pieces for feminine women. In honour of this milestone, they are featuring Quebec women who inspire them to immortalize the heart of the brand: to dress a range of women in a way that highlights their different and unique personalities. A wardrobe that compliments their personalities without defining them.

The project features ten sensational French-Canadian women, each with captivating backgrounds. The collection of stars range in age and areas of expertise, but collectively prove that the women of Quebec are a force to be reckoned with. Wherever you are in Canada, these are names you should familiarize yourself with, as they are some our nations most empowering female role models.

The portrait series also beautifully showcase ELISA C-ROSSOW’s designs. The aesthetic is minimalistic, with a notable absence of colour. However, this doesn’t take away from the stunning, high-quality timeless cuts – all designed and made in Montreal.

The brand partnered with photographer Maxyme G Delisle, who is known for his enchanting portraits that capture the stories and emotions of his subjects. The authenticity of his work perfectly matched the aesthetic and key message of the ELISA C-ROSSOW brand.

 

 

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BÉATRICE MARTIN

 

Martin, who is better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate is a Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. At 28, the Montreal-native has released four studio albums and is credited to bringing la chanson fracaise to a new generation of youth. Over her 10-year career (and counting!), she’s collected numerous accolades, such as CBC Radio 3’s fan-voted “Bucky” award and has taken home four Félix Awards from 13 nominations.

 

 

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CHRISTIANE GERMAIN

Germain is the Co-Founder, Co-President, and CEO of Group Germain Hotels. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at one of the Le Germain boutique hotels, you’d know how incredible and luxurious these accommodations are. Not only has her dynamic, tenacious, and inventive entrepreneurial qualities have been admired across the globe, but after 30 years in the hospitality industry, she is known for developing Canadian talent in various capacities.

 

 

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EVE SALVAIL

Born in Matane, Quebec, the Canadian model and DJ rose to fame as a teen in the early ’90s, when she was working in Japan and decided to shave her head and tattoo a Chinese dragon on her scalp. Her distinctive ‘do caught the eye of Jean Paul Gaultier, who booked her for his show and jump-started her career in fashion. Now in her late 40s, Eve is juggling her modelling career with DJ-ing, where she is able to channel her distinct style into an empowering form of entertainment.

 

 

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GABRIELLE LAÏLA TITTLEY

Tittley is a talented illustrator and the mastermind behind the cheeky brand Pony MTL, which features her designs on a variety of products, like T-shirts, pins, post-cards, and body care. Her infectious charisma and distinct aesthetic have attracted fans from around the world, including Charlize Theron, Alex Perron, and R-Patz.

 

 

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JENNIFER BRODEUR

Skin guru to the stars, Brodeur is the founder of JB Skin Guru, a holistic line of organic skincare intended to help you glow from within. She also created the Max+, a LED light therapy machine used globally by skin care professionals. Her experience and success is a testament to her confidence and strength of character, embracing uniqueness and authenticity as part of her ethos. With over 20 years in the aesthetic industry, she is trusted by Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Karine Vanasse amongst others, truly embodying her title of a trailblazing Wellness Warrior.

 

 

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KARINE VANASSE

This stunning actress and new mom hails from Drummondville, Quebec, and is known for her roles in TV shows like Pan Am, Cardinal, and Revenge. Besides acting, Vanasse has a true passion for fashion and beauty, collaborating with Canadian brands like Marcelle Cosmetics and sharing her maternity style secrets on the Marilyn Denis Show.

 

 

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MAÏNA MILITZA

Militza is a makeup artist and hairdresser based in Montreal. A true artist at heart, her creative approach has earned her recognition from the Quebec Cinema Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for her work on various international campaigns, movies, and projects. She’s worked with famous faces like Xavier Dolan, Evelyne Brochu, Niels Schneider, Caroline Dhavernas, and fellow featured female, Coeur de Pirate.

 

 

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MAGALIE LÉPINE-BLONDEAU

Quebec actress and animator Lépine-Blondeau has made appearances on both stage and screen, notably working with director Serge Denoncourt and stealing the show as Detective Lieutenant Nadine Legrand in the dramatic Quebec series, District 31. Her dynamic talent does not go unrecognized: she has numerous Gemini Award nominations in both the comedy and dramatic categories. Besides acting, the Montrealer also has a love of travel and a keen eye for design, which she shares on Instagram.

 

 

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MARIANA MAZZA

Mazza is serving some serious looks in this stunning portrait but she’s a real funny girl. A self-proclaimed “energy bomb,” the comedian is breaking barriers as she is touring throughout Quebec with her one-woman show, Femme ta mueu, which has already sold more than 200,000 tickets. Only 27, she has taken the comedy world by storm, with non-stop gigs since her debut on En route vers mon premier gala (a show where 30 up-and-coming comedians compete for a place at the Just for Laughs Festival gala) in 2013.

 

 

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MARIE-JOËLLE PARENT

Parent is a French-Canadian journalist who has just joined the Pinterest team in San Fran as an Editorial Content Producer after living in NYC for nine years. In the past, she worked with Quebecor Media Group as a bilingual multimedia correspondent covering major news stories like Hurricane Sandy, the Ferguson riots, Sandy Hook shooting, the reelection of Barack Obama in Chicago, and the Boston Marathon bombings. She was also the author of two guidebooks, 300 Reasons to Love New York and 300 Reasons to Love San Francisco.

 

 

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Photos courtesy of ELISA C-ROSSOW.

Owner and Designer ELISA C-ROSSOW.
Asistant Designer MATHILDE HORVAIS.
Photographers MAXYME G DELISLE (10 Women), GAËLLE LEROYER (Behind the Scenes), and JS DÉNOMMÉ (Editorial).
Assistant Photographers RENAUD ROBERT and RENAUD LAFRENIÈRE.
Makeup Artist MÄINA MILITZA.
Producer ELAINE SAUVÉ.
Studio Coordinator FRÉDÉRIQUE DUCHESNE.
Graphic Designer and Content  ISABELLA GENNARO.

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