Eve Salvail has confirmed in a TV interview that she is a lesbian. Speaking on the talk show of fellow supermodel Tyra Banks, the 33-year-old has up until now refused to discuss her sexuality in public.

The Canadian model is famous for shaving her head, the first supermodel to do so. She was one of the top models of the 1990s and appeared as herself in the late Robert Altman’s movie about the fashion industry, Pret A Porter.

Salvail has also had on-screen roles in The Fifth Element and Zoolander. She was a favourite model of Jean-Paul Gaultier and also worked extensively for Moschino.

Yesterday’s edition of The Tyra Banks Show, which is shown on CBS in the United States, was entitled “Coming Out Stories.”

Salvail talked openly about her girlfriend for the first time.

Banks confessed she had no idea of Salvail’s orientation when they worked together in Europe during the 1990s.

The Canadian, sporting peroxide blonde hair, revealed that, “I was always with my girlfriend at the time backstage, but I’m very private about my personal life.

“She was my make-up artist, my manager, my hairdresser, my everything else,” she said.

The revelation will not come a complete surprise to many fashion watchers. Seven years ago a friend of the model told gay magazine The Advocate that the was a lesbian and in a TV appearance in 2000 Salvail herself said she dated women exclusively.

Salvail said she agreed to come out on Banks’ TV show because, “it’s you”.