Known for such postmodern, social realist novels as Héroïne (published in 2005) and the extremely popular Superstars (published in 2000), this French fiction writer also penned several short stories and was involved in the French punk rock scene.
Before publishing her first novel, Asphyxie, in 1996, she worked as a London-based fashion model and drummer.
She helped write "Paradize," which was a hit song for a French new wave band called Indochine.
At different points in her life, she was romantically involved with musician Lenny Kaye and vocalist Patrick Eudeline.
She had a close friendship with South Korean fashion model Daul Kim and honored Kim (who committed suicide in 2009) in a piece written for the French journal Libération.