Yasmin and Amber raising funds for Quintessentially Foundation and Elephant Family

In advance of their 5 day rickshaw race in early November through Madhya Pradesh in India as part of Travels to My Elephant, an effort inspired by the work of the late Mark Shand to help call attention to the plight of endangered Asian elephants and support their conservation, Yasmin and Amber have established a Virgin Money Giving page to raise money for Quintessentially Foundation and Elephant Family.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: (L-R) Yasmin Le Bon, Amber Le Bon and Joanna Lumley pose at the launch of 'Travels to my Elephant' Rickshaw Race at Clarence House on March 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

From this March: Yasmin and Amber with actress Joanna Lumley pose alongside one of the rickshaws that will be raced as a part of Travels To My Elephant

Amber, who set up the page, writes that funds raised will go to helping save endangered Asian elephants, a cause close to both of their hearts. She adds that those who donate will be added to an email list to receive fun pictures and videos of them from the roads of India.

Elephant Family, the organization founded by conservationist Mark Shand, is dedicated to saving the Asian elephant, whose numbers have plummeted by more than 90% in the past century, from extinction.  Quintessentially Foundation aims to improve the education, health, and welfare of disadvantaged people worldwide.  Your donation will help support both of these important causes.

So far, £267.50 has been raised with a goal of £10,000.  Donations will be accepted through November 1st.

Visit Yasmin and Amber’s Virgin Money Giving page to donate.

Stylist Arabia 15 September 2015

Yasmin was selected as the muse of innovative fashion designer Mary Katrantzou to appear alongside her in this week’s issue of Stylist Arabia, which was guest edited by Katrantzou and features a look at her upcoming collections.

In the interview inside, Katrantzou speaks of admiring Yasmin since seeing ad campaigns of her as a teenager, praises her individual sense of style and the energy and passion she brings to whatever she does, and says that she feels “so honoured to share the cover with her.”  Yasmin, meanwhile, fondly remembers the first Katrantzou show she ever saw, finds the concept of supermodel “absolutely hysterical, no one is saving any souls here,” says “I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be” a feminist, and shares the name of her favorite song on Duran Duran’s latest album Paper Gods (hint: it’s a bonus track).

Check out a videoclip from the shoot on Stylist Arabia’s Instagram.

Life Through a Lens
Stylist Arabia 15 September 2015
photographer: Antonio Petronzio
fashion editor: Devinder Bains
interview: Cressida Meale

Visit Stylist Arabia’s website for information on how to download the entire magazine for free on their app.

Goodwood Magazine summer 2015

Combining her love of fashion and cars, Yasmin amps up the glamour of this vintage 1952 Jaguar XKC 005 for the summer 2015 issue of Goodwood Magazine.


photographer: Roger Rich
stylist: Adele Cany of Angela De Bona Agency NY/Paris
hair: Johnnie Biles of Stella Creative Artists
makeup: Crystabel Riley of Stella Creative Artists

images via www.stellacreativeartists.com

Red Magazine July 2015

Yasmin is on the cover of the July issue of Red Magazine, photographed by David Gubert and styled by Nicola Rose with hair by Ben Cooke and makeup by Ashley Ward.

In the accompanying article by Saska Graville, she talks about her active and weathered household (“You can see every wire in my home, it’s like spaghetti junction. And let’s not talk about the dog pee.  All I can say is, what was a cream carpet now looks very on-trend tie-dye. And my curtains are very ‘dog-pee ombre'”), “muddled” family life (“We’re a happy gang, and our gang gets bigger and bigger”), durable marriage (“I’m sure the reason we’ve been married so long is that we’ve spent huge amounts of time apart.  You can support someone, but you have to go off and have your own life”), and where she sees the future taking her (“I’m open to adventures. I want to go hiking in Chile, discover more of Europe… Who knows, the world’s my oyster”).  She also opens up about her longtime struggles with depression for the first time in a refreshingly upfront and honest fashion that goes to show that it can affect anyone and helps call attention to a condition that remains largely stigmatized.

I have had real depression,’ she says. ‘It’s a running battle every day and I’ve worked very hard at it. I’m in control of it but it’s there all the time. I’m not frightened of it any more, I can talk about it.’

For herself, she has never gone down the antidepressant route, but trusted that the darkness will come to an end. ‘You’ve got to know you are going to get out of it. It may take time, but you will,’ she says. ‘I haven’t [taken medication] but I would if I felt myself really on the edge and needed extra help. If your body’s not producing what it should be, then there’s nothing you’re going to be able to do about it. We have the science, knowledge and understanding to put it right. You’re not a failure, it’s an illness.’

In addition to being featured on the cover, Yasmin was also photographed with her three daughters (Amber, 25, Saffron, 23, and Tallulah, 20) in their first family photo shoot for Red since October 2001.

The magazine will be available at newsstands on 28th May and can be purchased as a digital download at http://www.redonline.co.uk/magazine/digital-edition.

All images via Red Magazine and photographed by David Gubert, who most recently shot Yasmin for the June 2007 issue of Red.

Harper’s Bazaar Bride India April 2015

Yasmin and Amber were photographed for the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar Bride India at the Jaipur Polo Grounds in New Delhi, where Yasmin and Simon served as judges at the Cartier “Travel With Style” Concours d’Elégance classic auto and motorcycle exhibition this past March.  All three Le Bons were also interviewed for the magazine, in which they muse on classic cars, marriage, and jewellery.

“Vintage Vignettes”
Harper’s Bazaar Bride India April 2015
photographer: Amit Sharma
fashion editor: Ayesha Amin Nigam
hair and makeup: Chandni Singh

Travels To My Elephant

This November, Yasmin and her daughter Amber will be taking part in Travels To My Elephant, an 8-day race of 30 rickshaws across Madhya Pradesh in India to help protect the Asian elephant from extinction.

Yasmin and Amber stand before one of the rickshaws with actress Joanna Lumley

There are currently less than 35,000 Asian elephants in the wild, a decrease in population of 90% over the past century, with the loss of forests and the illegal ivory trade further dwindling their numbers.

The charity event, which aims to raise a total of 1 million pounds, is being organized in memory of Mark Shand, the late founder of Elephant Family and a friend of Yasmin’s.  It was announced in a reception hosted at Clarence House by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who was Shand’s sister.

Yasmin told the Daily Mail: “Mark was a dear friend whose work was so important. It would be a crime not to carry it on. I’m very into my cars but racing a rickshaw is going to be something else. I am going to be the driver and Amber will be the navigator. We get on brilliantly but I think being cooped up in a rickshaw for eight days together it going to be explosive. Luckily the engine is loud so I won’t be able to hear her – although I might be tempted to take some gaffer tape too. I really want people to support us in any way they can. It is the mad sort of challenge Mark would thoroughly have approved of and it’s wonderful for the prince and duchess to lend their support.”

This is not her first attempt to help raise money for Elephant Family, as she supported the charity as one of many celebrity pledge drivers to participate in last year’s BCG Annual Global Charity Day.

Also participating in the race will be actress Susan Sarandon and Quintessentially Foundation principal Ben Elliot.

Find out more about Travels To My Elephant and Elephant Family by clicking on these links.

Elle Germany April 2015

Belying her 50 years, Yasmin shines in a new editorial for the April 2015 issue of Elle Germany.

“Yasmin Le Bon”
photographer: David Oldham
stylist: Isabel Arnhold
hair: Tyler Johnston at Kathrin Hohberg
makeup: Kim Brown at Premier

You can read an interview with Yasmin on Elle Germany’s website.

This is Yasmin’s first fashion editorial since last March and her first appearance in Elle Germany since 1993.

(updated with larger images on 20th March 2015)