Red magazine March 2018

In honor of its 20th anniversary this year, Red magazine has selected Yasmin to grace the cover of its March 2018 issue.  While she did was not on their first cover (she was on a mini-preview issue that came out in January 1998), this marks Yasmin’s 14th appearance on the cover of Red magazine (and in many, many more editorials).

Never one to spare her thoughts, she shares her 20 top tidbits of what the past 20 years have taught her.  Some favorites:

“Age-appropriate dressing is rubbish. Dress in a way that makes you feel good. I’m reliving my youth with short skirts and bodycon outfits – actually, what is youth but a state of mind?”

” Put yourself first, because no one else will.”

“Everything in life has consequences. Before you send that email, sleep on it. If it still sounds right in the morning, then send it. I think we’ve all been there.”

“One needs the darkness to recognise the light.”

“People have told me, ‘You can’t be their mother and their best friend.’ Well, you can. I’m not saying it’s easy. It is about timing, patience, closeness and honesty. I am more determined about this than anything else in life. My girls are my best friends, they have my back and I have theirs.”

“At the end of the day, we are all on our own. Only we can pick ourselves up. Only we can count on ourselves. Only we have the key to happiness.”

“In marriage – in any relationship – do not leave things unsaid. Life is too short.”

“The menopause is a bit s***, actually. You ache all over, you’re tired and fractious and you develop an extra layer of padding all over. You can’t remember to make that appointment to see the damn endocrinologist. You can’t remember where you parked the car. It’s important that you tell people this.”

“Make time for hobbies. It’s time spent doing just what you want, purely for you. When was the last time you did that? Yeah, right… like never. I’m working on that, too.”

Photographer: David Gubert
Art direction: Philippa Williams
Stylist: Oonagh Brennan
Stylist’s assistant: Gabriella Minchella
Hair stylist: Ken O’Rourke at Streeters, using Charles Worthington
Make-up artist: Liz Pugh at Premier Hair and Make-up, using Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush and Blue Serum Eye
Nails: Kim Treacy at Stella Creative Artists, using Chanel Le Vernis in Horizon Line and La Crème
Main Set design: Michelle Lester
Seamstress: Alice Ratcliffe at Chapman Burrell

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Elle Italia December 2017

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Elle Italia features Yasmin and other models on the covers and inside of their jam-packed December issue. She was shot by Max Vadukul with fashion editor/stylist Benedetta Dell’Orto, hair by Leigh Keates @ Premier, makeup by Emma White Turle @ The Wall Group, stylist Silvia Pescia, casting director Giulia Massullo, and contributing editor/interviewer Valentina Mariani.

A fixture in Italian Elle since the mid-80s and cover model of the first issues of American and British Elle, Yasmin was a natural choice to be featured in this special issue. As she said in the accompanying interview, “Elle is a magazine that I am very connected to, especially for its ‘fashion democracy’; I think it’s brilliant to present fashion by showing just about everything to readers, from the height of haute couture to things that are more commercial and cheaper. Elle has turned fashion into a theme that affects all women, from every social background and race, and has found a way to make them feel united and part of a single world. They’ve done it in a way that is creative and never trivial, and I think this is beautiful.”

Marks & Spencer autumn/winter 2017

“Coat connoisseurs” Yasmin and Saffron Le Bon promote the new season of coats for Marks & Spencer.

Both mother and daughter are fashion fanatics and love adding bold, statement pieces to their wardrobe.  In this shoot, they model their favorite coats from M&S’s fall collection.

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Saffron “made a beeline” for the faux fur she wears in the above photo and loves taking risks, whereas Yasmin is a fan of impeccable cuts and eye-catching proportions and fabric.  One of her favorite selections is the “really sharp, straight black coat” she wears below.

Apart from family shoots, this campaign marks Saffron’s first modelling job as an adult. Her true passion is for music, having received her BA in music performance last year.

fashion editor: Dulcie Emerson
photographer: David Gubert
stylist/hair: Louise Hall
makeup: Liz Pugh
art director: Nicola Rose

This is not their first campaign for M&S, having previously modelled for them in 1995!

Yasmin Le Bon for Winser London autumn/winter 2017

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Yasmin’s latest capsule collection for Winser London has just been launched! Much like her autumn/winter 2016 collection, it features bright, notice-me colors and reflects Yasmin’s own tastes for funky classics that make a statement. Her clothes echo Winser London’s reputation for luxurious and comfortable, timeless clothes with a high attention to detail and style and are made in fine, durable fabrics such as cashmere, tweed, satin, and merino wool.

Buy or pre-order at Winser London today.

Harper’s Bazaar Thailand April 2017

Big news as it has just been announced that Yasmin is on the cover (and inside of) the April 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Thailand, her third cover for Southeast Asian editions of Harper’s Bazaar in less than 6 months (HB Taiwan last December and HB Indonesia in February).

It was shot by Aitor Santomé with Chamnan Pakdeesuk serving as creative and fashion director and M.L. Chatnapa Sutatsanee as fashion editor.

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Vanity Fair Italia 1st March 2017

Yasmin and daughter Amber are a pleasant surprise in the latest issue of Italian Vanity Fair, in an editorial shot by Alan Gelati (who has worked with Yasmin over the past year in shoots for Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan and You Magazine) and interview.

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Vanity Fair Italia 1st March 2017
photographer: Alan Gelati
fashion editors: Cleo Casini and Leonardo Caligiuri
makeup: Andrea Costa at Close Up
hair: Gabrielle Trezzi at Close Up

Yasmin speaking out against CMA ruling

Yasmin is speaking out against last Friday’s ruling by the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) against a number of UK modelling agencies, including Yasmin’s longtime agency Models 1, for price collusion.  Working as a model for over 30 years, few know the modelling industry and the agencies’ position as an important liaison between models and clients better than Yasmin; and her statement both defends how supportive Models 1 has been to her throughout all stages of her career and responds to some of the misunderstandings that are reflected in the CMA’s findings:

“I have been with Models1 since the beginning of my career in 1983 and, during that time, I have been nurtured, protected and taught how to become the model I am today.  In the early part of my career, I had to work hard to build my portfolio and this entailed doing jobs for very little money. Had it not been for the knowledge, experience and professionalism of the agency I would not have sustained a career in the industry.

“Modelling is a profession and it is hard work.  It takes time and commitment to build a career and the AMA [Association of Model Agents], with its agents, have always sought to protect young models from exploitation, but also from clients who are under pressure to pay increasingly low fees. Regrettably models don’t work every day and a little has to go a very long way especially at the beginning of one’s career.

“Responsible modelling agencies work to very high standards and protect young and inexperienced people from being exploited.”

“Good modelling agencies protect the rights of all models to make a living.”

Models 1, Premier, and Storm, three of the agencies that are the subject of the alleged misconduct in the CMA’s judgment, immediately issued a statement that they will be appealing the ruling.  Among their arguments are that the CMA’s conclusions are not based in fact and suggest a miscomprehension of the complexities of the industry and fundamental market characteristics, and that the role of modelling agencies has been to protect and develop models’ careers, not drive up or fix prices.

In this 2009 video, filmed for the Association of Model Agents, Yasmin talks about the connection she feels to her agency, how people can develop a misunderstanding of the modeling industry, and how the AMA can help aspiring models and their parents.