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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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!

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.