the by-line of Harper's and Queen's cover story on Yasmin, a woman who has
retained quite a status throughout her career in the fashion industry. Born in
Oxford, she credits her father's Persian descent and her mother's English features
for her flawless facial structure and absolutely ageless face. Growing up, her
ambition was to become a professional racing driver, but in hopes of making some
quick summer cash, she stopped by Models 1 at the age of nineteen and the rest as
they say is history.
It wasn't just Yasmins stunning looks that earned her the name "The Face of The
Eighties". Photographers and stylists never fail to comment on her professionalism
Throughout her legendary career she has worked with nearly every top
photographer from Peter Lindbergh to Horst P to Steven Meisel and Mario
Testino; she was on both covers of the first ever American and British Elle
magazines, as well as the covers of Italian, British, French, and German Vogues;
she was one of the dominant models on the international runway scene, and was the
face of campaigns of labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Missoni,
Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren.
Yasmin continues modelling and has more recently been in campaigns for clients as
diverse as Moschino and Avon. She was also the ’face of’ her own highly acclaimed
collections for the British High street brand Wallis ‘YLB for Wallis’. The experience
of creating her collections gave Yasmin the opportunity to use the wealth of
experience she has gained in the fashion industry in a creative way.
Yasmin is a huge supporter of new fashion talent with both photographers and
designers and has recently featured in Wonderland and ID magazines as well as
supporting young designers at London fashion week Legendary milliner, Philip
Treacy describes her accurately; "Yasmin has one of the most beautiful faces in the
world. And she is the least complicated of models. She's so nice you just want to
squeeze her all the time."
With such an impressive past, with three children, and after being in the modelling
industry for over two decades, one would expect Yasmin to be slowing down. But as
Yasmin herself has said... "When I do finally hang up my false eyelashes, I will leave
with fond memories . . . but hell, they'll have to bury me before I give up.
Yasmin lives in London with her husband, Simon Le Bon, their three daughters
Amber, saffron and Tallullah and their menagerie of dogs and cats.