Yasmin's Model-Girl Looks
Hair April/May 1992
interview: Vanessa Feltz
and Guy chose Yasmin as the face to front their latest media campaign entirely
because of her natural, relaxed appearance. Explains Creative Director
Anthony Mascolo: Yasmin's hair is totally straightforward. Utterly
simple. It's just one length all over. A classic. She
works very closely with Guido, Toni & Guy's session stylist. He
so admires the great condition and complete flexibility of her hair that
he suggested using her for our advertising. She represents the key
to 1992's hairdressing. In the 80's hairstyles were becoming so outrageous
and so dramatically detailed that hair ended up clashing with clothes.
Instead of complimenting each other, hair and fashion were working against
each other. Yasmin Le Bon realizes that hair is a fashion accessory,
it doesn't matter how different the Collection she models in the morning
is from the one in the afternoon her hair looks exactly right.
Be warned though, if you fancy the Yasmin Le Bon center parted straight
style you could be heading for disaster. Explains Anthony: "If
you're beautiful as Yasmin Le Bon, let's face it you can get away with any
style. Having said that, the center parting can be tough to get away
with. It tends to pull the face down. Of course, it also gives
height to the forehead and most women need a little lift there for a flattering
look. A center parted style takes confidence to carry off effectively.
On the other hand, hair cut in a middle parting is much more adaptable than
hair cut specifically in a side parted style. You can wear it on the
side. You can brush it back. And with a bit of backcombing,
you can go for the slightly'50s look, with lots of volume which the media
are going mad for at the moment."
While she was pregnant with Saffron, Yasmin colored her naturally
dark brown hair black. Her explanation? Boredom! Says Yasmin:
When you work in my profession you get used to someone else brushing your
hair every day, someone else paying that much attention to your head.
I'm constantly touched all day long. When you're working it bugs you
being touched that much, but when it stops, you miss it. It's the
attention you miss. Having my hair dyed was an excuse to go to a hairdressing
salon and get all that attention. When I was pregnant with our elder
daughter Amber, now two, I permed my hair - again boredom."
You might suppose that Yasmin spends hours at the gym manically
working out. Wrong! She confesses: " I don't have time
for exercise, I was never really a fit person. Simon took me to the
gym a week after the baby was born and I sat on a bicycle machine for about
5 minutes and nearly passed out." So how does she look so slim
only weeks after giving birth? "When I was pregnant with Amber
I was twice the size. This time, running after a Amber kept the weight
off. And in the last two months of pregnancy, it dawned on me that
I only had two weeks to get it together after I had the baby before I started
working in the last two months, I probably lost some weight. But it's
not all off, the hips are still sticking out."
When it comes to maintaining her perfect complexion, Yasmin sticks
to the company whose products she is happy to endorse. Pure and Simple.
Says a spokesman: "Today's modern women prefer the practical, no fuss
approach to looking good, using products that contain only non-animal derived
essential ingredients. Yasmin Le Bon is certainly no exception.
Her flawless skin is a testament to the benefits of deep cleansing
and toning." Yasmin's association with Pure and Simple proved
conclusively that she doesn't go in for the expensive designer products
just for the heck of it. Pure and Simple Deep Cleansing Lotion costs
only 2.79 and their light moisturizing lotion just 3.29.
Rest is Important
Far from being a money-no-object jet setter, Yasmin is a cost conscious
27-year-old mother of two, with both feet on the ground. "A lot
of people seem to think that modelling is a hobby of mine, but I could
think of more worthwhile hobbies. It's my living. While I've
got mouths to feed, I will carry on working, like the rest of the
planet." Yasmin's most important recipe for keeping at the top
of her profession is to get enough sleep: "The problem is that
because I have to work, and I have to look good at work - I have a job where
I can't look hideous, it is really important for me to rest when I'm not
working. I come home and have a nice hot bath and go to bed early.
I don't go out, I don't drink much alcohol. Sound boring? Come
off it. Snuggling up for an early night with Simon Le Bon must have