An Interview With Yasmin Le Bon
author: Karen Kay
A few seasons away from the catwalks, British supermodel Yasmin le Bon is making a welcome return to London Fashion Week after signing an exclusive deal with designer Matthew Williamson and his sponsor, Ariel Essential.
Yasmin modelled on Sunday evening at a trendy art gallery in London's Brick Lane. In an exclusive interview at Matthew's West End studio, the 35-year-old mother of three told me she is looking forward to strutting her stuff on the runways again.
"I absolutely adore Matthew's clothes and he is such a nice designer to work with, it makes the job a doddle. I wear lots of his designs off-duty, so it's really nice that he's asked me to appear in the show." Having worked all over the world, Yasmin is now in the fortunate position of being able to pick and choose the work she does, and command a substantial sum of money for appearing in a designer's show. Despite being at the top of her profession for nearly twenty years, she retains a down-to-earth attitude to life that belies her position as one of the world's most recognised faces.
She clearly feels passionately about the business that has made her fortune, but is cautious with her advice to teenagers eager to follow in her elegant footsteps. "If you are beautiful at 14 or 15, you will be even more beautiful two or three years down the line. My advice is: WAIT. Finish your education, and wait until you are emotionally and mentally ready to deal with everything the fashion industry can throw at you, which is a lot. It's exciting and rewarding, but can also take its toll if you are to young to cope with it."
Skimping on style
You said it, Yasmin!