Yasmin Le Bon
Marella autumn/winter 1995-1996 catalogue
a two year absence, she has returned beneath the bright lights. Yasmin
Le Bon, married for nine years to rock star Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran,
with whom she has three daughters: Amber Rose, five and a half, Saffron,
three and a half, and the tiny six month old Tallulah, has taken back on
her modeling career. Interview in a photographer's studio, which is
because of her return to the modeling scene.
Q: Was it very difficult for you to leave from your children so soon?
A: I had little choice. The majority of women work today, and I
am no exception.
Q: But weren't you also a little tired of the domestic routine?
A: Obviously. Taking on an outside activity will do me good.
I have stayed with the kids for nearly two years, but now that I have a
nanny I am happy to go out a little and talk to people.
Q: Running after a family means being grounded. Today,
do you see fashion and the modeling profession in another light?
A: I have always seen them in another light. I got married at the
age of 21, it has always remained something more important than fashion
in my life.
Q: Do you find it tiring to manage different roles or do you always find time
A: I never make plans; I act impulsively. I find it wiser to do
what I can without setting myself up for the impossible.
Q: When you modeled full-time and went away for fashion shows, how
did Amber take it?
A: Well. She understood it. If I was traveling for only a
couple of weeks, in the break between Milan and Paris I would make a short
visit at home.
Q: Your typical day: can you describe it to me?
A: Everything revolves around the kids. Every day I bring them
to school and because they have to be fed and prepared, ready for the car
at 8, I have to wake up at 6:30.
Q: Do you live from day to day?
A: I take things as they come. I don't want to make plans to avoid
having, as often happens, disappointments. The more you think about
what you want to do, the greater chance you have of missing the obvious.
Q: Would you like to continue modeling, or do you hope to do something
A: For the moment I'm happy with the way things are, it's a well-paid
job and it fits perfectly with my private life. It asks for limited
sacrifice, it involves responsibilities that are only exhausting at the
moment, nor do they break into the family sphere.
What is the life like of husband and wife who are both involves in activities
outside of home? Do you follow Simon on tour and does he come to your
A: Now with the kids, it's more difficult to follow him around.
If the band's in Europe, we can meet on weekends; if they're in America,
I join him with the kids during vacations. The kids love touring;
they think that taking the plane every day and spending every night in a
different hotel is normal: they have a lot of fun. When Simon is free
he comes to the fashion shows, he likes to see each and every one, it's
only a question of time.
Q: Yours and your husband's professions, according to you, do they
favor understanding, reciprocal comprehension towards somewhat special lifestyles?
A: Oh yes, I don't think that anyone else could have tolerated Simon's
lifestyle and way of working and that only he could have stayed with me
when I was working full-time. We have activities that demand a great
deal of discipline; we know that when we are committed we really have to
give it our all.