With a world-class modelling career spanning over 30 years, you could forgive Yasmin Le Bon a level of complacency when it comes to fashion shoots. Not so. “I still love it, and get excited by it, that collaboration. I learn something new every time, I’m comfortable with the pruning and the attention – that probably sounds terrible but I do, I love it.” She enthuses, and despite describing herself as someone who isn’t a natural poser, watching her work the camera is effortless. “It’s actually like a form of meditation, in a way.”
One of the globe’s highest earning supermodels during the 80s, Yasmin’s life is made up of the stuff of original Brit-pop legend. As the wife of Duran Duran’s lead singer Simon, with whom she has three daughters (Amber, 28, Saffron, 25, and Tallulah, 22), at 52-years-old she appears refreshingly low key in person. After breezing into The MOD’s London shoot politely earlier than call time, make-up free, upbeat and friendly, she makes sure to give a bright welcome to everyone involved, peppering conversations with jokes. Two small requests are made – an almond cappuccino and the suggestion of Bowie music to be played in the background, quietly referring to his tracks as, “The wallpaper of my life.” We concur on both choices, and from there on in it’s an open, easy atmosphere that lasts all day.
After being scouted in her hometown of Oxford in England aged just 17, Yasmin Parveneh – a maiden name derived from Iranian heritage on her father’s side – appeared on myriad magazine covers, and was a regular face for Vogue and Elle. For the latter, she debuted as the inaugural cover girl on both the American and British launch editions – which sparked her love story with Simon. He noticed her, his team spoke with hers, and an introduction was made between top model and 80s heartthrob – they’re currently living happily ever after in South London. Today, she’s often photographed on the city’s social and fashion scene with a timeless elegance, wearing layers and colour with flair.