What does feminism mean to you, Yasmin Le Bon?
Cover star Yasmin Le Bon, with her classic yet unmistakable beauty, has been one of the most radiant figures in the fashion industry for over 30 years. A conversation with the supermodel about her long marriage, feminism and true happiness
Beautiful, radiant with happiness and close at hand - these are the three adjectives that immediately come to mind when you meet Yasmin Le Bon for the first time. The 55-year-old supermodel, who has been married to music legend Simon Le Bon, lead singer of the band Duran Duran, since 1985, has graced over 400 magazine covers in her superlative career and is probably the best example of how family and (modeling) career can be reconciled. As mother of three daughters and grandmother of two grandsons, she quickly makes it clear where her priorities lie. She has to get home at 5 p.m. on time for babysitting. She tells this story completely unpretentiously, laughs and shows pictures of her youngest grandson, who is just four weeks old. The British woman with Iranian roots on her father's side is bursting with energy and jumps on the MADAME-questionnaire after discussing hair and make-up for the shooting.
What does happiness mean to you?
A kind word, a gentle gesture and to be in the arms of my beloved.
Which artist do you admire?
Art is omnipresent for me. Right now I'm having a little Francis Bacon moment. And: I was recently in Belgrade at the exhibition of my friend Vuk Vidor. He's amazing.
What's your favorite thing in the closet right now?
A pair of silver leather pants from Iro and a quilted, buttonless coat from India.
Which app makes your life easier?
I have no idea how to make my life easier - but I love the meditation app "Headspace". Because I have trouble falling asleep.
Apart from home - where do you feel safe?
I love Scotland more than anything. If Simon ever suggested moving there I would pack my bags without hesitation. It's so beautiful.
Speaking of Simon, what is the secret of your marriage of over 30 years?
When you love someone, they stimulate you, upset you, frustrate you, inspire you - all at the same time. If that's not the case, something's wrong. Life and love are sometimes hard. You have to be able to forgive and know what is worth fighting for.
What does feminism mean to you?
To be in control of one's own destiny and to stand up for oneself and what is right.
Tolerance, understanding and the strength to admit that you are vulnerable. I wish I had asked for help more often when I was young. But I was afraid to admit I didn't know what I was doing.
How do you keep yourself so incredibly young?
Do I? I don't know. I don't see it. I think the most important thing is the attitude towards life. Not being pulled down by negative energy, negative thoughts, what people say about you. It's a constant battle that you don't always win.
What are milestones in your life?
The love of my life and my children, of course. But I honestly don't think in milestones. My family made me who I am. Nevertheless, and precisely because of that: constant development is what drives me.