Yasmin Le Bon on #MeToo in the fashion industry. You may think that over her long career of being a supermodel, Yasmin Le Bon would have seen or endured #MeToo behaviour. But apparently not.
The model was in conversation in Dublin with the Irish Times Women’s Podcast, saying: “I haven’t seen a thing. Not a thing. Really honestly, not a thing. I don’t know if it’s because I started a little bit older when I got into the business but I definitely knew how I wanted to be treated and if anybody came close to not treating me with respect they’d know about it straight away.”
Le Bon revealed that her and her fellow supermodels, such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, “very much dictated how we wanted to be treated. And we stood up for each other”.
“And we talked about things so if somebody wasn’t behaving in the way we liked word soon got out and it’s a small industry. I think considering the size of the industry there’s been far less of it than probably many other industries”
She also got real about ageing, saying it’s a subject men and women need to be more honest about.
“It’s not easy,” she admits. “On a good day I am so grateful to my body that it’s still vaguely working and then there are other days when I just can’t accept the things that are going on. The way my face is just slowly sliding down my neck, not that slowly actually, once it starts it’s the slippery slope”
The 54-year-old and her husband, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon may have become proud grandparents last year after their 26-year-old daughter Saffron gave birth, but Le Bon admits she doesn’t want to look like “someone’s grandma.”
She told Stella: “It sounds stupid, but I didn’t want to look like someone’s grandma on the runway. But actually, I am someone’s grandma, and I am on the runway, so there you go. I did it and it was great fun.
“There are always a lot of people around at home and, I have to say [most of the time], I do look like trash. So I’ve started dressing up at home.
“The older you get, the more you need to hold on to your rock’n’roll. I like [to shop for] labels that design for people like me – characters who just never want to grow up. I would be a rock chick forever.
“I wear more miniskirts now than I did in my 20s and 30s. I’m sure people say things behind my back, but what I don’t hear or see doesn’t hurt me.”
Feature photo from Telegraph Fashion.
Yasmin Le Bon on #MeToo in the fashion industry