Saturday, July 01, 2006

Model Yasmin Le Bon successful marriage

Model Yasmin Le Bon credits mutual understanding for marriage success
Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon says her showbiz marriage with Duran Duran's lead singer has lasted for more than two decades because of similarities in the music and fashion worlds they live in, a Hong Kong magazine reported.
"I think part of why it's (the marriage) worked is that we understand each other's businesses so completely. They're so similar," Le Bon was quoted in the July issue of Prestige Hong Kong.
"And especially, actually, marrying into Duran Duran. I mean if any band was going to understand the fashion business, it was going to be these guys. They really understand it and embrace it."

She married Simon Le Bon in 1985, when Duran Duran was one of the world's hottest groups. The dashing British quintet was the quintessential '80s pop band, with huge hits like Hungry Like the Wolf and Girls on Film. They were at the forefront of the music video age and were famous for their innovative and exotic clips.
Yasmin Le Bon, 41, was born in Oxford, England, and began modelling in 1984 and has worked for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Christian Dior.


Yasmin Le Bon (née Parvaneh) (born October 29, 1964) is a British-Iranian supermodel. She was born in Oxford, England to an Iranian father, and a British mother.
She has had a fashion modeling career of unusual longevity, still going strong at 41 years of age.
Although she was a successful model before they met, she attracted popular attention by marrying Simon Le Bon of the electronic pop/rock group Duran Duran during the height of their fame in 1985. The couple have three daughters; Amber Rose Tamara (b. August 25, 1989), Saffron Sahara (b. September 25, 1991), and Tallulah Pine (b. September 10, 1994).

Friday, June 30, 2006

Kate's poem for druggie Pete

Kate's poem for druggie Pete
Kate Moss has written a poem in which she admits that her on-off boyfriend Pete Doherty loves drugs more than her.
Published in an underground literary magazine, Moss writes: "You love them more than you love me/So that's why I could cry all day long/that's why I can't breath(e)."
The poem, in Moss's handwriting, was scrawled on a page of Doherty's own journals. The journals - often rambling and incoherent - are expected to form the basis of a kiss-and-tell book the singer is writing about his relationship with the supermodel.
Moss's own drugtaking - she was caught on camera snorting a substance that appeared to be cocaine - became subject of a nine-month police investigation. The 32-year-old, who has a young daughter, learned earlier this month she would not face charges because of a technicality.
The poem is published in the magazine Full Moon Empty Sports Bag, which is co-edited by Paul Roundhill, Doherty's self-styled literary agent.

Roundhill, who lives in Whitechapel, was the only person ever convicted as a result of the police investigation into Moss's alleged drug taking. Doherty, 27, appears to have passed extracts of his journals onto Roundhill for publication in the magazine.
In one typed passage, Doherty seemingly vows to quit drugs if Moss will marry him. There had been talk the pair had once got engaged.

In the entry, dated September 2005 - around the time Moss was photographed allegedly taking drugs - Doherty writes: "Dear Kate, You'll never read this I suppose which is handy 'cause I can write it then, even though you're only upstairs. En passant or so. The stairs seem so close perhaps I'll come up eh? Would be strange if you walked round the door this second. Anyway, I love you so much it has estranged me from myself even. Wibbleguffle by the way but I love you too - yeah I'm coming downstairs upstairs I mean to say it on paper is a bit off but marry me and I'll do the crack off if you want Peter."
In another extract, Doherty criticises one of Moss's closest friends the actress Sadie Frost for "bashing me with her knockers".
It reads: "...she being the 40 year-old Sadie Frost... For starters when I asked her with (more than a jot of) discretion not to continue bashing me with her knockers every time she spoke to me, she responded with a deplorable tantrum which induced the outrage: 'I can't help if my tits are bigger than Kate's'." Doherty writes: "What kind of friends are these that my love brings out to the country and me thinking we were to be alone..."
Roundhill, 51, given a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to possession of class A drugs, said: "Pete gave me it to use in the magazine. Some of it is his writing and some of it is Kate's. It looks as if the drugs were too much [for Kate].
"She's been giving him quite a hard time about it, trying to sort him out. She even paid for his last round of drug implants.
"It's Kate's debut as a writer. It's very interesting and she is a very interesting girl. With her singing and writing I think she's looking for a future role."

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Body's gong crazy

The Body's gong crazy
ELLE MACPHERSON scooped the Grazia magazine O2 Lifetime Achievement accolade at a glitzy London bash last night.
She was one of the few big names who bothered to pick up her gong.
The Body was honoured for being, well, gorgeous all of her life.
She said: “I am completely honoured to have been considered for the Grazia Lifetime Achievement award.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to be present to collect it and congratulate the other winners.” Er, yes, I’m sure you are.
The Award for Fashion went to JADE JAGGER for her jewellery label Garrard.
ELIZABETH HURLEY won the Grazia O2 X Award for Entertainment.
Entertainment? I wouldn’t say wearing a dress with pins in is entertainment ...
Who the hell makes up these stupid awards?

Elle Macpherson Bio:
Elle Macpherson (born March 29, 1963 or 1964, in Killara, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian supermodel and actress. Her nickname is “ The Body ”.
Baptized an Anglican and christened Eleanor Nancy Gow, Macpherson was the eldest of four children. Her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and her mother later married Neil Macpherson. Macpherson then changed her last name for her stepfather's. She studied one year of Law in the University of Sydney.
While vacationing in Aspen, Colorado Macpherson was discovered and signed to Chick Model Management. Macpherson became an international star through her appearance in ELLE magazine — every issue, for six straight years. At 21, she married Gilles Bensimon, a French photographer and creative manager of ELLE. Eventually she gained even more exposure through Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit issue. She appeared on the cover a record four times, including three straight years.
By 1986, her popularity had increased sufficiently for Time magazine to run a cover entitled “The Big Elle”. The Australian government simultaneously offered her a post on the tourist commission as an unofficial ambassador.
Macpherson made her movie debut playing an artist's model in the 1994 Sirens, which starred Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Tara Fitzgerald and co-starred Portia de Rossi, as another model. Macpherson gained 9 kilograms (20 lb) enlarge her breasts to a voluptuous 37D. She surprised fans and critics by appearing unabashedly in numerous nude scenes, earning her top billing for the film above more established actors (in fact, all the female characters in the movie appeared nude at least once in the film).
In 1999, Macpherson appeared in five episodes of the hit US sitcom Friends as Joey's roommate — girlfriend, Janine Lecroix.
Macpherson went on to film Jane Eyre with William Hurt and has also appeared alongside Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker in If Lucy Fell.
Macpherson is the most financially successful of all the world's supermodels. A 1997 estimate placed her net assets at $40.3 million. Cindy Crawford is a relatively close second with $37.7 million.
Understandably, Macpherson is extremely popular in her home country of Australia. In 1999, she became the first living Australian entertainer to be put on a postage stamp.
Elle was a partner in the Fashion Café restaurant, along with fellow models Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, and is currently the owner of a successful lingerie brand, Elle Macpherson Intimates.
Macpherson has two sons, Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson and Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson; they were baptized as Roman Catholics, in the faith of their father, Arpad Busson, a wealthy self-made Swiss/French financier worth roughly $100,000,000 (USD).
Macpherson and Busson were engaged in 2002 after a six-year relationship, but according to Macpherson they could not marry because Arkie Busson is a devout Roman Catholic, and she is a divorcee. Elle and Arpad were allegedly awaiting an annulment. Their relationship ended in July 2005, but tabloids recently reported that they were reaching out to each other again (as of February 2006).

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Janice Dickinson's Model Behavior

Janice Dickinson's Model Behavior
Janice Dickinson knows a thing or two about modeling — just ask the self-proclaimed first supermodel — so it is no surprise that she's putting her skills to use on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET on Oxygen). TV Guide talked to the loose-lipped ex-supermodel about her new show, getting dissed by Tyra Banks and her strong gay following...

TV Guide: Tell us why you should have your own modeling agency and your own show about it. Janice Dickinson: I’m ready for anything because I’ve been there, done that. I can help these kids. I have credibility in the industry for over 32 years — over 3,000 covers in every magazine in every country in every language. I became a model because I love what I do. I love everything to do with the lighting, the fashion, the film, the photography, the clothes. It’s the only thing I can give back to an industry that fed me like a Vampirella.
TV Guide: What’s the best advice that you give them?

Dickinson: To have something to fall back on after they become models. Let’s face it, there’s a short shelf life in this industry. Cindy Crawford was smart and became The Mole Inc., but most models are just vapid nothingness.They’ve been endorsed by their parents, teachers, boyfriends, peers. They became empty shells. You have to have it upstairs.
TV Guide: Everyone doesn’t agree with your claim that you are the world’s first supermodel. Defend your title.

Dickinson: I’m the first one to coin the term. Back in 1979, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there were categories. Lauren Hutton didn’t do catalog; she did Revlon or runway. I became a cover girl and an editorial model, and then I became a runway model. It just didn’t work that way. Then I started working for Revlon as a spokesperson. Then I did catalog. I was at the top of the food chain. I solely raised the rates. I just wish I was working now. Gisele Bundchen hops down the runway for one passage and makes $85,000.

TV Guide: What’s the real story behind you leaving America’s Next Top Model?

Dickinson: I got the boot from the teeny tiny [executive producer] Ken Mok. He called me the day before [the item] ran in the papers that I was replaced. I went on every TV show and said, “It was a great experience; it taught me a lot. I wish Tyra well.” But you know what? At her last wrap party, she thanked everyone but me. She has me on her talk show talking about incest, sex, drugs, rock and roll. So I go, “Why is it that you can’t look at me and say, ‘Let’s go out for coffee?’” She was like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I said, “Why didn’t you thank me? That really hurt.” “Oh, I forgot.” What is it? Jealousy? I don’t know.
TV Guide: So what did you learn from being a judge on ANTM?

Dickinson: Nothing. They learned from me! I’m still on the show! They can’t let me go. I am the show. When they replaced me with Stumpy — I mean Twiggy — the ratings went down. [Editor’s note: According to the Nielsen ratings, this is not true.]
TV Guide: Any lessons from being on The Surreal Life?

Dickinson: "The Surreal Toxic Life" juxtaposes people to create havoc. I did it purely for the money, to keep my daughter in private school. Omarosa kept calling me a crackhead. She attacked my single-parenting skills. Omarosa is pond scum.
TV Guide: Let’s talk about how great you look on the cover of your new book about dating, called Check, Please!

Dickinson: Everything about the cover photo is retouched and digitally enhanced to make me look good. Hey, I fool the camera. I’m a liar, a magician. I’m 51 years old. Without the fake t---, the plastic surgery and the face-lift, there’d be a middle-aged gray-haired lady staring at you.
TV Guide: What made you stand out as a young model?

Dickinson: Back in my day, everyone was this apple-pie, girl-next-door type — blue eyes, blonde hair. I had sloppy ethnic features, skinny minis, no breasts. I wasn’t in vogue. If it weren’t for the late great [makeup artist] Way Bandy, and the late great [photographers] Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo, I wouldn’t be here. They saw something in me that the populace didn’t. Gay men made me who I am.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Naomi Campbell: 'I'm worth every cent'

Naomi Campbell: 'I'm worth every cent'
Naomi Campbell is not only one of the world's most omnipresent and enduring supermodels, she's also a marketing maestro. She never diets or works out but loves lasagna, cigarettes and a good chardonnay. No question, supermodel Naomi Campbell works hard. And all those multimillion-dollar contracts? "I'm worth every cent," she had famously quipped.
Twenty years in the fashion business. That is quite something. What kept you going for so long?

It is crazy to look back and think it has been 20 years! But I love what I do — always have and always will!
Didn't you ever feel bored?
No, I find the work that I do, the experiences I have had and the amazing people I have met along the way, inspiring and incredible.
Why do you feel that even after so many years, there is only one Naomi Campbell?
I think it goes back to being passionate about what you do — I love my job and enjoy doing it. I also do think I am a bit of a character.
You are a British whose complexion stands out. Was it difficult breaking into the white fashion fraternity?
There were certainly some boundaries when I started and it's still not a perfect world. But there was also an incredible iconic woman, Iman, for us to look up to. There were doors that needed to be opened and I consider it a great achievement to be there to help do so.
Did you ever curse your complexion?

Naomi Campbell Personal life:

In late 2004 she had a high profile relationship with Usher, although by 2005 their relationship appeared to be over. In the 1990s Campbell dated Robert de Niro, and dancer Joaquin Cortes. She was rumored to have a brief relationship with Mike Tyson in the late 1980s. She also dated Adam Clayton, the bassist in the Irish rock band U2.

Legal troubles
She is reputed to have a temper, with several alleged cases involving violence against her staff(often involving a thrown cell phone), as well as verbal abuse. In 2000, she pleaded guilty in a Toronto court to a 1998 assault on Georgina Galanis, her then assistant; Campbell had assaulted Galanis with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out of a moving car. Under an agreement with the prosecution her record was cleared in exchange for her expressing remorse; Campbell also paid Galanis an undisclosed amount of money and agreed to attend anger management classes.
In February 2001 pictures were published in the Daily Mirror newspaper showing Campbell leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in London. In March of 2002 Campbell sued the paper citing a breach of confidentiality, as she was receiving treatment for drug addiction at the time. The Mirror claimed that the pictures were in the public interest as Campbell had denied having a drug problem publicly and had, up to that point, not been known or proved to be a drug addict. The High Court ruled in Campbell's favour and the Mirror was ordered to pay £3,500 in damages (although legal costs were thought to be around £500,000.) In October of 2002, the Mirror won an Appeal Court ruling that the photographs were indeed in the public interest. Campbell was ordered to pay the costs of the Mirror's legal fees, a cost of around £350,000. However, in May of 2004, the Law Lords overturned the Appeal Court ruling by a 3 to 2 majority, which reinstated the High Court's original decision, and Campbell was rewarded £3,500 and the £350,000 legal costs. The Mirror's legal cost is thought to be over £1,000,000. The case is also thought to be a landmark in the rights of celebrities to privacy.
Campbell was most recently arrested on March 30 2006 in New York City for allegedly assaulting her assistant with a cell phone. She was charged with second-degree assault, a felony that carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Kidman bewitches Australian Urban

Dressed in an ivory Balenciaga gown and carrying a posy of white roses, actress Nicole Kidman married country music singer and fellow Australian Keith Urban in a Sydney cliff-top chapel on Sunday.
The ceremony was strong on tradition but also paid homage to the glamour couple's A-list status. It was a second marriage for Kidman, 39, who split with fellow Hollywood actor Tom Cruise in 2001 after 10 years of marriage and the adoption of two children, 13-year-old Isabella and 11-year-old Connor. For New Zealand-born Urban, 38, who left Australia in 1992 to pursue a singing career in the United States that brought him fame and fortune, it was a first...
Kidman and Urban, both Australian citizens, met 18 months ago and recently set up home together in Nashville, Tennessee, the world capital of country music. Father Paul Coleman, the Kidman family friend who conducted the 35-minute Roman Catholic ceremony, said the pair had been inspired by the longevity of the marriages of both sets of parents - 40 years and still going strong.
"They are totally focused on their commitment, it's the priority in their lives," Coleman told reporters. "It's an uplifting occasion for the community to see people of this profile making this commitment in Australia."

Such is the celebrity of Kidman and Urban that their simple and traditional wedding drew some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Among the 230 guests invited to witness the ceremony at the gothic Cardinal Cerretti Chapel were Kidman's best friend and King Kong actress Naomi Watts, fellow Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Murdoch's son Lachlan, who lives in Sydney with wife and former model Sarah O'Hare. The wedding video was shot by Baz Luhrmann, who directed Kidman in the feature film Moulin Rouge and in a money-spinning commercial for Chanel No 5 perfume.

The first guest to arrive was X-Men actor Hugh Jackman. Jackman, one of the hottest names in Hollywood, will star alongside Kidman in Luhrmann's next feature film, an as-yet-untitled love story to be shot in Australia later this year. He sang at the wedding, accompanied by a Sydney Symphony Orchestra string quartet. "It's a very special love story," Luhrmann said of the Kidman- Urban nuptials. "They're feeling great."

The star-struck turned out in their thousands on a chilly southern hemisphere winter day, hoping for a glimpse of the Oscar-winner or her Grammy-award-winning beau. They were not disappointed.

Kidman rolled down the window of her Rolls Royce to wave at well-wishers lining the route to the picturesque sandstone chapel set in a walled estate that used to house a seminary but now encloses a hotel school. Hobbling along was Felomena Illingworth, whose broken leg proved not to be an impediment to star-gazing.

"I love celebrities, especially Nicole," Illingworth told Australia's AAP news agency. "Coming to their wedding today is a perfect opportunity to see her and I would love to get my cast signed." Somewhat dampening the romance of the occasion, the Miami Herald newspaper reported that the couple have concluded a pre-nuptial agreement that cuts Urban out of Kidman's estimated 150-million- Australian-dollar (112-million-US-dollar) fortune if he lapses into the drug addiction and alcoholism that almost derailed his career in the 1990s. Urban, recently voted the sexiest country music artist, has sworn off alcohol and drugs and is also a born-again Christian.

Kidman grew up in Sydney, where her father is an eminent psychologist. She moved to the United States in 1991 when she married Cruise. Antonia Kidman, Nicole's younger sister, was maid of honour. Kidman's daughter, Isabella, was a bridesmaid at a ceremony blessed with fine weather and timed to coincide with the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Kidman's children arrived in a private jet from Japan, where they had been spending time with Cruise, who is there promoting a Mission Impossible film. The bride and groom are tipped to spend their wedding night in the 4-million-Australian-dollar ((3-million-US-dollar) harbourside apartment they bought together last month.

It's less than a kilometre from the famous bridge and has commanding views of the harbour.

A honeymoon on an island in Fiji is expected.