At Home With... Jan de Villeneuve
How to transcribe the beauty of Jan de Villeneuve into words? It's no easy task. Hugely successful and massively in-demand, she has been modelling since 1966. We could list the covers she’s graced, the catwalks she's walked down and the photographer's who've shot her, but we haven't got the time. Instead, we’re giving you a brief glimpse into her world and the Kent home she shares with her rock'n'roll drummer lover Andy Newmark and their goldendoodle Charlie...
What is your most treasured modelling memory to date?
Probably the best modelling job I ever had was a three week trip with Norman Parkinson around the South and West of America in 1970 for British Vogue. It started in San Francisco, where we shot right next to The Golden Gate Bridge and from there we went to LA to Las Vegas, through the Painted Desert and on to Florida. Vogue's wonderful editor, Beatrix Miller, asked Parks, the Fashion Editor and me to go over all the photographs together which was quite a treat. Normally, a model has no say in what is used.
If you could work with any photographer dead or alive who would it be?
If you could give one piece of advice to young models in the industry today what would it be?
I would encourage young models not to worry about living up to unrealistic ideas of beauty, to enjoy being young, eat well, look after their teeth, use sunscreen and get good exercise. Have fun with hair and make-up but remember that physical beauty is superficial.
I have always been suspicious of the ‘tyranny of beauty’ so am pleased to see the current trend to show all ages, sizes, shapes and nationalities so the fashion industry reflects life in general and we learn to acknowledge and appreciate our differences.