Friday, July 11, 2014

Model Yasmine Guenancia

Yasmine Guenancia has led a full life, with a good deal of that fullness from before she even became a model.

Born Yasmine Sokal in Germany, she traveled a lot as a little girl, and she lived in India for a year to study yoga and miniature painting. She came to the United States to study at New York University, and started modeling to pay for her tuition. She quickly rose to the top of the modeling scene, and what started as a sideline became her career.

She did numerous fashion editorials and appeared on the covers of Harper's Bazaar and Redbook, among other fashion and women's magazines, as well as ads for Coty.  She was primarily represented by the Elite and Ellen Harth agencies, with a brief intermezzo at Paris Planning Women in Paris in 1983.

In 1985 Yasmine married Georges Guenancia, co-owner of the Cafe Un Deux Trois in Manhattan (so named because its address is 123 West 44th Street), and for several years she founded and ran the SoHo children's clothing store Bebe Thompson (so named because "bebe" is French for "child," and the store was on Thompson Street), as well as siring a daughter and a son.  Today, Yasmine is a real estate agent in Westchester County, New York, and even though she doesn't model anymore, she's still beautiful, as evidenced by this 2014 photo of Yasmine with fellow modeling legend (and fellow real estate agent) Kim Charlton on the left and fellow modeling legend Dawn Gallagher on the right at a models' reunion party. 

Oh yeah, this picture was taken at Cafe Un Deux Trois.  I ought to know.  I'm the one who took it. ;-) 

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