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Yazemeenah Rossi is
a model grandmother....
literally!
Y
BY WENDY PACKER

azemeenah's unconventional life could make
anyone jealous. She has led a life guided by
love, passion, and her inner sense of what is
"true in her heart." Yazemeenah was raised by her
grandparents on the Island of Corsica and on the
French mainland. At 17 she married and gave birth to
her son. Her daughter was born three years later. Her
son, now 45, is the father of Yazemeenah's granddaughters, Sara, 16, and Leanne, 13.
Yazemeenah and her first husband divorced when
she was in her 30s. She remarried 10 years later but
divorced after 15 years. She is still friends with her
second husband and today is single and happy.
In her 20s Yazemeenah was a "fitting model," which
required standing all day while designers literally
fit their fashions on her body. Not surprisingly, she
moved on from this to become a "real model," with
Ford Modeling Agency, and worked all over the world.
In 1999 she moved to the U.S., and settled in NYC.
Coming to America allowed Yazemeenah the opportunity to showcase an unusual feature: her white hair. Her
hair started going white when she was about 12 years
old and she always loved her silver threads. While this

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MARCH APRIL 2018

look wasn't appreciated in Europe, Yazemeenah found
a more welcoming and receptive audience in America.
That enabled her to stay true to herself and never dye
her hair. So along with the newfound freedom to be
herself, and the uniqueness of her gorgeous white hair,
she is now at age 62 one of the most beautiful women
and models in the world, inside and out.
Eventually, Yazemeenah moved to California, knowing she would make less money and have fewer modeling opportunities, but seeking a lifestyle that suited
her better. Her goal was never to be the most famous
or beautiful model, striving instead to become the most
beautiful version of herself.
You may wonder how one would go about doing
this? For Yazemeenah, the process required searching
- her soul, her past, her shadows, and her light. (In fact,
in 2014, Yazemeenah's searching led her to change her
name from Yasmina to Yazemeenah, which is also phonetically how it's pronounced.)
Yazemeenah has encouraged her granddaughters to
embrace who they are without fear. She showed them
how to seek the magic in every day. This could mean
dancing outside of Disney Hall in front of strangers, or

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