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YAZEMEENAH ROSSI: Secrets To Age Embracing

Yazemeenah’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 rossiYazemeenah 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.

Yazemeenah found a more welcoming and receptive audience in America.

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 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.

Yazemeenah was raised by her grandparents on the Island of Corsica and on the French mainland

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.)

…she feels an almost telepathic connection with her youngest granddaughter.

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Yazameenah with both of her granddaughters Sara, 16 and Leanne, 13.

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 whatever it might take for Yazemeenah to…”engage them in a carefree and joyous expression of their souls that will leave them an indelible impression in the hearts of these young women.”  

Yazemeenah with granddaughter who is also an aspiring model

Although her grandchildren live in Europe and Yazemeenah only sees them twice a year, she feels an almost telepathic connection with her youngest granddaughter who she believes one day may choose a lifestyle similar to her own. Though Yazemeenah lives in Malibu in a small house without a lot of material possessions, she is content.

Contrary to what some people may think about women in their 60s, Yazemeenah feels prettier today than ever before. Finding what matters most to her has skyrocketed her creativity, sensuality or lust for life. she feels like a flower whose blossoms become more beautiful with each passing year. Ironically, having shunned the traditional models’ path in NYC in the past, today, Yazameenah finds herself more commercially sought after. She is also very popular on Instagram with women in their 20s and 30s seeking advice on how to stay well as we age.

Maybe there’s a lesson here for all of us. If you stay true to your­self and follow your heart you can continue to blossom with age. Imagine aging without fear because you’ve discovered the joy of thriving by simply being you.

It’s all about “Age Embracing.” We are grateful to Yazemeenah for being such a wonderful role model for women of all ages!

Though her look is sophisticated, her wellness routine including her beauty regime is simple—reflecting her entire approach to life.


yazemeenah rossiShe uses organic oil on her face and runs grapeseed or castor oil through her silver locks. She concocts a homemade exfoliant from olive oil and fine sugar that she uses as a scrub once a week.

She shuns commercial body washes opting instead for tea tree, olive oil or other organic soaps when she bathes.

Each week she uses a dry loofah before her show  “with strong friction.”

Her weekly routine also includes a body and face scrub with a mixture of oil, fine sugar or gray sea salt. For daily use, she has a Japanese washcloth called a Salux.

She eats avocado almost every day stressing how important it is to eat a clean and nutrient-rich diet. She also says that the best thing for your skin is to eat enough healthy fats on a daily basis and to oxygenate well while exercising.

Yazemeenah believes that walking and sweating is great for your skin because it’s our biggest breathing organ.

The French stunner has been chowing down on organic food even before it became hip.



When I was 58, after raising my kids and sending them off to college, I started doing something I have been passionate about since I was little. I started to blog about fashion. My blog is FashionOverFifty.com. I have been championing the cause of getting retailers, designers, and advertisers to get over their “agism”, and start including us. I also have produced fashion shows with women over 50 as models. Please contact me at wendy.fashionoverfifty@gmail.com or join me on my Facebook page


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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