Jasmina von Leeds - Marlene Dietrich

Monika: What do you like most about Marlene Dietrich?
Jasmina: There is a lot. She is German like me and she was the first German worldwide star. Then she was very beautiful. I like her face and bone structure. When I was young I was very impressed by her, especially to see what Hollywood has make out of her. The funny thing is she wasn't a good actress in my opinion but she looked always amazing in her movies. She also said that she made movies just for money and looking good.

Monika: Which movies with Marlene Dietrich do you admire most?
Jasmina: Devil is a Woman, Stage Fright, The Blue Angel, Desire...
Monika: She once said, "I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men." What do you think about her approach?
Jasmina: It's like me. I also do it just for myself, in my opinion. But of course I enjoy when people like my looks.

Monika: Which particular dresses or stage outfits of Marlene do you cherish most?
Jasmina: Of course the glamorous Hollywood dresses in her movies and the sparkly dress which she was wearing during her stage shows in the 60's and the swan cape.

Monika: She said, “Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.” Do you agree with her?
Jasmina: I think that's a good answer which we can use for all parts of our bodies.

Monika: She was a fashion icon to the top designers as well as a screen icon that later stars would follow. Is there any actress these days that could be compared to Marlene Dietrich?
Jasmina: No, I would say that the movie stars of today are different. The old movies stars are unique; it was a very special time. But I would love to see Gwen Stefani playing her in a movie. I don't know why but for me she has the most Marlene like face.

All the photos: courtesy of Jasmina von Leeds.
© 2013 - Monika Kowalska

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