Homage to Lauren Hutton
You couldn't open a women's magazine in the 60s and 70s without seeing Lauren Hutton gracing the pages. Lauren was the original gap-toothed girl, long before it became fashionable in the late 00s and this decade, but you would not have know because she rarely smiled to show her teeth or filled the gap with mortician's wax. It would take several decades before this unique feature would be popular. But this did not stop her from having a hugely successful modeling career. She was everywhere! Besides modeling in editorial fashion spreads, she was the model for perfume, feminine product, lingerie, makeup, crafting product (like RIT Dye) and shoe ads, and much more — even One Hour Martinizing!
This Sunday, November 17th, Lauren Hutton turns 70 so I decided to create a post honoring her and the contribution she made to modeling — inspiring no doubt thousands of women throughout her career with her beauty, joie de vivre and her ability to "cut loose". Happy Birthday, Lauren!
If you look closely in the photo below you can just barely see her gap. She did fill the gap at certain times in her modeling career, but like many before and after her with this trait (e.g. Madonna, David Letterman, Georgia May Jagger) she left the wax behind — going more au natural and embracing her beauty quirk.
The gorgeous photo below (from an earlier post) is from the January 1967 issue of Vogue.
“Lauren is anything but a classical beauty. Her nose flies west, her mouth flies north, she can cross her left eye at will. She made herself beautiful by learning, watching, willing—not by surgically altering her defects.” Harper's Bazaar observations, 1973 profile on Hutton
(Ads and fashion spreads from various '60s and '70s magazines in my personal collection.)