Mind The Gap: Supermodel Lauren Hutton's Imperfect Beauty, Then And Now

By | May 14, 2019

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Model Lauren Hutton in Vogue in 1969 wearing a Kimberly wool knit tunic and pants with multicolored dyed mink muffler. (Photo by Gianni Penati/Condé Nast via Getty Images). Hutton with Burt Reynolds in Gator 1976. Source: (IMDB.com)

Famous for her gap-toothed smile, Lauren Hutton is among the most successful models in history. In 1973, she signed a contract with Revlon that made her the highest-paid model in the world, and she appeared on the cover of Vogue a record 26 times, feats that made her one of the first supermodels. As an actress, Hutton has co-starred with Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, and James Caan, and in the '90s she hosted her own talk show.

Long before Michael Strahan turned his gapped tooth smile into a money maker, Lauren Hutton did it first. And let the record show that Lauren Hutton’s industry, fashion, is slightly more critical of looks than Strahan’s, the NFL. Hutton’s now famous uneven smile almost stopped her from working in fashion altogether. New York City fashion agents either dismissed her off hand or recommended she fix the gap in her teeth using morticians' wax.

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She worked at the Playboy Club in New York where she went from Mary Laurence Hutton to Lauren Hutton because the Playboy Club employed too many Marys. Eventually, her offbeat smile helped her become one of the original supermodels. In time, her game-changing contract became even more famous than her distinct smile.