Lauren Hutton’s biography plays out a little bit like a Disney fairytale. She was born in 1943 in Southern Carolina and grew up in a swamp in Florida, a tomboy by the name of Mary Laurence Hutton. After completing university, she moved to New York City to work as a cocktail waitress. There, she started going by Lauren, a deviation of her middle name to set her apart from all the other Mary’s that she worked with. It wasn’t long before she was discovered by Ford models and was photographed for her first Vogue cover in November, 1966.
The fashion industry took interest in Hutton’s all-American girl look, an angle that they played up in fashion shoots. While most models were dressed up with super glamorous makeup, Hutton’s face was left almost natural, and her imperfect teeth became her biggest trademark.
Hutton was considered one of the worlds first supermodels, not only because of the staggering amount of work she got (including a record 27 Vogue covers, with 24 of those being on American Vogue) but also because she changed the way models worked in ad campaigns.
After seeing the way athletes had official contracts with companies to advertise products, she successfully negotiated with Revlon Cosmetics the first modelling contract to become an official spokesperson for the product.
Hutton also made a name for herself as an actress, starring in popular movies throughout the seventies and eighties, including American Gigolo and Paper Lions. Most recently, she had a guest stint on the TV show Nip/Tuck.
In an industry where most women retire at age twenty five, Hutton has found modelling success well into her sixties. On top of starting her own cosmetics company designed for women over forty, she also posed nude for Big magazine at the age of 61, and was recently the face for The Row (designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen). From the swamps to stardom, Lauren Hutton has remained the same all-natural gap toothed beauty throughout.
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