Granted the kind of looks that would have been called “All-American beauty” (when the term was defined strictly as white and blonde), Lauren Hutton transcended the Cheryls and Christies of her generation by having a rare quality that almost any model would kill for: A Mona Lisa-like face that gives you the hint of a smile when she’s not actually smiling; a quality that lent her mainstream good looks an air of mystery: a face that beamed out over countless covers and advertisements, looking for all the world like she just learned a secret about you. She made her first appearance on the cover of Vogue in the late sixties and in the decades since, graced 25 more covers of the world’s leading fashion magazine. In 1973, she landed the first million-dollar contract for a model when she signed with Revlon. She was known and lauded for keeping the gap in her front teeth (something that even today would be considered notable for a high-end model) and a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward the world of fashion, coming off as someone a bit too cool and a bit too smart to get caught up in anything frivolous or exploitive. Confident, savvy, elegant and rebellious, she deserves every bit of her status as a legend and a game-changer.
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