For fashion icon and actress Lauren Hutton’s 80th birthday

For fashion icon and actress Lauren Hutton’s 80th birthday

Here to stay – fashion icon and actress Lauren Hutton turns 80

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No one has appeared on the cover of Vogue more often than Lauren Hutton: a whopping 41 times. The American paved the way for many young women and models with her self-confidence.

Lauren Hutton was one of the most successful models of the 1970s. In the beginning, everything spoke against her modeling career: when she settled in New York in 1964, after completing her studies, she was rejected by agencies. The gap in the teeth and the slightly silvery appearance did not correspond to the beauty ideal of the time.

Young Lauren Hutton in an undated photo.

Young Lauren Hutton in an undated photo.

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Eileen Ford, the legendary owner of the modeling agency of the same name, ended up signing with Hutton. On one condition: she had to fix her nose and the gap between her teeth. Hutton agreed – but she did nothing of the sort.

Lauren Huttton on her first Vogue cover in 1966.

Lauren Huttton on her first Vogue cover in 1966.

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Early in her modeling career, she was asked to keep her lips closed during photo shoots or to wear veneers that covered the space between her teeth. Photographer Richard Avedon was the first to advise against it. Happily! Because the supposed flaw ended up becoming her trademark.

Fashion photos circa 1970. In the 1970s she was one of the most sought after and highest paid models.

She starred with Robert Redford in the 1970 film “Little Fauss and Big Halsy.”

She starred with Robert Redford in the 1970 film “Little Fauss and Big Halsy.”

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In 1970 she began a career as an actress alongside modeling. Hutton celebrated his biggest success in “American Gigolo” alongside Richard Gere. Throughout her career, she has appeared in more than 40 films and series.

Lauren Hutton with Richard Gere in the classic film “American Gigolo” (1980).

Lauren Hutton with Richard Gere in the classic film “American Gigolo” (1980).

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Lauren Hutton and Richard Gere met while filming “American Gigolo.”  Although they did not become a couple, they remained close friends.

Lauren Hutton and Richard Gere met while filming “American Gigolo.” Although they did not become a couple, they remained close friends.

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Left: Photo from 1979. Right: Lauren Hutton Takes a Smoke Break (1981).

Hutton is known for her sense of adventure. In fact, that was the reason she became a model. When she was twenty she wanted to travel to Africa. When she learned that models made $50 an hour, modeling became her dream career. She saved it – and soon after traveled to Africa.

Many other trips followed. For example, to Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. In 2000, she and fellow actors Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons were on their way to Las Vegas by motorcycle for the opening of the new Guggenheim Museum. On a curve at 160 km/h, Hutton lost control of the motorcycle and crashed heavily. She was in hospital for six months and fought her way back with patience and an iron will.

With Swiss filmmaker Daniel Schmid in Zurich.  Hutton starred in his 1982 film “Hecate.”

With Swiss filmmaker Daniel Schmid in Zurich. Hutton starred in his 1982 film “Hecate.”

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Lauren Hutton in 1990 with short hair and a cast on her leg.

Lauren Hutton in 1990 with short hair and a cast on her leg.

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In an interview with German Vogue, she said: “I called all the editors in chief at that time (in the 1980s) and said: I read your magazine and I don’t see any women in it over 30. Life is still It’s there at 30 or 40 years old, it’s not over!”

Her persistence paid off and she continued to be hired for fashion photo shoots and advertising campaigns. She became a role model for many women over 40 and paved the way for other older models.

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Left: Lauren Hutton in baseball cap and denim jacket (1990s). Right: On the cover of German “Vogue” (July/August 2023 issue). With a total of 41 Vogue covers, Hutton holds the record.

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