No one has appeared on the cover of Vogue more often than Lauren Hutton: 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 in the 70s. At the beginning everything was against the modeling career: when in 1964, after completing her studies, she settled in New York, she was rejected by the agencies. The gap between her teeth and her slightly silvery appearance did not correspond to the beauty ideal of the time.
Eileen Ford, the legendary owner of the eponymous modeling agency, eventually signed with Hutton. On one condition: fix the nose and the space between the teeth. Hutton agreed, but did nothing of the sort.
Early in her modeling career, she was asked to keep her lips closed during filming or wear veneers that covered the space between her teeth. Photographer Richard Avedon was the first to advise against it. Luckily! Because the supposed flaw eventually became her trademark.
Fashion shots around 1970. In the 70s she was one of the most sought after and best paid models.
In 1970 she began her career as an actress alongside that of a model. Hutton celebrated her biggest success in “American Gigolo” alongside Richard Gere. Over the course of her career she has appeared in over 40 films and series.
Left: Photo from 1979. Right: Lauren Hutton takes a cigarette break (1981).
Hutton is known for her sense of adventure. This was actually the reason why she became a model. When she was twenty she wanted to travel to Africa. When she learned that models earned $50 an hour, modeling became her dream career. She saved her and soon after she went to Africa.
Many more trips followed. For example in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. In 2000, she and her fellow actors Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons were on a motorcycle trip to Las Vegas for the opening of the new Guggenheim Museum. On a bend at 160km/h, Hutton lost control of her motorbike and fell heavily. She remained in hospital for six months and fought her way back with patience and an iron will.
In an interview with German “Vogue” she said: “I called all the editors-in-chief back then (in the 1980s) and said: I read your magazine and I don’t see any women over 30 in it. Life is still there to 30 or 40 unfinished ones!”
Her persistence paid off and she continued to be booked for fashion shoots and advertising campaigns. She has become a role model for many women over 40 and has paved the way for other models in later life.
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.