Who knew imperfection could make you the envy of women around the world? For Lauren Hutton, it didn’t stand in the way of her success as a model.
Born in South Carolina as Mary Laurence Hutton, her parents divorced and her mother remarried, with the young girl then known as Mary Hall growing up in Tampa, Florida.
Moving with DJ/boyfriend Pat Chambers to New York City in the 1960s, Hall worked at The Playboy Club and then moved to New Orleans with him and attended Tulane University and received her bachelor degree.
Splitting with Chambers, and changing her name to Lauren Hutton, this 20-something moved back to New York City to go after the modelling world.
With all-American good looks of blue/green eyes and blonde hair, the willowy Hutton had one major flaw – a gap between her front teeth. Consequently covering it up for photos, she became a favourite and started gracing the covers of women’s magazines regularly and revealing her real smile.
Fashion designer Halston proclaimed Hutton “the greatest mannequin in history” and in 1974, she was the first model to receive a million dollar contract – and became the face of Revlon Cosmetics.
As a favourite of American Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Hutton graced the cover of the magazine over 25 times, a record. Another fave to work with her was fashion photographer Richard Avedon, who even made short films with the engaging Hutton.
During the 1970s, Hutton started acting, making appearances in The Gambler with James Caan in (1974) and Someone’s Watching Me! (1978), a tv movie directed by John Carpenter. At the end of the decade she was cast in American Gigolo (1980) with Richard Gere.
Her uniqueness made her a cover favourite and a successful woman who happily relied on her looks to get her to the top of the heap in the 1970s and in consequent decades.