No one has appeared on the cover of Vogue more often than Lauren Hutton: a whopping 41 times. The American has paved the way for many young women and models with her self-confidence.
Lauren Hutton was one of the most successful models in the 1970s. At first, everything spoke against a modeling career: when she settled in New York in 1964 after finishing her studies, she was rejected by agencies. The space 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 modeling agency of the same name, eventually hired Hutton. On one condition: that they fix his nose and the space between his teeth. Hutton agreed, but she did nothing of the sort.
At the beginning of her modeling career, she was asked to keep her lips closed during photo shoots or wear veneers that covered the space between her teeth. Photographer Richard Avedon was the first to advise against it. Fortunately! Because her supposed flaw eventually became her trademark.
Fashion photographs circa 1970. In the 1970s she was one of the most sought-after and highest-paid models.
In 1970 she began a career as an actress in addition to modeling. Hutton celebrated her biggest success in “American Gigolo” alongside Richard Gere. Throughout her career, she appeared in more than 40 films and series.
Left: Photo from 1979. Good: Lauren Hutton Takes a Smoke Break (1981).
Hutton is known for her sense of adventure. This was actually the reason she became a model. When she was twenty years old she wanted to travel to Africa. When she heard that models earned $50 an hour, modeling became her dream career. She saved up and soon after traveled to Africa.
Many more trips followed. For example to Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. In 2000, she and her fellow actors Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons were heading by motorcycle to Las Vegas for the opening of the new Guggenheim Museum. On a curve at 160 km/h, Hutton lost control of her motorcycle and fell heavily. She was in the hospital for six months and fought her way back with patience and iron will.
In an interview with German Vogue magazine, she said: “I called all the editors-in-chief back then (in the ’80s) and told them: I read your magazine and I don’t see any women over 30 in it. Life is Still there at 30 or 40 it’s not over!”
Her perseverance paid off and she continued to be hired for fashion shoots and advertising campaigns. She became a role model for many women over 40 and paved the way for other older models.
Left: Lauren Hutton in baseball cap and denim jacket (1990s). Good: On the cover of the German “Vogue” (July/August 2023 edition). With a total of 41 versions of “Vogue,” Hutton holds the record.