Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Lauren Hutton: All American Woman

My love for Lauren Hutton was originally borne out of the modelling campaign she did for Olsen Brand The Row in 2008 and has continued to grow ever since. Born in 1943, she is revolutionary in both her adherence to her generations values and in her ability to transcend them, as seen in her lifelong campaign against patriarchy. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue 41 times and walked the runway for Calvin Klein in her fifties, despite her refusal to fill the distinctive gap between her front teeth;the antithesis to the ethereal model. As Harper's Bazaar notes in their 1973 profile on her, she "is anything but a classical beauty. Her nose flies west, her mouth flies north, she can cross her left eye at will. She made herself beautiful by learning, watching, willing—not by surgically altering her defects.” Her beauty emanates and perhaps what is most appealing about it is that it is somehow learned, rather than inherited: "whenever I came back from Africa or the Antarctic, head swelling with the beauty of it all, I found I was loving life again. You look different because of everything that has gone on inside of you ..."

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