Lauren Hutton: ageless style

In a 1973 profile, Harper’s Bazaar observed: “Lauren 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.” Lauren Hutton learned from a young age to turn her flaws into strengths. She took the modelling world by storm in the late 60s with her naturalness and vivacity and became Richard Avedon’s best model, as he himself stated.

With her radiant beauty and athletic body she exuded confidence and health. It’s obvious that Lauren felt good in her own skin. She still does. Develop your own style and flaunt it. That’s her philosophy. “I shop every department. I cruise the women’s, men’s, and kids’s department. The kids’s section always has the funny, whimsical things that make me laugh.” Her words made me smile, because I do that too.

It’s Lauren Hutton I like to think of when I think of American beauty. Diana Vreeland proclaimed her “the best of America”. Genuine smile that’s infectious, undone elegance, and, most importantly, embracing age with grace and maturity. It’s what sets her apart from the overdone American woman that’s taken over the beauty standards of today. “We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.”

At 64, she was the face of Mango’s and Lord and Taylor’s fall ad campaigns. At 65, she appeared in The Row’s ad campaign. At 66, she modelled for her friend Tom Ford’s Womenswear SS 2010 show and she appeared in and styled the J. Crew catalogue. This month on Saturday, Lauren Hutton turns 69 and she is on the cover of the November issue of Vogue Paris. She truly is fabulous at every age.

photos: 1,9-Ioulex for The Block Magazine / 2-The Sartorialist / / 4-Benoît Peverelli for the December 2005/January 2006 issue of Vogue Paris, / 5-The Sartorialist / 6-Vogue, 1972 / 7-Arthur Elgort / 8-Tom Ford for the December 2010 / January 2011 issue of Vogue Paris,

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