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    times that doing photographic work on the side.” She went to Eileen Ford, who signed her immediately – with the caveat that she get her nose and teeth fixed. She never got around to either, using mortician’s wax to fill in the famous gap, until Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn realized its value. “I was known as the running, jumping model,” she laughs. “I was always trekking or diving. I never lay around in high heels. Anyway, I was lucky. I was naturally slim.” These days, says Hutton, the industry “has gotten crazier and crazier” in that regard. “The girls are anorexic,” she sighs. “Before, the girls were naturally slim. Girls who were round and fulsome didn't starve themselves into the right...physique.”

    Still, some things don’t change, she grins: models are as competitive as ever. “Kate [Moss], whom I knew when she was 14, was always being made fun of by the other models. They were jealous, but I was the tiger queen, so I could crack the whip over them. When we did the Millennium Vogue cover with all the other models, Annie Leibovitz put me right in the middle of them, and when I

    heard the catty remarks at Kate, I used my mouth like a bull whip.” 

    Moss is just one of many who have emulated Hutton’s minimal, sexually ambiguous style over the years. “I got into men’s suits because I looked so bad in ruffles,” she explains. “But it’s not difficult. Fashion is about two things: coloring and proportion. Look at me: I can’t wear black, as I’m yellow all over. I can’t have horizontal lines cutting me up because I’m only 5ft 7in, and I need deep necklines to elongate me.” 

    “Silly shoes” are one of her pet hates. “I see girls in New York who can’t run in their heels. I used to live on the Bowery when it was crack city, and I’d never go out in heels unless I had done The Test: standing on one heel, whipping off the other and holding it up to someone’s head in three seconds. Girls, no matter where you are, you’ve got to be able to use that shoe as a weapon.” Another source of ire is “hoe wear”. “I see clothes on billboards that I’d never wear at any age. They’re provocative and vulgar. A lot of fashion starts with prostitutes: the idea is you’ve

    “Kate Moss was being made fun of by the other models... but I was the TIGER QUEEN and used my mouth like a BULL WHIP”

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