As a ten year-old tomboy in Florida, Lauren Hutton would get roughed up by the boys when she tried to join in baseball games. “One would sit on my chest as the others kicked and punched me; I had to bite my way out of there. Only there would be a space between the bite marks, so I’d get busted.” The memory brings on the same gap-toothed smile that betrayed the 69-year-old as a girl, blighted her early modeling career, propelled her to fame as America’s first million-dollar model in the ’70s, and earned her a place in fashion iconography.
Hutton’s smile is as mesmerizing now than it was on the record 26 Vogue covers she graced; more so, even, now we feel we know the woman behind it. That woman – sitting opposite me in an LA diner in a skirt, tee by The Row and deer-hide jacket – has been at the top of her game for just shy of half a century. She’s the “tiger queen” of the supermodels and a talented actress, starring with James Caan in The Gambler and Richard Gere in American Gigolo. She’s also a humanitarian, traveling