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  • Jacket by Rag & Bone; vest by J.Crew; jeans by Rag & Bone JEAN; sneakers by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

    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

    to Africa and Papua New Guinea to eat termites with Pygmies.

    But it’s Hutton’s womanly qualities that have consolidated her global appeal: her refusal to conform, lack of vanity and sisterly warmth in one of the least sisterly industries there is. She’s a lover of life, a defender of women and unapologetic when it comes to committing the greatest fashion crime of all: getting old.

    “A lot of the time, fashion is angry,” she rasps. “It’s f***ed up mother f***ers. Guys p***ed off that they’re not women. But that’s why you have to use fashion to do what you want – and not be bossed around by it.”

    The industry wasn’t as vicious when Hutton – a house model for Christian Dior – started out in 1964. “I made $62 an hour, and found out that another girl was making three

    “I was KNOWN as the RUNNING, jumping model. I was always trekking... I NEVER lay around in high HEELS”

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