She was models and biggest names of the 1970s. Lauren Hutton has appeared on the cover of Vogue 40 times, including 27 American editions. Just weeks before her 74th birthday, Hutton appeared all three covers of Vogue Italia’s Autumn Timeless Issue, the magazine’s first issue dedicated to women over 60-years-old.
Shortly after she began her modeling, Hutton revolutionized the industry as the first model to demand a contract and better pay. Then, at 73-years-old, she walked the runway at Milan Fashion Week and taking over from Kendall Jenner as Calvin Klein’s resident underwear model.
Of all her Vogue covers, she said that the Italia Vogue issue was:
“…the most important because it’s the one that’s made me feel the most useful.”
A Southern girl, Hutton relocated to NYC when she was 20-years-old in hopes of becoming a model. She was initially dismissed by agents becsuse of the signature gap in her teeth. Still, Hutton found work and signed a modeling contract with Revlon in 1973. At the time was the biggest contract in the history of the modeling business.
Hutton has also worked as an actor, making her film debut in the sports drama Paper Lion (1968), opposite Alan Alda. She played lead roles in The Gambler (1974) and American Gigolo (1980), and Robert Altman’s A Wedding (1978), and appeared on television in the series Paper Dolls (1984), the nighttime soap opera Central Park West (1994), and Nip/Tuck (2007).
In her 70s, she has appeared in campaigns for H&M, Lord & Taylor, and Alexander Wang, and walked runway for Tom Ford’s spring 2012 collection, and for Bottega Veneta at the 2016 New York Fashion Week.
Hutton was involved in a 27-year-long romantic relationship with her manager Bob Williamson, who died in 1997. After his passing, Hutton discovered that Williamson had stolen $13 million of her money.
In 1999, I attended the opening of an exhibit of photographs by Pete Beard, the artist, photographer, diarist and writer who lives and works in NYC and Kenya. This show was of photographs of Africa, African animals and the journals that often integrate his photographs, Hutton was in about half of the pictures, and studying one close up, I turned to The Husband and declared: “I would switch for Lauren Hutton”, tuned around to find myself nose-to-nose with the famous model who arched an eyebrow at me as she walked away. I turned to see her one more time just as she turned to look at me.