November 05, 2014 02:00 PM

We know Lauren Hutton as one of the most distinctive faces in the modeling industry — let’s remember she secured the title of “lovable gap-toothed model” long before Georgia May Jagger — and now, in a new interview (by fellow ’60s supermodel Anjelica Huston), the legendary star opens up about how the modeling world has changed.

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Gracing the latest cover of The Violet Files, Hutton, 70, pulls from her impressive vault of early modeling memories, like her first time meeting Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief, Diana Vreeland: “It was like being in this princess fairy tale.” And then there was the time she danced to “Mustang Sally” while modeling for the late famed photographer Richard Avedon, “He played [the song] about 20 times in a row.”

She also reflects on how the industry has changed, saying, she “doesn’t see how young kids do it.”

“There are all these people on the set, and you’ve got to really unzip your mental fly and expose yourself in front of a bunch of strangers,” she adds. “It’s very anti-intimacy, which is what a great picture should be about — a very intimate look into someone’s soul.”

For her, capturing intimate photos is all about reflecting on “rich, emotional adventures.”

“I would look in the camera and think about them and relive them,” she says. “And you’d see that all across my face.”

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And judging by her Violet Files photo spread, we’d say the veteran is still one deep thinker. Posing in oversize shades and stunning clothes from Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, she channels one impeccably sophisticated, Upper East Side New Yorker.

As for her favorite thing about today’s modeling world? Hutton only has three words: “Well, Daria Werbowy.”

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Hutton also shared some insight on aging, admitting that she never used sunscreen, which she “sort of” regrets depending on “what kind of light I’m looking at myself in.”

“I think it was because I was always coming from three months of modeling, and when I’d get free, I’d be on a plane the next day and didn’t want to touch anything,” she explained. “I didn’t take makeup, I didn’t take a mirror and I certainly didn’t take sunscreen.”

But she does have a skin secret weapon. “I’ve been slathering myself in coconut oil since I was about 22,” she shares.


What do you think of Hutton’s outlook on the modeling industry? Share your thoughts below.

–Colleen Kratofil

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