Six decades into her modeling career, Lauren Hutton is still as stunning as ever.
The 78-year-old style star covers Harper’s Bazaar’s May 2022 Beauty Issue, posing topless with an open Gucci blazer draped over her shoulders and her hands crossed over her chest.
In an accompanying essay, the gap-toothed beauty opens up about her experience in the fashion industry, the dangers of overzealous plastic surgery and her simple skincare regimen.
Upon moving to New York in the 1960s to jump-start her career, Hutton said she “got a job modeling for Christian Dior for $50 a week,” but was stunned by how short her peers’ careers seemed to be.
“I was about to become 30, and I knew I was about to expire, and wanted to protect myself with a contract that would guarantee I kept working for years to come,” she said.
“So I got a contract with Revlon. At the time, it was the biggest one in modeling history.”
A decade and a half later, Hutton was still working — and refused to fight the natural aging process for the sake of her job.
“I started shooting with Steven Meisel, and I told him, ‘I’m not going to try and look younger,’ and he said, ‘I love that. That’s why I am working with you,’” she recalled of one conversation on set.
Of cosmetic procedures, she added, “There’s a real thin line you tread. There are people who I find hard to look at today. Their faces don’t look like the people I once knew.”
Hutton keeps her skincare routine simple — “I’m usually in a rush to get to bed and make love or read,” she quipped — and prefers to simply wash her face with soap and water.
“It’s horrifying,” she joked.
The “American Gigolo” actress then applies StriVectin S.T.A.R. Light Retinol Night Oil ($99) and aloe from her own plant, which she puts “all over [her] face and décolletage.”
And to keep her famous blond curls from getting “dry and nasty,” she reaches for Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed Castor Oil ($26).
“I’m happy to still be modeling … But it’s embarrassing to pose in front of a camera,” Hutton admitted. “You feel strange. You become self-conscious. Modeling is like playing the violin: You have to practice every day.”
Fortunately, the fashion icon has a trick to getting the perfect shot: “Now when I look at the camera, I’ve learned to picture my lover’s face, my godkids’ faces, my friends’ — whoever I need in there.”