The beautiful Lauren Hutton turned 70 yesterday and we are floored by just how damn beautiful she still is. And not in that "you look so good for your age:" kind of way, but in the damn girl you are still smoking kind of way! Born Mary Laurence Hutton in 1943 in Charleston, Lauren went from humble beginnings to becoming not only a super model but one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. She appeared on the cover of American Vogue a record 26 times and was known as "the fresh American face of fashion". She modeled right through to the age of 40 and then took a ten year break but was back at it at 50. She started a cosmetic line in her 50s and posed nude at the age of 61, saying "I want them (women) not to be ashamed of who they are when they're in bed". She is an actress and a motorcycle nut. In fact she got into a serious accident in October of 2000, when at the age of 56 she lost control on a curve during a 100mile ride. She skidded about 100 feet (30 m) and then went airborne, ultimately suffering multiple leg and arm fractures, broken ribs, a punctured lung, cuts, and bruises. She does more as she ages then most women do in their twenties. Some of our favorite quotes from her are:
"We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be. I don't think I will ever cut my face, because once I cut it, I'll never know where I've been."
"People say you're flirting with death but really you're flirting with life."
"I became a model to see the world, to make enough money to travel and experience other cultures....I knew I had to get to New York to get to Africa."
She is not just an icon - she is one of our hero(ines).
We love you Lauren and we also love these ten style lessons from her:
Lesson 1: Make it look effortless.
"You never want to look like you've spent too much time getting dressed."
Lesson 2: It doesn't have to be perfect.
"It's better to look as if you've just thrown something on rather than prissed everything up. I like when things are slightly off-kilter, asymmetrical and a little messed up."
Lesson 3: Opposites attract.
"I like mixing expensive with inexpensive. And I like easy things that don't normally go together, like a simple men's thermal with sequined track pants. Put them together in a smart way and it feels very fresh."
Lesson 4: Know yourself.
"Get to know your proportions. One of the secrets to figuring out your proportions is to really listen when people pay you a compliment, especially if you're getting the same compliments over and over. If someone says something looks good on you, look in the mirror and take note. There's a reason."
Lesson 5: Be comfortable.
"It's massively important for me to feel comfortable in what I'm wearing. It just makes me feel better, then my face looks better. When you show the world your best face and your best self, you quite often get that back."
Lesson 6: Don't be afraid to try new things.
"Developing your very best personal style -- and that includes figuring out what works for your body type -- involves a lot of trial and error. Youth is for trying absolutely everything. Usually by 50, you have some idea of what works for you because you've had some practice, but on the other hand, that doesn't mean you should stop trying new things. I almost never wear tights, but it's worth giving it another go."
Lesson 7: Have an open mind.
"I shop every department. I cruise the women's, men's and kids' departments. The kids section always has the funny, whimsical things that make me laugh..."
Lesson 8: It doesn't matter where you shop.
"I want to wear whatever looks good on me, no matter where it comes from."
Lesson 9: Take chances.
"Don't shy away from color, be sure to learn what works best with your skin tone. I love combining unusual colors. I like these orange and blue hues together because they are more or less the same intensity -- one hue is not stridently stronger or too much paler."
Lesson 10: Make the most out of what works for you.
"Fashion is what you're offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion... It's what you make of it once you've learned what to accept and ignore based on what best suits you."
We hope where ever you are in the world and whatever adventure you are having that you are off to a bang for number 70!