Gap Teeth Love

I don’t know why a gap between the front teeth is so endearing, but I assume it’s something to do with evoking babies. I can’t resist a gap-toothed smile.   It’s only fair that Johnny Depp got the gappest-toothed woman in the world.

My BFF has a gap, and I’d ask my dentist to give me one if I thought he’d cooperate.

Is Brigitte Bardot the modern prototype, or was there someone before her?? (The Wife of Bath doesn’t count.)

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47 Responses to “Gap Teeth Love”

  1. Kate Says:

    I’m pretty sure there’s a Victorian heroine – maybe Becky Sharp? You’ve piqued the English Lit major in me – I can vaguely recollect someone. This will bug me for weeks, Sister Wolf.

  2. Natalie / Fashion Intel Says:

    I cream over gapped teeth. My two favorites are Belladonna (xxx star) and Anthony Mackie. Now wouldn’t that be a nice sandwich?

    Oh yes, and Lara Stone.

  3. Eliza Says:

    The second best part of a gap: squirting water through your front teeth.

  4. Sister Wolf Says:

    Kate – FIND OUT!!!!

    Natalie – Lara Stone is a fucking goddess, just like Abby Lee. I never get tired of looking at them.

    Eliza – Stop it, I’m already jealous!

  5. Dru Says:

    I love slightly wonky teeth, including gapped ones (that might explain my adoration of Kirsten Dunst and also of my ex-roomie, who had crooked teeth much like hers).

    I’m completely with Natalie on the Lara Stone front. Lady is absolutely divine. Georgia Jagger, though, the gap is the only thing that saves her face from being boring.

  6. Sister Wolf Says:

    Dru – Snaggle teeth ARE good, I’m thinking of Patricia Arquette…and I could live without Georgia Jagger. But not without Lara.

  7. Dru Says:

    Also: Lauren Hutton should most definitely be in that lineup. As should Jane Birkin (despite your dislike of her youngest kid- I actually like Lou’s horsey teeth) and Sookie from True Blood.

  8. Dru Says:

    I’m also thinking of the Lisbon sisters in The Virgin Suicides book/movie (both of which I loved long before Sofia Coppola made Lost In Translation)- they were all supposed to be crooked of tooth, but in the movie only Lux was.

  9. Make Do Style Says:

    I was mortified when my gap closed – it was never very big but for a while I had one!It was my teenage trademark. I suffer with gap tooth envy. Love Lara, Lauren and Vanessa!

  10. dexter vandango Says:

    Way way back in high school we boys assured each other that gap toothed girls were likely to be nymphomaniacs.. as if that little hole could somehow be extra accommodating?!?

  11. Sister Wolf Says:

    dexter – You mean, so you could stick your tiny thing in there?!?!? Oh dear!

  12. dexter vandango Says:

    I suspect it was unconscious association.. like Asians believing Rhino horn provides potency because of a resemblance..?

    But generally speaking.. you know us boys.. we’ll put our pee pees in your ear if you let us.. Oh, to be a depraved youth again!

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  14. Ann Says:

    I LOVE a gap-tooth smile. You can’t help but smile back at someone with one. Lauren Hutton and your BFF are always the ones who immediately come to mind. I don’t like overbites, though. I have yet to see anyone able to pull that off without looking like a horse (think Mackenzie Philips and that awful Lou Doillon).

  15. Sofia Says:

    I have a gap-ish, but it’s irritating because my teeth join at the bottom, so EVERYTHING gets stuck. I can’t eat anything with small bits on first dates.

  16. That's Not My Age Says:

    Oh I like gapped/wonky teeth – probably because mine are like Stonehenge!

  17. Backspace Says:

    @Sofia: same here! I have that kinda teeth as yours and whenever small bits of foods slipped into my crooked teeth then hard time haha

  18. Morgan Says:

    When I was 13 I really wanted braces and there was nothing wrong with my teeth except my gap which I hated. My mom tried to convince me that I should like the gap, she even made me watch Gap Toothed Women to try to show me there were lots of amazing, beautiful women with gaps, but I would hear none of it, and I got the braces. Now years later I not only have gap tooth envy, but also regret for not listening to my mother in the first place.

  19. Maggie Says:

    Madonna?

  20. Braindance Says:

    My daughter had one for a little while, but they grew close together again, she looked so divine with her long black hippy hair and gap
    Sister, my daughters knickname for the years 6-8 was snaggletooth!
    I have never heard anybody else use the expression.

  21. Iron Chic Says:

    I like that Georgia May! I’ve been ranting about my dislike for porcelain veneers for ages. And tooth whiteners…why do people want such perfect pearly teeth?!
    I don’t live in no soap opera.

  22. rebecca Says:

    I love little imperfections in people in general. I think it’s precisely those imperfections that makes us all look interesting, and therefore more beautiful. When that Ashleee Simpson girl changed her nose, well, I don’t think I’d recognise her in a line up now. She just looks like every other button-nosed woman you see wandering around in LA. I love a big nose, or a bent nose, or a gap- tooth or a snag-tooth, or any of these things that the people who have them probably hate. I’m not sure though, SW, if I’d go out of my way to have a gap put in. It must obviously be because perfection gets tiresome after a while?

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  24. Elena Says:

    Gap teeth and sleepy eyes are my two lady fetishes… Why are they so adorable??

  25. Dru Says:

    Noses are definitely another major ‘imperfection’ when they’re big or anything other than either cute and button-like, or straight with maybe a little turn up at the tip- among the very few celebs who do not have that kind of nose are Meryl Streep and Anjelica Huston. Statement noses are practically outlawed on the under-45 set, it seems.

    I do love Lady Gaga for keeping hers the way it turned out naturally despite admitting to considering a nose job once. Same with Isabella Blow, who considered herself ugly but whose appearance is probably far more memorable than any of the pretty society women she featured in the pages of Tatler.

  26. Dru Says:

    Apologies for threadjacking this into a paean in praise of the jolie laide, Sister!

  27. Dru Says:

    Elena- I have the damn sleepy eyes. They are not fun when you look like Droopy Dog and get frequently asked why you aren’t paying attention in class (even if you actually are- arrrgh!)

  28. Trashforce Says:

    Dru – I think if Gaga were to have a nose job, it would be her second, if you look at her earliest publicity shots, which pop up on her fansites etc:

    http://joeljamescomedy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/what-lady-gaga-really-looks-like-20206-1232337767-4.jpg

  29. Stella Mayfair Says:

    i absolutely adore vanessa paradis! she’s the only one who deserves the sex god that is johnny depp. they are my fav celebrity couple

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  32. Dru Says:

    Trashforce- I’m not sure, honestly. High-school pics of her (looked them up after you posted) show her with much the same nose as the one she has now, same shape, size and all. Maybe part of the reason why it looks so different now is her weight loss between then and now- or it’s so subtle that I can’t spot it. Still, good on her for keeping a statement nose.

  33. TheShoeGirl Says:

    So cute! Why does Madonna hide hers??

  34. TheShoeGirl Says:

    P.S. I love how that guy in the video calls out Lauren Hutton for Once Bitten… cheesiest movie with Jim Carey. I thought my sister and I were the only people that saw that movie. haha

  35. Nat Says:

    I adore Lara Stone. I was driving my brother and his girlfriend in my car, and he was looking at some of the paper perfume/ads I had. He was disgusted by one of the models on one of them because of her face and gap in her teeth. After I dropped them off, I picked it up and realized it was Lara Stone. I didn’t get a chance to tell him that she’s my favorite model, and I love the gap in her teeth. Beauty in fashion is much different than real-world fashion.

  36. Nat Says:

    Oops, I meant beauty in the real world, not “real-world fashion”.

  37. hoochiegucci Says:

    Yeah sister…thanks for using such a hideous pic of me!!!!

  38. Ann Says:

    That video is creepy

  39. theresa Says:

    YES! I love this post!
    I had braces and after 4 years of nightly retainer wear, I gave up and welcomed the return of the gap. my mom was pissed.

    but now I can squirt water 14 feet, so im happy with it.

  40. Aja Says:

    I never had a gap but I have a slight crooked front tooth. It’s grown on me over the years and now I realize even if I had all the money in the world, I would never fix it. It’s as much as a part of me as anything else is.

  41. dust Says:

    Some idiot Eastern European dentist removed my gap a couple of years ago, bastard. My squiring days are over….

  42. dexter vandango Says:

    Terry-Thomas put a hyphen in his name to celebrate his gap.

    Madonna should have called herself Mad-O-nna in tribute to at least one of her orifices..

  43. Kate Says:

    I’m desperately trying oh Sister Wolf. With the precedent of the Wife of Bath (and hence the sexual availability that the gap *signifies*) I now think it is Tess or Anna Karenina who are the most likely candidates – I’m speed-re-reading Tess at the moment to see if I’m correct. Anyone game to do Anna Karenina for the good of those who care? I have a 900 page report to read at the same time . . . .

  44. amit-tg Says:

    All these people who are praising the gap actually are miserable, but refuse to admit it. Teeth Gaps look pathetic and destroy a person’s looks completely. Even the most beautiful/handsome people look horrible the moment they open their mouths and show their gaps. Gaps are unhealthy too, as food gets stuck and they require constant flossing too. I somehow find the gapped look groutesque. Mercifully, I don’t have any gaps. Thank god! To all those people who have gaps – please get braces. You have no right to torture people with your gapped looks. It is an imperfection that you do not have to live with. The dentist can help you to get that lovely smile.

  45. Olivia Says:

    I have a gap and I honestly hate it. My mother always told me that a lot of beautiful people have gaps and I should be proud of it because it makes me unique. But it’s hard, society these days are harsh, everyone gets judged by their imperfections by someone and it’s hurtful. I’m very self-conscious of my gap, it’s so bad that I barely even smile anymore because I’m afraid of being judged for my gap and not for me…

  46. jamie Says:

    i totally agree with you olivia i hate my gap to but my mom said even if i do get braces she dosnt want my gap to be closed…but its history soon as i get the money or chance to close it…lol

  47. sara Says:

    @Dexter- hahaha, I have never heard that one, but maybe now I know what is behind random men stopping me and telling me they like my gap

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