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My dentist (who actually has many models and celebs in his practice (Linda, Shalom, Keith Richards & his whole family) told me that he was aghast when he saw the Prada ad for fall this summer with all the gap toothed models. He said it was only a matter of time before people come in asking for that look. He was baffled, and he’s a dentist! I think that it makes them look goofy and not so perfect, which is the look these days, no? And it may also have to do with looking childlike, as we all probably had a moment in time when we were kids and our adult teeth were coming in or coming in weirdly. The gap teeth and the womanly body give off a child/woman vibe. I think that the casting agents, photographers, & stylists know exactly what they are doing using these models.
that’s pretty much standard practice, isn’t it? Once a model hits it big, start getting in younger, cheaper (in terms of day rates, I suppose) versions of her so you get her look but don’t have to pay them as much. And you can add Daphne Groeneveld to that list- she’s Tom Ford’s companion on the December issue of Vogue Paris, and wasn’t yet born when he gave Gucci its makeover.
I like quirky teeth, Lauren Hutton is forever fab in my book and if I have a reason to dislike Georgia Jagger, it’s not for her teeth but for the permanently gormless expression she has when faced with a camera. At least Lara Stone is capable of more than one facial expression…
Last season’s America’s Next Not Model featured a scene wherein a slightly gap-toothed girl was sent by Tyra to the dentist to have her gap widened–and it’s not the first time, if i remember correctly. He just shaved right in between the top teeth OH GOD.
Amusingly I remember a season of ANTM where one of them (was it Dionne?) had a gap and she said it was her thing like Madonna and Tyra forced her to get caps because she said you couldn’t be a model with gappy front teeth. I despair for humanity sometimes!
i love that look, too, but it’s like: i love kate moss’s and brigitte bardot’s similar slightly wall-eyed look, but i’m not going to have my eye sockets shaved down to achieve it personally. its beauty is because of its rarity in nature OR SOMETHING.