In any fashion lover’s life, the first Vogue encounter is always a cherished moment. Most will recall leafing through their mother’s copy of the fashion Bible, taking note of the glamorous world that existed beyond their bedroom, full of elegant evening dresses, rich jewels and exotic locales. In the case of iconic Vogue cover girl, Lauren Hutton though, the memory runs deeper than that.
In a recent Vogue feature, the legendary supermodel shares a heartwarming tale of her earliest memories with the glossy and what first spurred her on the path to modeling stardom. Similar to our own memories, Lauren recalls watching her mother leave for work with a copy of Vogue rolled under her arm, taking note of the undying confidence she possessed in strutting the streets with her favorite magazine. It wasn’t until she was already working in front of the lens for famed photographers Irving Penn and Richard Avedon however, that she discovered her innate talent for modeling, something she believes she inherited from both her father, whom she had never met, and her mother.
“Years ago Dick [Avedon] and I were in Paris; in those days, the collections were shown all day to editors and grandes dames, and the magazines would shoot all night,” says Lauren in an except from Vogue. “We’d been working for three days and nights, and being the only model, I was bone tired and at one point fell asleep on the studio sofa between shots. I woke still in position with Dick shaking me, saying, “Lauren, look at you—you’re sleeping in a pose!” “This is the way I’ve always slept,” I said. “But why?” Dick asked
With his letters, my father would include pictures he’d drawn for Stars and Stripes, all those forties poster girls, Rita Hayworth– and Betty Grable–style, and as a child I thought that if I looked like them, if I slept by the front window, he would come and pull the screen from outside and take me away. From a very early age I’d learned to sleep in imitation of his covers—elbows out, my hands curled at my ears or one hand at my ear, one down by my hip. As Dick [Avedon] pulled all these answers out of me for the first time, in the dark of the studio, with the hairdresser and the crew waiting outside, he sat next to me and patted my arm; he was wonderful, a great reporter—he always got the story behind the picture. And I was crying and he was laughing; his laughter was delighted because we both knew how important this was. “You were born to do this!” he said.”
The piece is touching and charming to say the least, providing an intimate look inside one of Vogue’s most influential cover stars. See the full story, as well a stories from other fashion tastemakers like Gucci Westman and Anthony Vaccarello, at Vogue.