If anyone deserves the honorific of “icon,” it is model/actress Lauren Hutton. She also swears like a truck driver and is super opinionated. What’s not to love?
The 69-year-old model is featured in this week’s issue of Net-a-Porter’s magazine The Edit, and she sounds off on everything from protecting Kate Moss from other meanie super models to using her shoe as a weapon.
The fashion industry catapulted Hutton to fame, but she makes no bones about her irritation with it. “A lot of the time, fashion is angry. It’s f***ed up mother f***ers,” Hutton told The Edit. “Guys pissed off that they’re not women. But that’s why you have to use fashion to do what you want–and not be bossed around by it.”
We can’t really imagine anyone bossing Hutton around. And god help you if you try to do it and she’s wearing high heels. “I used to live on the Bowery when it was crack city, and I’d never go out in heels unless I had done The Test: standing on one heel, whipping off the other and holding it up to someone’s head in three seconds,” she said. “Girls, no matter where you are, you’ve got to be able to use that shoe as a weapon.”
Her voice is apparently also a potent weapon. She said that during the famous Annie Leibovitz-lensed millennium cover shoot for Vogue, she had to stand up for Kate Moss, who was the subject of some model snark. “Kate [Moss], whom I knew when she was 14, was always being made fun of by the other models. They were jealous, but I was the tiger queen, so I could crack the whip over them,” Hutton said. “When we did the Millennium Vogue cover with all the other models, Annie Leibovitz put me right in the middle of them, and when I heard the catty remarks at Kate, I used my mouth like a bull whip.”
Check out the full interview for more of Hutton’s refreshingly candid musings.