Lauren Hutton

updated 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Doo-woppers may ask who wrote the book of love, but we know who rewrote the book of beauty: Lauren Hutton. She still has that gap between her front teeth and a visage that shouldn't work. "Her nose flies west, her mouth flies north," Vogue once said of the face that has graced its cover a record 24 times. Now, after some years away from the still camera—and a movie career that fizzled—Hutton, 49, is back in fashion. Thanks in part to advertising's cautious acceptance of older models, she poses for J. Crew and even hit the runway for Calvin Klein earlier this month, about which The New York Times noted she looked "just as good as the current flock of fledglings." Manhattan-based Hutton, who has worked for New York City's Commission on the Status of Women, is also spreading the message of feminism. "We're demanding to be seen as who we are, not as 13-year-old Barbie dolls," she says. "That fantasy won't work with my generation." Camille Paglia, author and gender provocateur, sees her friend as, well, a model model: "She reminds me of Katharine Hepburn. She's very self-defined, she never seeks approval. That's tremendously appealing." As for the future, the single Hutton smiles widely when she says, "I plan to be a toothsome 80-year-old."

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