OMG, I could just DIE! Mom and Dad just took me to the dentist, and even though he said he could put a bridge in...they decided to just leave the gap in my teeth. The HUGE, ugly gap that's so ginormous I can stick one of those big McDonald's milkshake straws in it. Seriously, like, I bet Mom's just being tight, or maybe this is part of Dad's diabolical scheme to prevent me from dating until I'm like, super-old... like, 20! ARGH.
***flash forward 12 years***
W Magazine "Mind The Gap"
Vancouver Sun "Gap teeth the latest beauty trend"
|Georgia Mae Jagger is the face of campaigns for Rimmel cosmetics, Versace, and Hudson Jeans.|
|Lara Stone, possibly the busiest model of 2010|
|ANTM's Chelsea - during the makeover episode, they actually shaved down her gap to widen it.|
|Lindsey Wixon - current runway darling|
Ah, looks like the Japanese philosophy Wabi-Sabi is back, come to impede our Western quest for aesthetic perfection. Wabi-Sabi seeks to find the beauty in all things imperfect, incomplete, or transient.
Wabi-Sabi sound a bit too much like a cousin of the spicy tuna handroll? Then try: Jolie-laide (which literally translates as 'pretty ugly'), oft used to describe women who are stunning, but not classically beautiful.
Whatever the linguistic stylings, this dialogue is everywhere. New-age phraseology like "self-love, not self-improvement" has been embedded in the magazine racks since last fall. As a gap-toothed gal myself, I've made sure to page through the Lara Stone spreads and 'inspirational' beauty editorials. In a couple glossies, I even found the just-as-you-are philosophy being preached in the monthly 'Trend' column, without the slightest ironic undertone. Yes, kiddies, self-acceptance is IN this season. Phew!
Take heart, fellow diastema dames, for trends may come and go
but Lauren Hutton is forever.