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Mind The Gap


The first copy of The Face I ever saw was the August 1996 issue. I can’t recall a single article or photo spread, but what I do remember about sitting cross-legged on the floor of my local Borders, where I picked up the expensive import, was staring at the cover model—Georgina something—and thinking how cool it would be to have her gap-toothed grin.

I was reminded of that day repeatedly during the shows, as Lindsey Wixson and newbie Ashley Smith graced the runway—and post-fashion weeks as well, as I steadily began to catch up on my backlog of fashion magazines. Lara Stone. Georgia May Jagger. Gap-toothed girls are all the rage—and for some reason, they all look quite a bit alike, and a lot like Georgina something. Blonde, willowy, gap-toothed. You could argue that they all follow in the footsteps of the original blonde, willowy, gap-toothed model, Lauren Hutton, and something about the American Gigolo star’s formula really, really works. The thing is, how do you replicate that, if, say, you’re a brunette, curvy, and distinctly un-gap-toothed? You can dye your hair, exercise more and change your diet—sure. But when it comes to that somewhat coveted space, either you’ve got it, or you don’t.

Or maybe not. “Very few patients ask for this procedure,” Dr. Irwin Smigel, the “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry,” told me when I asked him if there was any way to create this imperfect smile. “But the look is possible to achieve by using a very thin, special disk. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.” Achievable, yes; advisable…maybe.

Photo: Elaine Constantine for The Face, August 1996



  1. iheartfaire says:

    I was tortured as a child and in adult hood for my gap. until two years ago I refused to show my teeth when I smiled.

    Last year, I had the choice to get braces or go to on vacation to Paris. I chose the latter.

    This is comical to me. Beauty is truly defined by the times isn’t it?


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