I believe in perfect imperfections.
A splatter of freckles across the nose, a perfectly planted birthmark, a glamorous gap toothed grin.
Once upon a time in a decade far far away, the fashion industry took a chance on one lone gap toothed girl named Lauren Hutton, whose face might not have launched a thousand ships, but it was the first smile to launch a major cosmetics deal with Revlon. And she fought tooth and nail to get it.
Today, gap toothed gals are finding their way on the runway and smiling at us from the pages of various fashion mags in ad campaigns for Chanel, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and Hudson jeans. Chelsey, one of America's Next Top Model's newest contestants even had her gap widened as part of her fierce model makeover.
From iconic Dutch model Lara Stone to Madonna and True Blood star Anna Paquin, it seems that a gap tooth grin is the new prerequisite in order to seal your fate as an “it” girl both on and off the runway. One of the most notable gap tooth “it” girls of the moment is my favorite Sydney born swimwear stunner – model Jess Hart.
Notorious for the smile that has quickly become an international sensation, Jess Hart is enjoying fame as a new face for Victoria’s Secret, a recognized Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and as the face of Seafolly 2011.
Jess, alongside up-and-coming supermodel Samantha Harris, Australia’s first aboriginal supermodel, both shine as the faces of Seafolly’s 2011 gorgeous new beachwear collection featuring flirty floral prints, retro polka dotted and ruffled numbers, bold and bright colors as well as basic black one-pieces and separates.
Check out this behind the scenes video of Jess and Samantha shooting their campaign on the beaches of Tropical North Queensland in Australia.
I'm sure it'll make you crack a smile.