Gapped Teeth Are Becoming Fashionable

Diastema (a gap between teeth) has often been viewed as a cosmetic defect, but there are indications that modeling agencies, fashion designers, and casting directors have changed their point of view.
At model casting calls for New York's fashion week, which begins today, one of the most coveted attributes is an affront to modern orthodontics: gapped teeth.

The look is a bold departure from recent standards of idealized beauty that have rewarded curvaceous and perfect-smile models... In editorial spreads in Vogue and W, as well as ads for high-end brands like Chanel and Marc Jacobs, gaptoothed gals are having a moment...

"It's a love for the imperfect, and the authentic," says Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of W magazine. "These are values that are more and more important for younger generations. Originality, authenticity…in a world that is more and more digitally enhanced."

Don't have a gap between your teeth?  Don't despair.  You can have one created: " designer David Delfin asked an orthodontist to insert a bracket to open a space between his two front teeth."


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Yet another reason I pay no attention to the fashion industry and yet another proof that they're all nuts. "Love of the authentic" my rear end! Since when is ANYTHING about this industry authentic?
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I think Anna Paquin has a lot to do with this. On this "cycle" of America's Next Top Model, there's a contestant who looks so much like her, gap and all. On last night's episode, Tyra sent her to the dentist to have her gap widened by having 1/4 mm shaved off of each front tooth.

Also, check out this documentary from 1987:
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