Back in the olden days (read: the 1990s), Cindy Crawford’s mole was considered cutting edge, and Linda Evangelista made international headlines when she cut her hair. These days in the dog-eat-dog world of supermodeling, you have to have more than a pixie cut and a mole to be considered unique enough for the runway; these days, you apparently need a big gap between your front teeth, like Calvin Klein model Lara Stone. This “trend” has been around for a few years now, and it seems to be holding steady as a designer and casting-agent favorite. One person (designer David Delfin) has even admitted to undergoing cosmetic orthodonture to have a gap installed. While we wait for the next big beauty trend to emerge (albino coloring, perhaps?), the 4-Way, our panel of resident dating nonexperts, offers their thoughts on the gap-tooth look.
The Lesbian Woman’s Perspective: Jody Fischer
I was lucky. I learned the advantage of having a gap between my teeth early in life. And here it is: in the pool, you can impress your friends by pretending to be a water fountain. Seriously, if you’re under ten years old, this is the best trick ever! However, if you’re over ten, get your damn teeth fixed. Even with the resurgence of the gap-tooth trend that folks claim embraces their imperfect side, the models with gaps still have bleached white teeth. So what’s next? Perhaps we should all have yellow gap-toothed smiles? Braces fixed my gap, and I learned other tricks that I can do in the pool to impress my adult friends. Close the gap.
The Straight Man’s Perspective; Chris Kennedy
Where was this gap-toothed acceptance when I was eleven? I could’ve been spared the (metal) rod during my seventh-grade year that I spent in braces.
I think the acceptance of this trend is promising and will perhaps pave the way for more future David Lettermans, Michael Strahans, and Sandra Bernhards. For too long, we’ve seen ads with paper-thin, barely pubescent girls looking as if they’ve just shot a vat of heroin into their veins behind a Dumpster before heading to a photo shoot and then passing out for the day. God forbid one of them has a gap between her front teeth. That might promote an “unhealthy” image.
The Straight Woman’s Perspective: Rebecca Brown
At my high school in Kentucky, blond hair, blue eyes, and perfectly tanned skin set the standard for beauty. Back in those days, the Benetton models were about as edgy as things got, featuring (gasp!) Asian and black models in magazine ads. So I like opening a magazine and seeing women of all colors with freckles, shaved heads, tattoos, scars, braces, and yes, even gapped teeth, gracing the pages. We’ve come a long way in embracing real beauty … but not quite far enough. Magazines routinely digitally alter models and celebrities to make their skin more perfect and their waists smaller. Why are some imperfections acceptable and others aren’t? I don’t get it. Bring on the gaps, and leave the slender waists of already-thin models alone. We need more real, less fake.
The Gay Man’s Perspective: Darren Maddox
What is this trend of coveting a gap in your teeth, ladies? This one is a mystery to me. Embracing a small natural space is one thing; it shows that you’re confident in who you are and that you don’t have to fit the stereotype of perfection. But now, people are actually having gaps inserted? Seriously? Lauren Hutton, Madonna, Elton John, and David Letterman all have gaps in their teeth. But it works because that’s who they are. Mind the gap. You might end up looking like you could eat corn through a picket fence.
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