Lauren Hutton

More than a decade after a devastating motorcycle accident, Lauren Hutton – once the highest paid model in the world, and one who redefined American beauty – has a memoir in the works, is back in front of the camera, and is ready for whatever adventure comes next. Now, in a never-before-seen photograph, she covers Town&Country’s June/July issue and opens up to the magazine about the upbringing that made her want to model, her romance with Bob Williamson, and the role that travel has played in her healing.

On the upbringing that made her want to model:

“If I hadn’t been poor I would never have been a model. I was always a tomboy. I liked doing interesting shit, the stuff boys get to do. I was the girl that beheaded dolls.”

On her relationship with Bob Williamson, who squandered millions of dollars of Hutton’s earnings:

“I didn’t have a father, and I wanted to be a child with a protector…and Bob did that for me. [After the breakup] I could have moaned and groaned and stayed in bed for a year. That was my money! Anyway, I was lucky I started again, because this time the money was mine and I kept it, and that’s why I’m not a bag lady right now.”

On the role that travel has played in her healing:

“I’ve healed myself with trips…Whenever I came back from Africa or the Antarctic, head swelling with the beauty of it all, I found I was loving life again. You look different because of everything that has gone on inside of you.”