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Lauren Hutton grew up poor

Speaking to Stylist magazine about her upbringing and first foray into fashion, she said: 'I started making my own clothes around 13 because we were challenged financially.'

Lauren Hutton started designing clothes at the age of 13.

The 73-year-old model has revealed she started to make her own garments when she was a teenager because her and her family were 'challenged financially' and could not afford to constantly buy new outfits.

Speaking to Stylist magazine about her upbringing in South Carolina and first foray into fashion, she said: 'I started making my own clothes around 13 because we were challenged financially. Curves were very big in the Fifties. Tall, skinny girls were not in vogue.'

Her past: Lauren Hutton started designing clothes at 13 years old. The 73-year-old model has revealed she started to make her own garments when she was a teenager because her and her family were 'challenged financially' she told Stylist

She still works: The star is seen here with Gigi Hadid in 2016 in Milan

But the Paper Lion actress used her body shape to her advantage.

The cover girl started to alter the length of her dresses and skirts, which was unusual at the time and did not become fashionable to do until two decades later.

She explained: 'And I looked very carefully in the mirror and my curves were my knees and my elbows. So I raised my blue velvet dress so it came above my knees. Miniskirts weren't to come in for about 20 years, so it was scandal.'

Clever: The Paper Lion actress used her petite body shape to her advantage. She started to alter the length of her dresses and skirts, which was unusual at the time and did not become fashion able to do until two decades later

And Lauren's homemade creations saw her get in trouble at school.

'I was expelled for the day,' the star admitted.

But that was not the first time the style icon was sent home from school for her unusual wardrobe choices.

She was a top seller: The South Carolina native appeared on the cover of Vogue many times in the 1960s and 1970s

She explained: 'I sat down and this thing [intricate skirt made of chicken wire] flew over my head. I guess my panties showed, I don't know because I couldn't see anything.

'Anyway, they sent me home, another scandal. I was involved in a lot of clothing scandals.'

Although Lauren's designs saw her get into a lot of trouble, she thinks she would have been a great fashion designer if she took her hobby seriously.

Designers loved her: Hutton wearing Calvin Klein's silk matte jersey tank top and matching wide legged pants in 1974

A party gal: In 1980 at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards in LA

She said: 'I probably would have made a good designer.'

Hutton rocketed to fame in the 1970s as a supermodel, often being seen with the chic set at NYC nightclubs.

Then Hollywood called.

Her biggest hit was 1980's American Gigolo where she played the lonely rich wife who took to a brooding male prostitute played by Richard Gere.

The looker has also appeared in Paper Dolls and Nip/Tuck. She was also the face of J Crew for many years. 

In 2016 she modeled on the runway again, this time in Milan with Gigi Hadid. 

Screen legend: Her biggest hit was 1980's American Gigolo where she played the lonely rich wife who took to a brooding male prostitute played by Richard Gere

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