Vanessa, Isabella, Madonna & Co. – Superstars with the courage to leave gaps

In Africa there are people who deliberately have their teeth mutilated or removed. In Western cultures, the tooth gap was considered more of a blemish.

But then came Isabella Rossellini (“Blue Velvet”)! She just celebrated her 70th birthday and is still one of the most beautiful film icons of her generation – despite or perhaps because of her rather uncomplicated relationship with her looks.


Isabella Rosselini in June 2022

Isabella Rosselini in June 2022Photo: Getty Images for Tribeca Festival

Her broken front tooth made Isabella Rossellini famous. Although that gap was covered with wax by the undertaker for years before every photo shoot.

It was only the managers of a cosmetics company who finally encouraged her to accept her gap – and thereby made her even more successful.

So what makes the supposedly ugly beautiful? Or is beauty always in the eye of the beholder?

In the case of Isabella Rossellini and many other stars whose teeth BILD am SONNTAG looked at, the following applies: brave people are beautiful!


Isabella Rosselini, Madonna & Co.: Superstars with the courage to leave gaps

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BILD am SONNTAG took a closer look at the teeth of these stars


Natural and unexcited.  For ex-Bond girl Léa Seydoux (36), her girlish tooth gap is a trademark

Natural and unexcited. For ex-Bond girl Léa Seydoux (36), her girlish tooth gap is a trademarkPhoto: REUTERS


For decades, Madonna (63,

For decades, Madonna (63, “Like A Virgin”) cultivated her tooth gap. In the meantime she has had them removedPhoto: picture alliance/ dpa



“Why should I have my tooth gap removed?” says Vanessa Paradis (49). “I can spit water through them.”Photo: imago images/Matrix


Queen frontman Freddie Mercury († 45) suffered from his four extra front teeth, but never corrected his bite

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury († 45) suffered from his four extra front teeth, but never corrected his bitePhoto: Getty Images

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