Of the many things that made Dakota Johnson stand out, her teeth were oddly one of them. Or were for that matter.
The Fifty Shades of Grey actress became known for her distinctive gap-toothed Hollywood smile. She would regularly show off the small gap between her front teeth on the red carpet, and she even took part in a hilarious Vanity Fair video testing how many items she could fit in the gap. It was seriously iconic.
But when Dakota stepped out on the red carpet for the premiere for her new film, The Peanut Butter Falcon, the gap had been visibly closed. Donning a deep pink lip with her sweeping fringe, Dakota showed off her new orthodontic alteration.
Naturally, when news started to circle, Twitter had a lot to say about it, with many questioning whether Dakota’s closed gap is a bleak reflection of the beauty ideals expected of female celebrities. One user wrote: “Dakota Johnson doesn’t have her gap anymore and now I have no positive role models to look up to,” while another mourned the loss of the gap writing: “Rest in peace to Dakota Johnson's tooth gap, a legend in our community”.
Others were quick to defend Dakota’s decision with one user writing: "Why is everyone freaking out about Dakota Johnson fixing a gap in her teeth? Maybe that's something she wanted to fix for herself. She's still the same talented woman she's always been."
This is not the first time a celebrity has been criticised for closing their tooth gap. When Jordyn Woods ditched her gap in 2018, despite previously stating she would never fix it, she was forced to defend herself. "I never disliked my smile or anything - I wanted to try something new and I found the doctor that I trusted," she told Refinery 29.
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Dakota was amongst a small group of celebrities who owned their tooth gap; models like Jessica Hart and Georgia Jagger regularly show off theirs, as do iconic singers like Madonna and Anna Paquin. But, alas, it’s gone for good.
Closed gap or not, Dakota continues to draw in the crowds and as we say at GLAMOUR, your beauty, your rules!