Michael Strahan is one of our new favorite daytime TV hosts. Providing a calming, goofy presence to balance out Kelly Ripa's manic excitableness on "LIVE! With Kelly & Michael," the NFL star-turned-TV personality is like a big lovable teddy bear (a hard thing to be when you're a former New York Giants defensive end).
Now we have yet another reason to love him: In a new interview with ELLE, Strahan says he's at peace with his famous gap-toothed smile and isn't looking to "go under the knife" to ever fix it.
ELLE: You’re famous for your gap-toothed smile. Were you ever self-conscious about your looks?
MS: I was really close to closing it up. I was at the dentist having him do mock-ups. I thought about it, man.
ELLE: That would be like Cindy Crawford removing her mole.
MS: I was in my twenties. I was playing with the Giants. There’s so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix everything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say “This is who I am.” I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect. At this point, I don’t think my kids would recognize me without it. They’d be like, “Who is this stranger in the house? Call 911!”
Aww, we doubt that. But we are on board with Michael keeping his face just the way it is, just like a few other high-profile celebs. While many Hollywood stars undergo plastic surgery (we know, breaking news), the ones who keep their imperfect smiles the way they are stand out to us.
It's apt that the actress has found fame on the show "True Blood" -- a drama that, when you think about it, is really a lot about teeth. Because what we love about Paquin is her refusal to have that gap in her wide, warm smile closed up. We agree with Winona Dimeo-Ediger over at The Frisky who wrote: "She is a conventionally beautiful woman, yes, but that little 'imperfection' sets her apart from the sea of similar faces gracing magazine covers today."
One name, one awesome smile. The material girl has long had a little gap in between her two front teeth and has refused to go over board with the bleach.
Dunst has steadfastly refused to change her smile, telling Elle UK: "I love my snaggle fangs. They give me character and character is sexy."
Men are hardly immune from hollywood pressure, but this actor has nonetheless kept his slight gap.
The singer-slash-actress (slash-poet) once told Shape that she got her big break, acting-wise, precisely because she had not altered her smile. Via People: "I asked [the director of "Ride With the Devil"], 'Why me? You could've had anyone you wanted. And he said, 'You have period teeth,'" she said. "So I got the job because I was the only actress in Hollywood who hadn't gotten her teeth fixed!"
The gap in model Lara Stone's teeth practically made her famous. According to The Daily Mail: That imperfect grin "sparked a shift" in the quest for "pearly whites."
The French celeb is another member of the gap-toothed gang -- a feature that's often called out in magazines speaking about her willowy, unique beauty.
The crooner is another member of the gap-tooth gang, keeping the small space in his startling smile.
Hutton has had an exceptionally long modeling career, and we wonder if her distinctive teeth haven't had something to do with it. Indeed, she's maybe the original gap-toothed model.
Buscemi's distinctive teeth may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you've got to give him serious credit for not caving on them. And the actor even counts them as an asset, career-wise. According to The Hollywood Reporter Buscemi has said: "I've had dentists who have wanted to help me out, but I say, 'You know, I won't work again if you fix my teeth.'"
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