Sexy Charlotte Dutton of London, with bleach-blonde bangs to her eyebrows and maximum red lipstick , has never been a big winner in pro snowboarding. She knows that her main meal tickets will be something else: modeling and fashion design.
How can primping and riding be connected? We shall let Charlotte explain: “Modeling and snowboarding did conflict at times because I’d come back from skiing with tan lines, or sometimes even a broken arm, and the agency would have to wait until I got rid of my goggle marks or out of the cast.”
The young lady nicknamed “Sugar Charlie” (mmmm!) still enters a few half-pipe competitions. She also makes some snowboard cash as a coach, both with celebrities and with the common clay.
On the fashion front, she has designed snowboarding gear for Topshop, “Moto SNO by Charlotte Dutton.” Once she was asked why such a high-street name as Topshop would be interested in mere snowboarders, rather than the real fashionable people. Sort of like, “Take that, all of you raggedy-butt snowboarders.” She now is preparing designs for her new venture, Misticom. She aims to accommodate her two lifestyles, such as designing a jacket “that looks casual enough for the gym but also nice enough to wear to a casting,” such as when she must speedily traverse “from a snowboarding competition in Austria to a casting in Paris.” Ah, yes, a dilemma to which all the ladies can relate.
Sugar Charlie has competed a few times in Europe, but mostly in the United States and Canada. She says she has found her second home at Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, a popular spot for youth camps. “It’s great for kids whose parents are going away somewhere and don’t want to take their kids,” she says. Seriously.
Charlotte also explains, in a politically correct manner, why she has extra affection for summer snowboarders: “I like it when it’s hot and sunny. Don’t get me wrong, I love skiing in powder, but the people who go in summer are those who are really into snowboarding, as the rest of the world seems to head off on summer holidays to relax on beaches rather than get the adrenaline pumping up a mountain.”
Wait. Sugar Charlie isn’t finished. Back to the modeling mode: “And, it’s hot so you get the best tan, which is great for me who is really pale.” You go, girl!