Twiggy and the Thin Model Revolution of the 1960s - Cool History Facts

Twiggy and the Thin Model Revolution of the 1960s

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Lesley Lawson — also known as Twiggy — was born in 1949 in London, England, to a mother who was a factory worker and a father who was a carpenter. Twiggy’s fascination towards the fashion industry started from her mother who taught her to sew since an early age. This allowed Twiggy to create her own clothes and begin to explore her sense of fashion. Twiggy eventually became a superstar in the fashion industry during her teenage years in the ’60s.

Twiggy got her golden opportunity of signing up to be a model for a celebrity hairdresser. In 1966 Twiggy had her hair cut and colored by celebrity hair stylist Leonard of Mayfair. A professional photographer was called in to shoot the cut, and the Twiggy’s photo was then hung in Leonard’s salon. A fashion journalist for the Daily Express saw the photos and fixed an appointment to meet the young Twiggy. The journalist had more photos taken of Twiggy and prepared an article within a few weeks that featured Twiggy and mentioned about the charm of the “Cockney kid” that marked the beginning of Twiggy’s career as a model. Soon after her entry into the modeling industry, Twiggy was already charging eighty GBP per hour, which was quite the salary for her time. Surprisingly, Twiggy did not understand what all the flurry was about her. She was quoted for saying, “I hated what I looked like….so I thought everyone had gone stark raving mad.” However the popularity of the Twiggy lunch boxes, lashes, and cosmetic endorsements, clearly indicated that others viewed Twiggy in a totally different light than how she viewed herself.

While also an actress and singer, Twiggy was most well beginning the thin model revolution. She became a British icon with her short blonde hair, blue eyes, tall and thin body frame, as well as her bisexual appearance. In addition to being voted British Woman of the Year Twiggy was also named the “Face of 1966” by the Daily Express. Her career as model arche across the globe including countries like France, Japan, and the United States.

Featured Image Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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