Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Twiggy…

Twiggy was born in north London on September 19th, 1949. She was named “The Face of ’66” by the Daily Express.

Twiggy was the world’s first supermodel: a skinny kid with the face of an angel who became an icon. ‘She’ll last a couple of weeks’, a bystander quipped in 1967 when she took New York by storm. Thirty five years on and Twiggy is still a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.


In early 1966, Lesley Hornby found herself propelled to the heights of international fame as the world’s first supermodel – Twiggy. 

With her waif like figure, boyish hair cut and striking eye lashes she created an image that would epitomise an era. Twiggy became the idol for millions of teenage girls of the sixties revolution

By the age of 17, Twiggy was one of the most famous faces on the planet: her photograph was even encased in a time capsule and sent into space. By this time in the sixties, Twiggy had already become a household name across the globe, an icon whose image graced the covers of Vogue, Tatler and even her own American publication Her Mod, Mod Teen World.

During her years as a model, Twiggy posed for some of the top photographers, including Barry Lategan, Melvin Sokolsky, Richard Avendon and Bert Stern who would make three films about her extraordinary trip to the United States in 1967.

Twiggy went on to become a successful actress in film, stage and television, beginning her acting career by starring in Ken Russell’s film “The Boyfriend”, for which she won two Golden Globe awards; most promising newcomer and best actress in a musical. She has recorded many albums since, encompassing a variety of styles including pop, rock, disco, country and show tunes. Twiggy’s successful recordings have earned her two silver discs, two chart albums and hit singles.

Although Twiggy officially retired from modelling in 1970 (when  she was cast in ‘The Boy Friend’) and she has been involved in  various modelling assignments, highlights include posing with  David Bowie to create the classic shot that became the cover of his Pin Ups album.

The 90’s launched her into a career as TV presenter and interviewer with her own ITV series ‘Twiggy’s People’, interviewing amongst others, Dustin Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Tom Jones, Joan Rivers, Eric Idle and Tim Curry. In 2001, Twiggy recorded a second TV series for the ITV network ‘Take Time With Twiggy’, interviewing such stars as Lulu, Ken Russell and Frederick Forsyth. 


Since 2005, Twiggy has acted as the face of Marks And Spencer in their successful advertising campaigns.  Twiggy has also been a guest judge on the top US reality show America’s Next Top Model opposite the shows creator Tyra Banks.

As a designer, Twiggy’s has her own successful clothing line featured in the Littlewoods catalogue. Twiggy also has recently launched her own range of bed linen.

Twiggy in "The boy friend"

Erin O'Conner, Twiggy, Patrick Cox and British Designer Christopher Bailey pose backstage during the Burberry Prorsum LFW Autumn/Winter 2010 Women?s wear show at the Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art on February 23, 2010 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to model Twiggy at a reception for the British Clothing Industry, including an exhibition of contemporary clothing curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, at Buckingham Palace March 16, 2010 in London, England.


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