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Transcript of Twiggy Lawson
Life In London
Lesley Lawson most known as her nickname “Twiggy”, given to her because of her stick-thin pubescent figure became a prominent British teenage model during of swinging sixties in London.
Born Lesley Hornby on September 19, 1949, in Neasden, a suburb of London.
She was the third daughter of Helen Hornby & William Norman.
Her mother taught her to sew at a young age which helped her later on in her life and career.
She attended Kilburn High School for Girls and began modeling at age 15.
Her skinny frame and twig-like figure earned her the nickname 'Twigs' and from then on she was Known as Twiggy.
Twiggy's Rise to Fame...
1965 at age 16 Twiggy posed for her boyfriend who was a hair stylist that was looking for models on whom to try out his new crop haircut on. He styled her hair and photographed it to frame on his salon walls. A fashion journalist from the
into the salon a few days later and noticed Twiggy's face on the wall and asked to meet Twiggy. She arranged to have Twiggy photographed and a couple of weeks later a publication in the
featured an article and images of Ms.Hornby, declaring her "The Face of '66".
A month after her article in the
Twiggy posed for her first shoot for Vogue. A year later, she had appeared in 13 separate fashion shoots including 8 international Vogue editions. Soon she began her own line of clothes called "Twiggy Dresses" in 1967, while taking the fashion world by storm. That year she became an international sensation, modeling in France, Japan, and America.
A few of the pictures that were displayed in the hair salon...
Examples of Twiggy's skinny build at the age of 16
Success in the Sixties...
strikingly dark eyelashes
Boyishly Short Haircut
Twiggy's look was centered on three qualities:
British Vogue, October 1967
Twiggy campaigns for anti-fur and animal abuse and donates for breast cancer research.
After four years of modeling, Twiggy retired in 1970, stating "You can't be a clothes hanger for your entire life!"
Twiggy came out with two music albums; Twiggy and Please Get My Name Right. One of the hits on her second album, Here I Go Again, climbed up to number two on the UK hit charts.
Part of Twiggy's article in the
Although she looks slightly anorexic she never was. Many did speculate on this theory but in truth she was just naturally skinny only weighing a total of 91 pounds.
Twiggy Travels to the US...
Twiggy then embarked on an award-winning acting and singing career, starring in a variety of roles on stage and screen, and recording albums.
In 1972 she won two Golden Globe Awards (New Star of the Year – Actress and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy).
THE BOY FRIEND- 1971
'W' - 1974
THE BLUES BROTHERS - 1980
THERE GOES THE BRIDE - 1979
...supports animal welfare through numerous societies...
Animal Defenders International
Book Aid International
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Cruelty Free International
Environmental Investigation Agency
Mines Advisory Group
Small Steps Project
Causes that twiggy supports
Charities & foundations supported
Magazine Covers : over 15
Movies : 30 credits
Theater : 11 theatrical plays
Albums : 3
Books : 5
Awards : 2
The 90's launched her into a career as TV presenter and interviewer with her own ITV series 'Twiggy's People',
In 1988 Twiggy married British Actor/Director Leigh Lawson
Since 2005 Twiggy has been part of the phenomenally successful Marks & Spencer advertising campaign.
Twiggy has also been a guest judge on the top US reality show America's Next Top Model opposite the shows creator Tyra Banks.
Buy Your Own Twiggy Doll!!
One Of Twiggy's Books
NEXT TOP MODEL
... And she's only 72 years old!
Twiggy Loves Disneyland!!
THE WORLDS FIRST SUPERMODEL