Twiggy (real name Lesley Lawson) was born September 19, 1949 in Neasdon, England. She started her modeling career when she was getting her hair colored in London. She was asked to model a new hairstyle, and had some pictures taken and hung in the salon. A fashion journalist saw the images, and shortly after she was featured in an editorial in the Daily Express.
The young model changed her name to Twiggy, similar to her childhood nickname “Twigs”. She has been prominently featured in the top fashion magazines, especially versions of Vogue around the world. She has been featured in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, and Andre Courreges.
Twiggy In Person:
“There’s no need to dress like everyone else. It’s much more fun to create your own look.”
“If you’ve got the body and the chutzpah, a pencil skirt is so sexy on older women. Look for ones that fall just below the knee. Think 1940s, cinched-in jackets – imagine you are Lauren Bacall on a date with Humphrey Bogart and you just absolutely have to wear very high heels.”
“Being young isn’t about age, it’s about being a free spirit. You can meet someone of 20 who’s boring and old, or you can meet someone of 70 who’s youthful and exciting. I met Fred Astaire when he was 72 and I was 21, and I fell in love with him. He certainly was a free spirit.”
“I’ve never really had a waist. Even when I was at my slimmest, my silhouette was very straight up, straight down. But I have learnt how to give myself a bit of waist by optical illusion. For this, bring on the belts.”
“If I want to calm down, I’ll buy some fabric, get a pattern, shut myself in a room and stay there for days, really happy. And at the end of it, you get a bedspread or some curtains or something to wear – it’s lovely.”
Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, and Andre Courreges.
Also published on Medium.