Happy 70th Birthday to Twiggy, the 1960s ‘It Girl’ English model, actress, and singer who became a cultural icon and prominent teenage model, unusual for the fact that she rose from a working class background.
Born Lesley Lawson, she became a renown model at 16 with a thin build (thus her nickname Twiggy), androgynous appearance, big eyes, long eyelashes, and her unique haircut—a boyish short crop.
[caption id="attachment_128672" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Photo in 1960s by Amaryllis Sternweiser; in 2012 by the U.S. Embassy in London, CC licenses[/caption]
After modeling, Twiggy enjoyed a successful career as a stage and screen actress. Her 1971 role in The Boy Friend won her two Golden Globe Awards and in 1983, she made her Broadway debut in My One and Only, for which she earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2012, she launched an exclusive clothing collection for Marks & Spencer's department store, and earlier this year The Queen of England dubbed her a Dame with a DBE for her services to the fashion industry. WATCH a bio to see her then, and at 60... (1949)