Thursday, February 5, 2009

seventeen, a beauty queen, she made a ride that caused a scene

Easily and undisputedly the first and only supermodel, Leslie "Twiggy" Hornby brought the skinny look back in a big way in the late 1960s. She naturally had a boyish waif figure, but soon after Twiggy burst onto the scene in 1966 at sixteen years old, she had legions of girls dieting their ways to look like her. Her look -- a mod look that combined her boyish cropped haircut with her feminine features (played up with her signature Twiggy lashes) -- caused a sensation; her reedish thin body has remained the ideal for over the past forty years. By 1967, Mattel had released a Barbie doll in her likeness, and she had her own magazine (dubbed "Her Mod, Mod Teen World"), line of false lashes, lunch boxes, sweaters, tights, purses, and even a board game created after her famous look. By 1970, "the Twig" was moving past modelling, developing a respectable career in television, film, and theatre. She earned two Golden Globes for her portrayal in 1971's "The Boy Friend," and has garnered critical raves for her performances in "Pygmalion, " "Cinderella," and "My One and Only" over the years. Nowadays she is Leslie Lawson, and -- though she models from time to time -- she is content in a more relaxed life than that of her's during the sixties. She looks wonderful at 59 years old, her same gamine figure and light blonde hair, though she (sadly) no longer stencils fake lashes underneath her eyes.