A Twiggy Image 1. Not merely handled as a precious package, but portrayed as one. Physically, she fit the part. Her hair was bobbed short to her jaw and always slicked down, parted from one side across to the other. It was a soft blonde; perhaps the only soft thing about her as the rest of her body met at sharp angles and was marked with dark lines. The skin appeared silky, unblemished and unwrinkled, still glowing with the youth of seventeen years. The eyes that met yours were large and dark, a very dramatic appeal. The lashes were fake; long and thick layers outlining the sunken pupils. Her lips sat pursed between a perfectly pointed nose and chin. This face graced the cover of Life , Look , Newsweek , Vogue , and Seventeen
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What did this image offer the media who bombarded her with flash bulbs and queries? How could this skinny, know-nothing from small town, England replace the mature, sophisticated female icons of the past? Why did these doe-eyes catch the cameras' attention? Perhaps Twiggy herself had nothing to offer, but her agent, the fashion editors and media created the Twiggy hegemony. They created a bodiless form that embodied it all—beauty, fashion, political movements and economics.
3. From the gutters to glitter Lesley Hornby emerged as Twiggy. Cockney hair stylist, Nigel Davis, to be known as Justin de Villeneuve, discovered this Mod-culture icon. Hers was a fairytale story. Born into an average London home in 1949, she was child of the sixties, a “time when ordinary people could do extraordinary things” ( Twiggy in Black and White 6). From average British girl from an ordinary British home to the “It Girl” icon in everyone's home, Lesley Hornby's transformation to Twiggy began in Twickenham, England. Growing up in Britain during the explosion of Mod culture meant Twiggy followed “a whole lot of rigid rules” regarding fashion and social activities (Twiggy 10). Taking after her mother's love of clothing and sewing, Twiggy took to creating her own mock-ups of the almost weekly Mod trends from ankle-length skirts to Peter Pan collar blouses. The Hornby family was extremely close and Twiggy's father instilled in his three daughters the desire and value to work hard.