Twiggy Lawson

Twiggy Lawson


9/19/1949, Neasden, working suburb outside London

Birth Name

Leslie Hornby



Also Known As

Lesley Hornby, Twiggy
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Leslie "Twiggy" Hornby was born in London, the 19th of September in 1949. Being named as "The Face of 1966" by the Daily Express, when she was only 16 years old, Twiggy became and amazing supermodel, with great photographic, modeling and commercial success. She also developed her career…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Twiggy was ranked #9 in Channel 5's "World's Greatest Supermodel.

    • She met her second husband Leigh Lawson on the set of Madame Sousatzka in 1988.

    • Her first marriage, to the American actor, Michael Witney, ended with his sudden death from a heart attack.

    • She was the youngest person to ever be surprised by the Big Red Book on "This Is Your Life (she was 19 at that time).

    • Twiggy is a friend of Fran Dresher's and it was her interaction with Twiggy's children that was used as the basis for The Nanny

    • Twiggy was shown to the world as a disgraceful representation of women, whereas Sophie Dahl (former model too) was seen as a fresh breath of life within the world of bulimic waifs. In reality though, Twiggy should be the real role model of the two with her caring, loving nature as opposed to Sophie Dahl and her wild child persona. The media played and overwhelming part in the way they were presented to the public.

    • Twiggy was a naturally slim girl, but the media now portrays her as the pioneer of the waif-like models and their cult of innocent victims.

    • Her global success spawned products such as Twiggy dolls, twiggy cosmetics and her own line of clothing "Twiggy Dresses".

    • It was the photographer, Barry Lategan, who called the young girl "Twiggy" for the first time.

    • She appeared alongside the sexual revolution and became an instant icon –a symbol for a new kind of woman with a streamlined, androgynous sex appeal.

    • In, Twiggy was qualified as 58% rotten.

    • Twiggy's discography include "The Boyfriend" (1971), "Twiggy And The Girlfriends" (1972), "Cole Porter In Paris" (1973), "Twiggy" (1976), "Please Get My Name Right" (1977), "Captain Beaky And His Band" (1977), "Pieces Of April" (1978), "My One And Only" (1983), "The Doctor and The Devils" (1985), "The Boy Friend & Highlights From Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1990), "Twiggy And The Silver Screen Syncopaters" (1995), "A Hollywood Christmas" (1996), "London Pride - Songs From The London Stage" (1996), "Beautiful Dreams" (1997), "Dead Man On Campus" (1998), "The Best Of Twiggy" (1998), "If Love Were All" (1999), "Peter Pan" (2000), "Midnight Blue" (2003), "Twiggy" (2004) and "Twiggy & Linda Thorson - A Snapshot Of Swinging London (2005)".

    • Her participation in Tv shows include "Twiggs" (1974), "Twiggy" (1975), "The Muppet Show" (1976), "Victorian Scandals" (1976), "The Donna Summer Special" (1980), "A Gift of Music" (1981), "Princesses" (1991), "Tales from the Crypt" (1992), "The Nanny" (1994), "Heartbeat" (1994), "Absolutely Fabulous" (2000-2001), "This Morning" (presenter in 2001) and "America's Next Top Model" (2005-).

    • Twiggy's filmography includes "The Boyfriend" (1971), "W" (1974), "There Goes The Bride" (1979), "The Blue Brothers" (1980), "Pygmalion" (1981), "The Doctor and The Devils" (1985), "Club Paradise" (1986), "The Little Match Girl" (1986), "Madame Sousatzka" (1988), "The Diamond Trap" (1988), "Sun Child" (1988), "Young Charlie Chaplin" (1989), "Instanbul" (Keep Your Eyes Open) (1990), "Body Bags" (1993), Something Borrowed, Something Blue" (1997), "Edge of Seventeen" (1998), "Woundings" (1998) and "ShakesperaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew" (2005).

    • Her measurements are: 31AA-22-32 (at age 17), 32-23-32 (during peak of her 60's modeling career), 32B-24-32 (in 1976 at age 27), 36B-20-33 (in 1986).

    • Twiggy is best pals with fellow top London model Erin O'Connor. In a recent interview, Twiggy commented that Erin was a "smasher."

    • Throughout Twiggy's recording career she has collaborated with some of the most prestigious producers in the music industry, including Roger Cook, Tony Eyers, David Essex, Donna Summer, Juergen Koppers and Charlie Skarbek.

    • She was the first model who had a sculpture of herself in Madame Tussaud's Museum. It was done in February of 1967.

    • In 2004, Twiggy moved to USA due to the filming of "America's Next Top Model".

    • Twiggy performed her song "A Woman in Love" in 1977 at the Night at the London Casino.

    • Marilyn Manson's sideman is called Twiggy Ramirez in her honor.

    • Twiggy became the first underweight person to become the stereotype of a perfect body image.

    • Twiggy is part of the "Animal Samaritans" charity foundation, which provides homes for unwanted pets.

    • Twiggy's agent is called Maureen Vincent.

    • Her father is called William Norman and is a master carpenter, and her mother is Helen Hornby, who works as a counter girl.

    • The name 'Twiggy' comes from Lesley's adolescent nickname 'Twigs', a reference to her eyelashes, not her legs. In photoshoots the make-up artist would draw lines underneath her lashes, that looked like twigs. Tyra Banks mentioned this in Cycle 5 of America's Next Top Model, when Twiggy first became a judge for the series.

    • She originated the "Waif" look.

    • Her boyfriend at 16, Justin de Villeneuve, was her first manager.

    • Her Astrological sign is Virgo.

    • Twiggy is 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

    • She was the first teen model ever.

  • Quotes

    • (On Kate Moss)
      Twiggy: I love Kate, I think she is a brilliant, brilliant model.

    • Twiggy: I used to be a thing; I'm a person now.

    • Twiggy: I'm basically an up kind of person, not a depressive one. So whatever's happening, my head doesn't get that down and moody... I didn't get into a particularly swinging way of life, as the press would have liked to make out. We never went to parties because we hated them. I've really had a boring, ordinary life on the social level. I haven't been to all-night parties and I haven't had a million boyfriends and my favourite pastimes are still the same, sitting at home watching telly or going to a nice restaurant for dinner or having an evening at home sewing.

    • (talking about her career as a model)
      Twiggy: I loved it –it was like a dream come true, a fairy story. It was certainly better than going to school, which was the only other thing I'd ever done."

    • Twiggy: They called me an "elongated matchstick", "the original million-dollar baby doll". You were supposed to look like Brenda Lee, very curvy and round, pointed breasts and pointed toe shoes. In all these pictures of me around twelve I'm wearing a brassiere with Kleenex stuffed in it...Most of the pictures of me taken then, I hate now.

    • Twiggy: Life is about making choices: you can either spend three quid on a glossy magazine or you can spend it clearing three square metres of minefield and help give people their lives back. As simple as that.

    • (when she was asked why she was retiring she answered)
      Twiggy: You can't be a clothes hanger for your entire life!

    • Twiggy: I really remember very, very little of my disc "Beautiful dreams" - probably just as well! We did this record just after I had been "discovered" - we were inundated with offers from people saying "do this, do that". To be honest it was probably a bit of a mistake because I didn't know what I was doing. It was interesting to see that I did one that early - I didn't really start singing again until we did "The Boy Friend".

    • Twiggy: The sixties were a time when ordinary people could do extraordinary things...!

    • Twiggy: I was in the salon for about seven hours and they were cutting and colouring it, it was all extremely exciting for me. He was brilliant, I went from this mouse like brown to the colour which I have kept now.

    • Twiggy: I ate like a horse when I was younger, and not very sensibly, though no one ever believes that.

    • (in her 50 year birthday)
      Twiggy: God! I'm middle aged!

    • (talking about Harry Groener)
      Twiggy: He was a genius, and people should know his work. I just loved "Coward" to bits.

    • Twiggy: I need 10 hours of sleep per night. I don't think I could perform night after night if I didn't sleep that much. I come home, have a bite too eat because I'm usually absolutely ravenous, digest my meal, turn off all the phones, and go to bed.

    • Twiggy: People always think of me as the Sixties Girl, but I never think of myself that way. Quite honestly, I hated what I looked like in the Sixties; I thought the magazines that put me on their covers had all gone mad! I've always felt that some part of me came from the Twenties and the Thirties, the era I feel most comfortable with. I think my voice suits material from that time, and I just love the clothes.

    • (in responded to a journalist who told her she earned more than the prime minister)
      Twiggy : Do I?

    • Twiggy: I was very, very underdeveloped for my age, I hated what I looked like, so I thought everyone had gone stark raving mad.

    • Twiggy: What happened to me in the Sixties was so major and so worldwide and so huge, there's no way I can repeat it. But in a way, I had nothing to do with it, it just took me over. It was bizarre, it was weird, and I had no control over it. I don't think anyone could have planned what happened to me.

    • Twiggy: At sixteen, I was funny, skinny little thing, all eyelashes and legs. And then, suddenly people told me it was gorgeous. I thought they had gone mad.

    • Twiggy: I love exercise but I find it boring doing the same thing all the time, so I fluctuate between going to the gym, doing Pilates and taking dance lessons.

    • Twiggy: I'm not as skinny as I used to be, thank God. I'd look very strange if I was. I'm slim. I eat healthily because that's the way I prefer to eat and I'm sure it helps keep the weight off.

    • Twiggy: It's hard to see how anyone can fail to care about innocent children and animals being blown up by landmines.

    • Twiggy: Life is about making choices: you can either spend three quid on a glossy magazine or you can spend it clearing three square metres of minefield and help give people their lives back. As simple as that.

  • A living Fashion Icon.

    Twiggy is a classic old brit she has that accent that just makes her sound smart she could say the dumbest thing in the world and cause she's brithish it'll sound like Shakespera , lol. So she i think is the judge besides Tyra that i agree with the most everything she says about the girls i usually see the same thing she know what she talkin bout when it comes to Fashion and as a model she rocks the Mod World she is a Mod Icon thats Huge , now for those who dont know what mod is , its a Fashion with mini skirts , alot of black , turtle necks , u noe the kind of clothes bussie people wear to cafe's or they wear in england. anyways over all Twiggy is Fabulous , even if she dont know nothin about Pop culture in america , lol.moreless
  • LUV HER!

    as a judge for antm...i have to say she sucks cause janice was way way way better...she doesnt have much grace and always says the sameee...but i love her laugh

    she is a was model now but she still has a great body!!!!! and when i look at her pics of when she was young!!! omgg....its like she was a godess or something!! she is the bestt!!!!!!!!!

    and i love her charity work like for fighting against cancer, and in favour of finishing the wars (there is a spectacular quote i couldnt find) and she is against abortion which i find extremely rare these days!moreless