Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thinspired by Twiggy

Birth Name

Leslie Hornby


5' 6" (1.68 m)


91 pounds

Mini Biography

The one and only ├╝bermodel of the late 1960s who made skinny an "inny" was born Leslie Hornby in Twickenham, Middlesex, England on September 19, 1949, one of three daughters of William Norman and Helen Hornby. By blending pop art with fashion, the doe-eyed, pouty-lipped gamin with the angelic puss and boyish crop took the industry by storm at age 17 defining the age of "flower power" almost singlehandedly. She was the unassuming Cockney lass who "launched a thousand shapes" and forever replaced the voluptuous image of what modeldom had once been all about. She originally was nicknamed "Sticks" because of her reed-thin figure, but then switched it to "Twigs" and, finally, "Twiggy." A model for a scant four years, she had never even walked the runways by the time she exploded onto the scene. Educated at the Kilburn High School for Girls, her look and image was an instant globular sensation. She was even imitated by Mattel when they issued a "Twiggy Barbie" in 1967 and by Milton Bradley who created a board game out of her. Lunch boxes, false eye lashes, tights, sweaters, tote bags and paper dolls -- all these bore her famous moniker. In her prime she graced the covers of Vogue and Tatler, and even had her own American publication "Her Mod, Mod Teen World." The "psychedelic '60s" would not have been the same without her.

Was regarded as "the face" of 1960s swinging London and gained her nickname from her stick-thin pubescent figure.

Measurements: 31AA-22-32 (at age 17), 32-23-32 (during peak of her 60s modeling career)

Looks like i'm not the only one who's been inspired by Twiggy. Here's a couple pictures of Keira Knightley (another of my all-time favorite thinspos) paying homage to the supermodel of the 60's.

For a particularly interesting article on Twiggy, click here.


  1. i love twiggy, she's so pretty and is such an inspiration.

  2. wow she's so pretty
    and to believe she started it all!
    so very inspirational

  3. I want to be Twiggy so bad, but I put on false eyelashes and I look like a drag queen :)

    Maybe some day.

    AMAZING post. As usual! Also, you're sidebar pictures are looking wonderful!!

  4. Twiggy was so thin. jummy i want to bee like that. nice fragile, with perfect skin and appearance

    Hope you are doing great on your ABC i am sure you can do it. you have so much determination...

    and i just love all your talks with ana they remind me the talks i have with her.

    take care