Iconic supermodel Twiggy started out as a haircut test subject

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Alex PoucherAlex Poucher

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Born in London in 1949, Lesley Hornby was 16 years old when she visited the salon of famous hairstylist Leonard of Mayfair, where she received an experimental new crop cut. A photographer took some headshots of the new ‘do, and Leonard hung them in his salon, where they were noticed by a fashion reporter from the Daily Express.

Soon thereafter, the teenager was featured in the paper as “The Face of ’66.”

The narrow-framed Hornby, whose childhood nickname had been “Twigs,” soon had a burgeoning modeling career under the name Twiggy. Her thin, androgynous figure, her boyish haircut, and her dark and heavy eyelashes set her apart from other models of the time, and within months she had appeared in Vogue and other leading publications Read more…

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