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In the mid-1960s, Twiggy became one of the world's first supermodels and the face of London's "mod" scene.
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With her thin build and wide eyes, Twiggy became one of the world's first supermodels and face of London’s "swinging sixties" mod scene. She has also made numerous appearances on TV, and her films include The Boy Friend (1971), The Blues Brothers (1981) and Madame Sousatzka (1989). She is an advocate of animal welfare and is also recognized for her support of breast cancer research groups.
Fashion model, actress, and singer. Born Lesley Hornby on September 19, 1949 in London, England. At the age of 16, Twiggy became one of the world's first supermodels and face of the "swinging sixties" in London's Carnaby Street mod scene -- with her thin build and wide eyes.
Twiggy has made numerous appearances on television, and her films include The Boy Friend (1971), The Blues Brothers (1981), and Madame Sousatzka (1989). In 2001 she was briefly co-presenter of ITV's popular This Morning program.
In 1977, Twiggy married actor Michael Witney and the couple had one daughter, Carly. Witney had a heart attack and died in 1983. She married her second husband, Leigh Lawson in 1984. She is an advocate of animal welfare and is also recognized for her support of breast cancer research groups.
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