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‘I never wanted that 60s haircut’: Twiggy

It was the hairstyle that helped launch her career in the Swinging Sixties. 

But Twiggy says she never wanted the famous, much-imitated crop look – she was just too shy to say no.

The future supermodel was 16 and an unknown north-west London schoolgirl called Lesley Hornby when she was given the trendy experimental style by Leonard of Mayfair and had her picture taken by a professional photographer.

A fashion reporter noticed the image on the salon wall and featured her in an article as The Face of ’66. Twiggy, 70, told Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast: ‘I went in to have it shampooed and set and Leonard saw me and he said, “Let me do my new haircut on you”. I’d been growing my hair.

‘For a moment I kind of went, “I don’t know whether I want my hair cut”. But I was in this very posh salon in Mayfair so I was a bit too shy to say I don’t want it done, and I kind of nodded.

‘The nickname Twiggy… my boyfriend’s brother used to call me to annoy me,’ she explained. ‘Once it was written in the paper it went stupid and within six months I was in Paris.’

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