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"The face of '66"
1966: Twiggy photographed at Heathrow airport
Twiggy was the epitome of style, elegance and was dubbed as the 'face of '66' by the Daily Express.

She is also widely seen as the first ever international super-model and became an icon of the 1960s and 70s.

Her career later developed into acting and television presenting, and now she's looking ahead to Christmas and another season in panto.


It may be the height of the holiday season, but Twiggy is already looking forward to her next project: a return to pantomime at Christmas.

She will be starring in "Jack And The Beanstalk" at the Theatre Royal, Brighton from December 8.

Back on the catwalk in 2002

It will the second time that she has done panto.

In 2002, Twiggy returned to the catwalk for Gattinoni's Spring-Summer 2003 fashion collection in Milan, Italy.

She's maintained her link with the world of modelling as a judge on US programme "America's Next Top Model".

Twiggy also models for Kay's mail order catalogue, and will be appearing in the BBC's new drama adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming Of The Shrew.

Following on from the well received contemporary versions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the BBC will be adapting and updating a selection of Shakespeare's plays for the small screen.

Twiggy will play the role of the mother in the contemporary version of Taming Of The Shrew. It will be broadcast in the Autumn schedules.

"The face of '66"

Twiggy's own website tells the story of how became known as the "face of '66".

"She's a funny little thing" - Twiggy today, describing her former self.

On Breakfast, Twiggy said that the girl- model of the sixties seems like another person:

"She's such a funny little thing - we're talking a long time ago".

Back in 1966, Lesley Hornby was about to change her name and experience her first taste of fame which all began on a January afternoon and a trip to Leonard's hair salon in Mayfair.

Leonard hung up some photos of the teenager in his salon and Deidre McSharry of the Daily Express saw them and after a visit to her office and an article, Twiggy was declared the face of 66:

"The Cockney Kid with a face to launch a thousand shapes... and she's only 16! - The Daily Express, February 23rd 1966".

Merchandise, trips to America, singles and modelling assignments followed, and that saw the start of the process which was to establish Twiggy as the ultimate style icon of the 1960s and 70s.


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