Weird History

Twiggy Ushered In A New Era Of Beauty Standards When She Was Discovered In A Hair Salon In 1966

Women's 1950s fashion included such conservative and traditional staples as full circle skirts, stockings, and gloves. When Twiggy fashion appeared - seemingly out of nowhere in 1966 - the entire industry got tossed on its bouffant-styled head.

As the face and thin frame associated with some of the best fashions from the '60s, Twiggy sported a pixie haircut, applied several pairs of false eyelashes at once, and wore a miniskirt like no one else. Despite the fact she was only 16 when discovered, the fashion world couldn't get enough of Twiggy. She appeared in magazines all over the world, eventually taking a promotional tour in the US and starting a line of merchandise that plastered her likeness on bags, lunchboxes, and dolls.

Born Lesley Hornby, Twiggy was very different from the models who appeared in magazines at the time. While most models were curvaceous and promoted glamorous clothes for wealthy consumers, Twiggy was from a working-class family, spoke with a rough Cockney accent, and promoted accessible, everyday clothing on her extremely thin frame. She played a big role in London's ascension to a hub of art and fashion. As young women adopted playful clothing and hairstyles in order to break away from their mothers' traditional looks, Twiggy helped popularize short hemlines, loud prints, and acid colors.

Although her career only lasted four years before she retired to pursue other interests, the Twiggy 1960s revolution changed everything. Long after the model appeared on the cover of Vogue, her slender frame - promoted by the media as the female ideal - is still under fire for being unrealistic. Although the blame for this lies with many, it was a 16-year-old girl who didn't consider herself beautiful that changed women's fashion forever.