She was catapulted to superstardom as the face of the swinging sixties.
And Twiggy proved she still had it as she strutted her stuff down the catwalk at MAC Cosmetic’s The Face Show at Outernet during London Fashion Week on Sunday.
The iconic model, 73, oozed sophistication in a chic silver suit which boasted satin sleeves and wide legged trousers.
Twiggy -whose real name is Dame Lesley Lawson – layered the stylish jacket over a crisp white shirt and forwent heels, opting instead for a pair of comfy trainers.
The stunner showcased her ageless beauty and sported a glamorous make-up palette with her blonde tresses style in loose waves.
Back with a bang: Twiggy, 73, proved she still had it as she strutted her stuff down the catwalk at MAC Cosmetic’s The Face Show at Outernet during L ondon Fashion Week on Sunday
Style: The iconic model oozed sophistication in a chic silver suit which boasted satin sleeves and wide legged trousers.
Twiggy, who was dubbed ‘the first supermodel’, has has been recalling moments from her life ahead of the launch of a musical about her rise to fame.
She had a brief romance with a boy from school, which ended in rejection almost as soon as it had begun.
‘We only went to the cinema once because a few days later he rang me up to tell me he wanted to buy a scooter.
Then he added, ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t afford a girlfriend and buy a scooter,’ she says, shaking with laughter. ‘So I got dumped for a scooter.’
As the latest figure to have her life story turned into a musical by Ben Elton – who has previously tackled cultural icons Shakespeare (in Upstart Crow) and Queen (the band, not the monarch, in We Will Rock You) – Twiggy is tickled by the idea that her life, which no one could have scripted, is being given the stage treatment. She can see why Ben, a family friend, was intrigued.
What happened to me was a fairy tale. It was wonderful and it wasn’t choreographed or planned at all. And, listen, I was as shocked as everybody else. I was a schoolgirl, a funny-looking kid.
”All the things you moan about – I thought I was too thin, and I was desperate for a big bust – I had them. I had a thing about my legs. I used to think they were funny little legs. But they became my fortune.’
One of the key scenes in the show will doubtless involve the now-legendary trip to the posh Mayfair salon where the 16-year-old Twiggy was offered a new style.
Effortless: Twiggy -whose real name is Dame Lesley Lawson – layered the stylish jacket over a crisp white shirt and forwent heels, opting instead for a pair of comfy trainers
Strut: The stunner showcased her ageless beauty and sported a glamorous make-up palette with her blonde tresses style in loose waves
Gorgeous: Twiggy couldn’t wipe the huge smile off her face
She didn’t necessarily want a new haircut, but says she was ‘too shy’ to say no to legendary hairdresser Leonard Lewis, better known as Leonard of Mayfair. She emerged with the pixie cut that would lead to her being hailed as ‘The Face of 1966’.
Yet she tells me that when she pitched up at home with this now-iconic hairdo, her mother was not impressed.
‘She was quite upset. She said it was just like an elf’s cap on top of my head. ‘Oh dear,’ she said, ‘they’ve spoiled your lovely hair.’ But I just jigged around in front of her and she soon had to agree it was much more me.’
Her private life has been equally colourful. The relationship with Justin ended in 1973. She married American actor Michael Whitney in 1977 and their daughter Carly was born in 1978. His alcoholism all but destroyed their marriage, and he died in 1983. ‘Horrible as it was, you learn a lot from it,’ she says. ‘But it was very sad for Carly, losing her father.’
She’s been married to actor Leigh Lawson since 1988. So what’s the secret of that relationship, which could have been complicated (he too had a child from a previous relationship)?
Model good looks: She was catapulted to superstardom as the face of the swinging sixties (pictured in 1965)
Twiggy is the latest figure to have her life story turned into a musical by Ben Elton (pictured) – who has previously tackled cultural icons Shakespeare and Queen
‘I’ve got a gorgeous husband who I adore. If somebody is talented it’s very attractive. And he still makes me laugh!’
She fears for youngsters who crave the things that landed in her lap. ‘I didn’t set out to be famous. You see kids on the telly and they say, “I want to be famous.”
‘Not that they want to be a wonderful writer or singer or tap dancer. That’s madness. For lots of famous people fame hasn’t been good for them. It has destroyed them.’
But not her, the ultimate survivor of the 60s. Her real secret is that she doesn’t obsess about those days.
‘People always seem to think I’m always thinking about the 60s, but I never do from one day to the next. Unless, of course, I’m asked.’
- Close-Up: The Twiggy Musical opens at Menier Chocolate Factory in London on 27 September, with previews from 18 September