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Hair Trends Through History: Twiggy
Before the word “supermodel” became synonymous with leggy bombshells and video vixens, there was a young Brit named Lesley Hornby with doe eyes, long lashes, and a chic, androgynous face. One fateful haircut and a chance snapshot later, Lesley began her ascent to mod model fame as Twiggy.
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Twiggy’s rise to the top was connected to 1960s counter culture and its implications for women. In London, expectations about how women should look were transforming, and a short haircut was a radical departure from the norm. With her shift dresses, sullen pout, and lined eyes, Twiggy personified a cool new aesthetic instead of the “girl next door.” Her bold short cut represented the new choices that women were gaining in this era.
An important lesson to take from this supermodel’s transformation is to experiment. Twiggy took a risk by defying accepted standards of beauty in her time. In doing so, she created her signature look and redefined “cool” for an entire generation.
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The pixie has become timelessly popular because it’s versatile and elegant. Modern celebrities who have rocked this short ‘do include Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Goldie Hawn, Carey Mulligan, and Jennifer Hudson, showing that pixies look fabulous in all hues and hair textures.
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Translate Twiggy’s swinging 60s look into an up-to-date look for your own locks. Read our guide for choosing the right short haircut to flatter the shape of your face. A pixie cut can flatter any face shape with the right layering and texture, so discuss what you want with your stylist. Pair with a classic shift dress as a nod to this historical hair pioneer.