Twiggy: A reduced-weight phenomenon
She was flat-chested, her arms were rail-thin and her hair was cut like a boy’s. Twiggy was indeed the total opposite of what a woman was expected to look like during the 60s. In fact, her body was so slender that it was hard to tell whether she was a woman or a child. Yet that didn’t stop her from becoming a sex symbol as well as an international fashion phenomenon of unprecedented magnitude.
Unsurprisingly, Twiggy – with her heavily mascaraed eyelashes and almost prepubescent figure – is often considered synonymous with the swinging sixties: a turbulent decade that witnessed both Beatlemania and the birth of the mini-skirt. In fact, much of the sexuality of the 'mini' had its origins in the innocent, ‘Lolita-like’ image of the long-legged Twiggy.