A newly published author in 2008, I prioritized increasing my visibility, while adding to my credibility, by binge-writing my way out of obscurity. One way I sought to do this—operative word “one”—was to hone in on growing up during the Sixties. I penned my first memoir, “A Mini Tribute to Twiggy,” and submitted it for publication at The Sixties Official Site over ten years ago.
At that time, the webmaster, Carl Hoffman, graciously invited me to write more, offering to set up my own page there. I eagerly accepted and turned out a memoir every week for approximately two years, contributing 100 in total.
At the urging of a friend, I compiled most of the original memoirs, give or take a few, into a nonfiction collection, published in 2017—100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s.
Here’s the aforementioned first memoir, pretty much intact as the original I submitted to the Sixties website:
#1 – A Mini Tribute to Twiggy
“The Face of ‘66”—that’s what London’s Daily Express called Leslie Hornby (Twiggy) at the age of 16. Skinny, waiflike, hair chopped into a boyish cut, the modish ingénue became the world’s first supermodel, and at the same time, my heroic icon.
Twiggy allowed me to become a trendsetter my freshman year of high school. While most of my teen peers were ironing their long hair straight after the Beatles made landfall in America, it became Greaser passé for me to backcomb or rat tease my hair to dizzying heights. While most girls my age developed curves and began to veer into the fast lane, I was rake thin and bookish. Kids in my homeroom affectionately called me “Skinny Bones” or “The Brain.”
Twiggy’s debut on the model runway put everything in perspective for me. Suddenly, I transformed into one of the cutest kids in ninth grade sporting my new chic Vidal Sassoon haircut with a peek-a-boo wave, and showing off my fawn legs in fishnet stockings as I sashayed down the classroom aisles in miniskirts.
Today, Twiggy Lawson still offers us Sixties Chicks inspiration with her ethereal beauty, chic manner of dress, and super achievements through acting and singing. Twiggy herself is quoted as saying, “The Sixties were a time when ordinary people could do extraordinary things.”
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