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Whatever Happened to Twiggy?

Whatever Happened to Twiggy?

Twiggy Lesley Lawson (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949) is an English model, actress, and singer widely known by the nickname Twiggy. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model in swinging sixties London.

She’s still got it! Supermodel Twiggy, 65, shows off her age-defying looks as she models her 70s inspired range for M&S.

By Bianca London for MailOnline

  • Twiggy has unveiled her colourful summer range for high street giant
  • Shows off her timeless looks and sense of style in shoot
  • Admits that she wouldn’t rule out cosmetic surgery

She is one of the world’s most iconic models and 50 years after first being discovered, Twiggy is still a timeless beauty.
Want proof? Just cast your eyes upon the 65-year-old’s new M&S campaign, which shows her modelling her summer collection for the high street giant.

Twiggy promises that her latest collection, which will be available on May 14, will instantly update your summer wardrobe with its chic colour palette, gorgeous prints and great silhouettes.

Supermodel Twiggy, 65, shows off her age-defying looks as she models her new summer range for M&S
Twiggy has long been working for the high street store – and has seemingly taken inspiration from the 70s trends seen on the catwalks this season.

Her new designs include a chic denim jacket, floral and feminine print dress and leopard-print trousers.

Whilst she looks flawless in the new shoot, the fashion stalwart has admitted that while she has never had cosmetic surgery, she hasn’t entirely ruled it out.
She told Woman Fashion magazine: ‘I haven’t had any cosmetic surgery – yet. I’m not saying I never would, but at the moment, I don’t feel I need to.

However, the model added: ‘But I am totally against Botox. Firstly, it’s poisonous – I don’t want botulism in my body thank you very much. Secondly, we don’t know the long-term effects. Doctors say it disappears in the body, but where? And I don’t like what it does to people’s faces.’

Twiggy has long been working for the high street giant – and has taken inspiration from the 70s trends seen on the catwalks this season

Her new designs include a chic jumpsuits, fun prints and on-trend sandals perfect for the summer season
Twiggy, who is married to actor Leigh Lawson, 69, takes a relaxed approach to ageing and seems at peace with her advancing years.

‘There’s nothing you can do about getting older. You’ve just got to accept it,’ she said. ‘It’s no good locking yourself away in a room and crying on your birthday.’

Twiggy’s short cropped haircut helped propel her to stardom in the swinging Sixties, but nearly 50 years later, she is embracing her longer locks and will not be pressured into cutting them short.

Twiggy – real name Lesley Hornby – has rubbished the beauty rule which says that as a women gets older, her hair should get shorter.

She has blonde hair that falls well past her shoulders and is the face of L’Oreal hair products.

Now and then: Twiggy’s short cropped haircut helped propel her to stardom in the swinging Sixties, but nearly 50 years later, she is embracing her longer locks and will not be pressured into cutting them short

Now and then: Twiggy’s short cropped haircut helped propel her to stardom in the swinging Sixties, but nearly 50 years later, she is embracing her longer locks and will not be pressured into cutting them short

Loved up: Twiggy has been married to actor Leigh Lawson since 1988 and the pair attended the premiere of Far From The Madding Crowd in London on Wednesday.



Posted by on January 22, 2018 in culture, personality



Weird Long Hair Today And Looking Back

Weird Long Hair Today And Looking Back

Martha Matilda Harper (September 10, 1857, Oakville, Ontario – August 3, 1950, Rochester, New York) was a Canadian-American businesswoman, entrepreneur, and inventor who built an international network of franchised hair salons that emphasized healthy haircare.

Prior to the 20th century, beauty was something that most women took care of on their own. Wealthy women had servants to take care of their hair, but the majority of women tended to their own hair. In the late 1800s, women began to enter the workforce in record numbers, largely because of the Industrial Revolution. Many women worked in factories alongside their male counterparts but were paid significantly less than men — there were no laws that dictated equal pay at that time.

Toward the end of the 19th century, beauty emerged as one of the few skilled occupations that provided women with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. Martha Matilda Harper was a prominent early example of the entrepreneurial female beautician. Harper came from humble beginnings, working as a servant from the age of 7. One of her employers, a physician, taught her about hair health. His teachings made Harper suspicious of the chemicals used in commercial shampoo and hair products, and it led her to develop her own hair tonic. She eventually saved enough of her earnings as a servant to open a salon, the Harper Method Shop, in 1888. She invented the first reclining shampoo chair and was the first to develop the idea of clients visiting a hair salon. Prior to the Harper Method Shop, beauticians made house calls.


Harper, who used photos of her own floor-length hair as her primary advertising method, was one of the forerunners of the modern franchise system. She opened a network of hair salons, each of which was owned and operated by a franchisee who was trained in the Harper Method. In their heyday, there were more than 500 Harper salons in operation, in addition to multiple Harper Method training schools. Harper pioneered the concept of the salon as we know it now.


This Real-Life Rapunzel Has 90-Inch-Long Locks

“I always talk to the braid respectfully.”

By David Moye
This Real-Life Rapunzel Has 90-Inch-Long Locks
“I always talk to the braid respectfully.”

By David Moye

Combing her hair is the main event of Alia Nasroya’s day.

Or should we say “mane” event?

The 27-year-old resident of Riga, Latvia, has 90-inch-long locks. As such, she spends a hair-raising amount of time doing her ‘do: One full hour of combing and a whole day to air dry on the days she washes her tresses, according to Barcroft TV.

Oh, and she carries 22 pounds of shampoo, conditioners, and combs when she travels.

Nasroya has spent the last 20 years trying to get her hair to be as long as her favorite fairy tale character, Rapunzel.

Nasroya’s husband, Ivan Balaban, is proud of her long locks, but does what he can to stay out of her hair ― literally.

“I am always cuddling up the wall to give more space for hair, so there is no way I can damage it accidentally, mix them up or harm it any other way,” he told Barcroft. TV.

“I always talk to the braid respectfully. Sometimes I ask it to move a bit.”

Although Nasroya is able to make a living modeling, she admits she’s had some pretty hairy experiences. 

“Once in my childhood when I was in theatre someone left gum in my hair, it was a tragedy,” she told Barcroft. “I had to cut out a clump of hair to get rid of this gum, because it was very difficult.”

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Posted by on December 28, 2017 in culture


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“The Penguins – Memories Of El Monte”


“Memories of El Monte”

is a metasong released in 1963 by the Penguins featuring Cleve Duncan. It was written by Frank Zappa and Ray Collins before they were in the Mothers of Invention. The song was first released as Original Sound 27.[2]


In 1960, Art Laboe released one of the first oldies compilations, Memories of El Monte, a collection of songs by bands that used to play at the dances Laboe organized at El Monte Legion Stadium in El Monte, California.[3]

At some point in the next few years, Ray Collins visited Frank Zappa at his house at 314 W. G Street in Ontario, California (34.070685°N 117.653339°W).[4] Frank told him that he and a friend had thought of writing a song entitled “Memories of El Monte.” Ray had been to the dances at El Monte Legion Stadium and had played there with tenor saxophonist Chuck Higgins. Ray sat down at Frank’s piano, played the “Earth Angel” chord changes and immediately came up with the first lyrics for “Memories of El Monte.”


Frank Zappa took the song to Art Laboe, who loved it. Laboe came up with the idea of adding a section that named doo-wop groups and having the Penguins impersonate their songs.[3] The song functions as a de facto advertisement for the collection Memories of El Monte when it references songs on the compilation.

“Memories of El Monte” was recorded at Paul Buff’s Pal Recording Studio in Cucamonga, California in 1963.[5] The song was copyrighted on February 20, 1963.[6]



Why High Heels?

Why High Heels?


Designed to make your legs look longer and slimmer, the high heel is certainly praised by a great many women. The legendary Marilyn Monroe was no exception, reputedly stating, “I don’t know who invented the high heel, but women owe him a lot.”

Whether high heels were actually invented by one particular person or simply part of cohort in design evolution, there’s one thing for sure – the high heeled shoe today is synonymous with feminine sexuality, and loved the world over by women of all ages.

But was this always the case?


It seems the Ancient Egyptians can take some credit for the invention of heels. Way back in 3500 BC, both men and women were wearing shoes that bore a striking resemblance to high heels. It’s also thought Egyptian butchers wore elevated shoes to keep their feet out of the animal’s blood.

Heels were also seen in Ancient Greece and Rome, with actors wearing shoes with high wooden or cork soles, known as Kothorni. These varied in height according to the status of the character. Prostitutes in Ancient Rome also wore heeled shoes as a way to identify themselves to potential clients.


Believed to have originated among the prostitutes of Venice, chopines reached the lofty height of 18 inches and were worn to give women an elevated status above her rivals, and to produce a sensuous way of walking to attract clients. Their popularity spread to the aristocracy of Italy and the Ottoman Empire, and were worn by men as a way of showing they were so wealthy, they didn’t have to worry about walking (which they saw as synonymous with work).


While some people believe high heels originated with chopines, others believe they were based on an Eastern design which allowed the feet of horse riders to straddle the stirrup. However, despite this ongoing debate, the first European to be documented wearing high heels was Queen Elizabeth I, who appeared in a portrait wearing a pair made of Spanish leather. These shoes were often tied with straps made from lace or ribbon, called latchets.

Note: Either way, the first documented wearer of European high heels is Queen Elizabeth I. She was painted wearing a pair, and in “Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d,” clothing historian Janet Arnold includes a list of the queen’s clothes from 1595, with “a payre of spanyshe lether shoes with highe heels and arches.”


Fast forward to 1660, and we see evidence of women’s shoes becoming more decorative and ornate. Materials such as silk, brocade, braid and velvet were used to decorate the shoes, which were often embellished with embroidery. Up until this point, men’s and women’s shoes had been virtually indistinguishable.

While Louboutin may have laid claim to the red sole, red heels first appeared at the court of Louis XIV of France, when Louis started a trend by wearing heels covered in red leather from Morocco.

The French court also gave us the Pompadour heel, which was named after King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour. The heels were narrow and curved and proved extremely difficult to walk in – perhaps one reason why these particular shoes were often confined to the boudoir. Despite this, women loved the design, and their popularity soon spread across Europe.

Average heel heights were half an inch in 1851, and rose to two and a half inches less than ten years later. With the invention of brass heel pieces later in the century, even higher heels were achievable. During this period the classic ‘court shoe’ appeared, with a simple front without any form of ties.


Following World War II, Christian Dior brought the classic French style of shoe back to popularity, by taking the court shoe, and adding a much higher heel and more ornate touches. It was at this time the iconic stiletto was born – when Dior shoe designer Roger Vivier used new plastic heel pieces to create the towering look. The stiletto was both slender and incredibly strong, and was nicknamed “the needle”. Based on the exceptionally thin heels depicted in WWII pin up art, women wore stilettos to recreate the eroticism of the pin up look.

Further read here: The history of high heels — from Venice prostitutes to stilettos | New


Very high heels lost some of their popularity during the sixties, and the seventies was a time for the reemergence of the platform shoe. It wasn’t until the 1980s that high heels became a ubiquitous sight in the business world. During the decade of the ‘yuppies’, professional women used towering high heels as a way to show they could combine business acumen with the power of sex appeal.

Note:  Why Are Powerful Women Icons Always Wearing High Heels?

By: Maddle Crum (

From “Veep” to “House of Cards,” power women in pop culture choose style over comfort, even when they have to think on their feet.


Today any style of shoe and height of heel is acceptable, but still high heels are seen as the ultimate choice when it comes to dressing to impress. Just take a look at any red carpet event and you’ll see women wearing all kinds of dazzling creations, using them to express their unique sense of style.

Despite the beautiful and powerful way heels can make you feel when you wear them, one thing has remained the same as heel styles have changed across the ages: the joyous feeling of taking them off at the end of the day. 

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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in culture, historic, nostalgic



“BEAUTY SECRETS Of The 1950’s! (w/selected highlights)”

“BEAUTY SECRETS Of The 1950’s! (w/selected highlights)”

What Your 1950s Beauty Routine Would Have Looked Like, According To Judy Blume


In these modern times, we have arguably developed a great love for all things vintage: Vintage clothing, vintage shoes, vintage hairstyles, and even vintage furniture. You may be someone who has the vintage “look” down pat, but have you ever wondered what a vintage ’50s beauty routine would actually be like? I have been reading Judy Blume’s most recent novel in the Unlikely Event.

The story takes place in the early 1950s, focusing on the lives of several people affected by the plane crashes that took place in Elizabeth, New Jersey at the time. In between all of the “unlikely events” that occur, the book does a wonderful job of providing all sorts of little details about life in the ’50s, including ones about the lead female protagonist’s shopping and beauty routines.

Personally, I was amazed to realize just how different things were back then. I mean, sure, we may achieve the same “vintage look and style” in 2015 as they did back then (think pinup dresses, dramatic winged eyeliner, and red lips Marilyn Monroe-style) but the actual methods, routines, and products we use are extremely different today than those of the actual ’50s. Since a lot of us possess a love for all things retro, let’s take a look at seven examples of what your beauty and shopping routine would look like if you lived in the ’50s, according to Judy Blume.

1. Baths And All-Purpose Soap Bars

A lot of us hop into the shower first thing in the morning. If you lived in the ’50s, however, Blume’s books imply that you’d most likely be taking a bath instead. Forget using your special soaps from your favorite mall shop as well. You’d most likely be using an  all-purpose bar soap (Palmolive, Sunlight, or a Fels-Naptha soap bar, to name a few) to rinse away the daily grime. These bars were also used for laundry, believe it or not

2. Primp And Powder

When it came to makeup, there was no Ulta available for you to pick up your liquid foundation and contouring set at. Instead, you’d probably be purchasing an all-in-one base and powder in a compact form. According to the Hair And Makeup Artist Handbook, Max Factor, Revlon, Pond, and Avon were the most popular skincare and cosmetic brands at the time.

Most likely, you’d also own a Volupté compact: A decorated compact case that contained powder and a puff. A little blush, winged eyeliner (if you were going for a glamorous look), mascara, and a shade of red lipstick (none of the crazy colors we rock today) would have been applied to your face to complete the perfect look.

3. A Wondrous Wardrobe

If you lived in the ’50s, your closet was likely filled with cardigans and sweater sets, blouses with embroidered collars, dresses with ballerina-length hems and cinched waists (for an hourglass look), pencil skirts, pleated shorts, saddle shoes (also known as “casual Oxfords”), heels (for dressier occasions), pantyhose, nylons, slips, girdles, and a pair of cat-eye glasses or two. It’s possible that your clothing would also be made of natural materials, such as cotton and/or wool. Looking “glamorous” was all the rage, so you would frequently dress to present in a “put together” kind of way.

4. Department Store Shopway

In the ’50s, “malls” weren’t really a thing yet. According to The Guardian, the first mall ever built in America was actually the Southdale Shopping Center in Edina, Minnesota, which opened in 1956. Chances are that back in the ’50s you would have shopped at independently owned stores near where you lived.

For a more elevated shopping experience, however, department stores were much more popular. These were usually located in the downtown area of larger cities, and visiting one would likely feel much more like an “outing” and a “treat” than it does today.

5. Lingerie Stores

Back in the day, folks didn’t have quite as an elaborate selection of bras and underwear as we do today. Young girls mainly wore plain, white cotton bras and underwear that you would buy from the department store. However, women of the ’50s were in love with with glamour and the hourglass waist look, so corsets and girdles were extremely popular, along with silk slips and nylons. If you wanted to buy any of these items, you had to head over to a special lingeriestore (which sold more glamorous undergarments) to buy a half slip for $3.99.

6. Spend Your Evening In A Nightgown

After you took off your saddle shoes, clothing, nylons, and girdle at the end of the day, chances are you’d slip into something much more comfortable: A Lanz nightgown, which was all the rage and the “nighttime fashion” of the time.
                                                                                        7. Set Your Curls

The most popular way to style your hair was cut short or just above the shoulders, worn lose and glamorously waved, or curled (think bob, bubble cut, poodle cut, bouffant, pageboy or pixie cut). Most women would set their hair in curlers and sleep with them in overnight, either using foam, pin, or rag rollers. Some would even cover their hair with a cap to protect the locks while they slept. Others still would simply try to sleep as still as they possibly could.Well, it certainly takes a lot to be glamorous. Some things never change.

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“What’s My Line? – Carol Burnett; Cyril Ritchard [panel] (May 7, 1961)”

Main Rounds

In each What’s My Line? game, a contestant would enter the stage and sign in his/her name, by virtue of the host saying, “Will you enter & sign in please?” After that, he/she sat down at a desk next to the host. The game would begin by having the home audience be shown what’s his/her line, and the host afterwards told the panel a clue which is usually “deals in a service” or “self-employed”, something like those. Now the panelists in turn asked yes-or-no questions to the contestant which would hopefully lead to the right line. Each time the panelist in control got a yes answer, his/her turn continued, but if at any time the panelist in control got a no answer, he/she loses his/her turn and control passed to the next panelist in line; the contestant will also receive $5. Upon a no answer, the host would say the famous catchphrase “# down, # to go” (Ex: 2 down, 8 to go). Sometimes a question would have the host make a brief explanation which can lead to either a yes or no answer. A panelist can be allowed to pass his/her turn without penalty; other times the panel can call a conference. If the panel can guess the right line, they won the game, but if they got ten no answers, the contestant stumped the panel and won the game and a maximum total of $50. Often, the host would throw the cards over (end the game) when time was running short or any other reason.

In the syndicated run, the contestant would demonstrate or perform the product or service in question.



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WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS ….America’s Salt History

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS ….America’s Salt History

Morton Salt is an American company producing salt for food, water conditioning, industrial, agricultural, and road/highway use. Based in Chicago,[1] the business is North America’s leading producer and marketer of salt. It is a subsidiary of the German company K+S.
The company began in Chicago, Illinois, in 1848 as a small sales agency, E. I. Wheeler, started by the Onondaga salt companies to sell their salt to the Midwest. In 1910, the business, which had by that time become both a manufacturer and a merchant of salt, was incorporated as the Morton Salt Company.[2] It was named after the owner and founder, Joy Morton, the son of J. Sterling Morton[3] who founded Arbor Day. Joy Morton starting working for E. I. Wheeler in 1880, buying into the company for $10,000, with which he bought a fleet of lake boats to move salt west.[4] In 1982, the business was purchased by Thiokol Corporation, producing Morton Thiokol Incorporated (MTI). Morton Thiokol divested itself of Morton in 1989, following the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which was blamed on Morton Thiokol products. Morton received the company’s consumer chemical products divisions, while Thiokol retained only the space propulsion systems concern.

In 1999

Morton Salt

was acquired by the Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas Company, Inc. and operated as a division of that company[2] along with the Canadian Salt Company (which Morton had acquired in 1954).[3]

On 2 April 2009, it was reported that Morton Salt was being acquired by German fertilizer and salt company K+S for a total enterprise value of US$1.7bn.[5] The sale, completed by October 2009, was in conjunction with the Dow Chemical Company’s takeover of Rohm and Haas.[6][7][8]

More on Morton salt history:

How A Little Girl Grew Up To Be An Icon

Watch “Morton Salt Girl’s 100th Birthday” on YouTube


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