Dame Twiggy Lawson tells Jack White about becoming a Dame, her imminent 70th birthday and the time she met Fred Astaire…
When she’s not sharing how husband Leigh Lawson feels about burgundy nails – “he hates them, he always says it looks like I’ve caught my fingers in the door” – or complaining in jest about a suit jacket having fake pockets, which is, in her words, “quite boring”, Twiggy is singing – today she’s got Always on my Mind stuck in her head. Despite her incredible 54-year career – from being branded The Face of ’66 to becoming a Dame earlier this year – there are no airs and graces. During the breaks it’s shoes off, slippers on and a nice cup of tea and, as Twiggy takes us down memory lane, it’s like sitting down for a chat with an old friend…
When the letter about my damehood came through, I had no prior inkling at all.
Often one thinks people know what’s going to happen – I didn’t! It came about a month before Christmas and I didn’t really think much when I started to open it. It was the morning and my husband and I were in the same room, and I kind of went, “Oh my God! Oh no, oh no!” And he said, “What’s the matter?’ I said, “No, no, no, I think it’s good.” Because it was such a surprise.
They give you a number to call because it’s a lot to take in and I wasn’t 100% sure what it meant.
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