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Sunday, June 03, 2007



Everybody's favorite forgotten supermodel, Twiggy! Women can probably thank Twiggy more than just about any other source for today's impossible dieting standards. Twiggy put the "Ahhh..." in Anorexia.

Here is a great video of Twiggy dancing and modelling in the late 60's. (Video will open in the window below.) Also some videos of Twiggy singing, "Here I go again", "Beautiful Dreams", and "In my life" from the Muppet Show. I also found some swingin' Twiggy photo tributes: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

If you are going to hang out with Twiggy, You will need to acclimatize yourself to the era. Start with "The Groovy 60s", "The Swinging sixties", and this handy video on "60's Fashion".

If you are going to immerse yourself in the swingin' 60's modeling scene, you can get yourself in the groove with this glamorous photoshoot scene from the film "Blow-up". I also found this odd video called "Twiggy Twiggy", which is supposed to be the inspiration for Jean Luc Godard´s cult movie "Breathless". Some girls of the 60's, like Edie Sedgwick, kept their figures trim with heavy doses of heroin and pop art! Here are a couple of very short videos of one of Twiggy's risque contemporaries, Edie. [ 1 | 2 ]

What was the best part of the 60's? Was it Woodstock? Was it the Beatles? Psychedelic drugs? First man on the Moon? The film "Easy Rider"? NO! The best part of the 60's was definitely MINI-SKIRTS! But the next best thing to mini-Skirts is video clips of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In! The cast included Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Goldie Hawn, Henry Gibson, Joanne Worley, Gary Owens and Alan Sues!
[ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ]

Even President Nixon guest starred on Laugh-In!


Update: Marius wrote up a great profile, "60s Pop Icon: Twiggy".

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At Sun Jun 03, 10:39:00 AM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

Forgotten? How can you say that? Twiggy may have been one of the great wonderful reasons in recent modeling history as to why we have such a BMI epidemic.

At Sun Jun 03, 11:59:00 AM, Blogger DCup said...

Never shall I be a Twiggy. Never was. Perhaps two to six weeks after death, I will shrink to the size of Twiggy - if I'm not already a pile of ashes.

But Laugh-In! What a show. We used to beg to stay up to watch it.

At Sun Jun 03, 01:50:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Angry Ballerina: Well, the younger bulemics just don't remember the strides and efforts that the early bulemics had to go through, just so bulemics today can take a second look at their lunch today. Nobody remembers the bulemics that cleared the way for young bulemics today.

Dcup: Do you know what nobody ever talks about when they talk about Twiggy? Her eyes. She has HUGE eyes. That is the feature that she has that the camera loves. Skinny models are actually dime-a-dozen, then and now. Everybody always talks about how skinny she was, and she was actually kind of poorly proportioned, skinny or not. But it is all about her eyes, no matter what anybody tells you.

I wasn't allowed to watch Laugh-In. I used to watch it peering from around the corner of the staircase. I used to watch some of my best TV that way! It was worth the spanking when I got caught. I'd be right back the following night.

At Sun Jun 03, 01:59:00 PM, Anonymous Tengrain said...

Dr. Z -

I used to sneak down the stairs and watch TV using the hall mirror that would reflect the TV. The trouble, of course, was that I would fall asleep on the stairs, and that became the start of my using sleepwalking to explain my mysterious disappearance from my room.

Ah, youth.


At Sun Jun 03, 04:01:00 PM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

True, eating disorders have come a long way. Something to strive for D Cup

At Sun Jun 03, 05:08:00 PM, Blogger Marius said...

Laugh-in! Goldie was just . . . well, golden! I never quite understood how Twiggy became so successful. As you mentioned, Dr. Z, her eyes were just very expressive. I'm sure that explains part of it.

Anyway, this is one of the coolest posts I've read in a while. Your blog rocks, by the way!

At Mon Jun 04, 03:09:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Tengrain: So you saw all of the credits in reverse! I tried to the sleepwalking excuse exactly once. My parents made it very clear that they were not going to fall for that one, young man. And I never fell asleep on the stairs, the whole point of hiding was to avoid getting into trouble.

Angry Ballerina: Ha! You are suggesting that DCup should strive for an eating disorder? And yet I get in trouble for fictional mutant soldiers?

Marius: Thank you, sir. Marius has written up a great profile, "60s Pop Icon: Twiggy".

At Mon Jun 04, 08:15:00 AM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

if Dcup started starving herself, then she would have to change her name to Bcup, due to the face her D's would diminish greatly.

At Mon Jun 04, 08:15:00 AM, Blogger angry ballerina said...


At Mon Jun 04, 10:12:00 AM, Blogger DCup said...

AB - This is going to offend some people, but oh, if I could starve myself. It should be easy for a control freak like me to do it, but I've tried and failed. So now I'm hopped up on amphetamines and have started exercising again.

It seems cruel to joke about it, but there it is. The constant pressure to be thinner. I'm short and I'm about 55 pounds over the national standard healthy weight for someone of my height and bone structure.

The Honey says 110 pounds is too thin and yes I'd definitely have to change my name to BCup.

I'd be happy to eat healthy and sensibly exercise my way to 125lbs. But that would require fruits and veggies to taste like chocolate and exercise to feel like sex.

At Mon Jun 04, 10:15:00 AM, Blogger DCup said...

I almost forgot - we were t.v. sneaks, too! We used to sneak down the hallway and listen to Laugh-In, The Carol Burnett Show and Love American Style. We couldn't see the t.v. because of its position in the family room, but we could hear enough to get busted for laughing sometimes.

At Mon Jun 04, 01:42:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Angry Ballerina: I would actually go so far as to say that comment borders on a social klutziness. ;o)

DCup: Everybody is thin on the internet. I had to take a stupid health class in college, and I had to walk two mile a day three days a week. I hated it. The teacher said that we would lose weight, sleep better, and have a better outlook on life. I thought that was so stupid.

After a couple of months of this stupid regime, I lost weight, slept better, and had a better outlook on life. I hate it when teachers are right.

The teacher also said that drugs and dieting don't work, only exercise really works. And you can't expect to lose more than 3-5 pounds a month. If you are on a diet and losing all kinds of weight really fast, it is not going stay off, according to the teacher. There was all kinds of science stuff to back up her claims. I hated that teacher.

And sneaking down to watch TV, you are right, I remember now - that was how I got busted! I would start laughing at something on the program!

At Mon Jun 04, 03:35:00 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Now I have Twiggy, Twiggy, Twiggy vs James Bond by Pizzicatto Five going through my head! Now that was a great song!

At Tue Jun 05, 06:37:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

I found the lyrics, in English and in Japanese!

sanjikan mo matte ita no yo
watashi neko to issho ni

sono toki denwa no beru ga
watashi neko mitai ni shabetta
terebi no volume sagete
watashi uso mitai na koe de

twiggy no mini skirt de
twiggy mitai na pose de
twiggy no mini skirt de
twiggy mitai ni yassepochi no watashi
I was waiting for about three hours
My cat and I

At the time the phone rang
And I chatted away just like my cat
I turned down the TV and
Talked in a fake voice

In a Twiggy mini-skirt
In a Twiggy-like pose
In a Twiggy mini-skirt
Skinny like Twiggy, that's me


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