Twiggy says she was “too scared” of eating sushi as a teen model

Twiggy is known for being one of the most iconic models of all time, but she was invited to Japan in the Swinging Sixties and didn’t particularly like the food

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Twiggy has revealed that as a teenage model, she was too scared to eat sushi.

The 72-year-old got the opportunity to visit Japan in the Swinging Sixties when she was just 17 years old.

But she said the thought of eating raw fish back then was “insane” — especially since she’d only eaten her mother’s food up until then.

Speaking on her podcast Tea With Twiggy, the iconic model said: “When I was 17, way, way back in the mid 60’s, I was asked to go to Japan.

“I’m from North West London and my mother really only cooked. So you can imagine this girl from Neasden sitting in a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo.”

Twiggy in 1966, the year she was discovered


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When she first saw the Japanese delicacy, Twiggy said, “The thought of eating raw fish. I thought that was madness.”

But it seems her tastes have changed with age as she admitted she loves sushi now.

“I mean, I love it now, but I didn’t eat it then. I was too scared. But I succumbed to it a few years later because we know it’s wonderful.”

One of the most iconic models of all time, Twiggy changed fashion forever


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Twiggy, real name Lesley Dawson, rose to fame in the 1960s after being discovered at the age of 16.

Daily Express fashion editor Deirdre McSharry walked into a hair salon in Mayfair and declared her the “face of 1966” after spotting her photo on the wall.

After being featured in the newspaper, Twiggy rose to worldwide fame, modeling in Japan, France and America.

Although he was working class, the then-teenager also graced the covers of high-society magazines like Vogue and Tatler.

Twiggy as she looks now in her seventies


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Her nickname “Twiggy” came from family and friends who teased her for her thin, “twig-like” physique that would later bring her fame.

Although her skinny, androgynous look was a hit worldwide and sparked a new look for models, she revealed that she hated her looks.

“I was this funny, skinny little thing with eyelashes and long legs who grew up with what I looked like. I thought the world had gone mad,” she said The guard.

In addition to modeling, Twiggy has also acted on Broadway and in films such as The Boy Friend, which earned her two Golden Globe Awards in 1971.

She has appeared as a judge on America’s Next Top Model and has had fashion collections with brands such as Marks & Spencer.

In 2020, she launched her podcast Tea With Twiggy, an intimate weekly conversation with special guests born out of lockdown isolation.

Celebrity guests included Joanna Lumley, Pattie Boyd, Michelle Dockery, Sadie Frost and Fergie, the Duchess of York.

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