Twiggy: ‘I didn’t think you could feel that love for a child you haven’t given birth to’

Fash­ion icon Twiggy talks fes­tive tra­di­tions and ap­proach­ing her 70th birth­day

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No, I’m 21!’ Twiggy jokes when we ask how she feels about turn­ing 70 next year. And that’s ex­actly what she’s like through­out our chat: down-to-earth, pos­i­tive and con­stantly crack­ing jokes.

It’s re­fresh­ing to hear that turn­ing 70 doesn’t faze Twiggy, real name Les­ley Law­son. ‘I think it’s amaz­ing,’ she says. ‘I’ve al­ways said wor­ry­ing about get­ting older isn’t go­ing to change it. I don’t un­der­stand peo­ple get­ting de­pressed. It’s a fact of life, so I’m go­ing to cel­e­brate it!’

It prob­a­bly helps that the for­mer model doesn’t look any­where near her 69 years. Her se­cret? ‘Plenty of sleep! I try to have seven and a half to eight and a half hours a night,’ she ad­mits.

Of course, Twiggy also looks after her­self. ‘I keep my skin clean, get as much wa­ter as I can down me and I never sleep with make-up on.’

And it’s not just her face she takes care of. After putting her back out a few years ago, Twiggy was en­cour­aged by doc­tors to take up Pi­lates, which she ad­mits has been ‘a rev­e­la­tion’ for her.

‘Be­cause of my frame, I hadn’t worked on build­ing my in­ner core strength and I’ve got quite a sway back, which made it weak. Pi­lates is nice be­cause it’s gen­tle and it tones all the tiny mus­cles.’

She’s even got her hus­band, ac­tor Leigh Law­son, to go along with her once a week.

‘He loves it. For years he was fa­nat­i­cal about go­ing to the gym and he’s al­ways been in good shape, but as you get older you’ve got to be care­ful – it gets harder.’

So is tak­ing Pi­lates classes to­gether the se­cret to Twiggy and Leigh’s 30-year-strong mar­riage? Well, kind of...

‘We love do­ing the same things. He’s also one of the fun­ni­est peo­ple I’ve ever met, which helps – he’s got a great sense of hu­mour,’ she says.

The cou­ple cel­e­brated their pearl an­niver­sary re­cently, and the ro­mance is very much still alive as Twiggy ad­mits Leigh bought her ‘a beau­ti­ful pearl neck­lace and ear­rings’ as an an­niver­sary gift.

Twiggy met Leigh in her mid-30s, after her first hus­band, Michael Wit­ney, the fa­ther of her daugh­ter Carly, 40, trag­i­cally died in 1983, and she thinks meet­ing later on is an­other rea­son they’ve gone the dis­tance.

‘It was sec­ond time around for both of us, so we were a lit­tle older and a lit­tle wiser,’ she ex­plains. ‘You’ve got re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and you’re more care­ful when you meet some­one. Luck of the draw is part of it, too!

‘We took it gen­tly, we fell in love and then in­tro­duced our chil­dren. Luck­ily they got on – and still do.’

Some­thing that has brought even more joy to their lives are their grand­chil­dren – Carly’s daugh­ter, Joni, and Solomon and Evelina, who are Leigh’s son Ja­son’s chil­dren.

Twiggy lights up ev­ery time she talks about them. ‘When they ar­rive it’s a rev­e­la­tion. The deep love you feel – I didn’t think you could feel that for a child you haven’t given birth to. They’re bril­liant.

‘We can spoil them, then

‘The love you feel for your grand­chil­dren is a rev­e­la­tion’

give them back to Mum and Dad! I’m look­ing for­ward to when they’re a bit older and can come and stay with us.’

With three lit­tle ones around, this Christ­mas will be mag­i­cal.

‘For the last 30 years, Leigh and I have hosted Christ­mas,’ she says. ‘This year the chil­dren will re­ally en­joy it be­cause the elder two are three and a half – Joni keeps telling me what she’s writ­ing to Fa­ther Christ­mas.

It’s all about them now.’

Twiggy likes a tra­di­tional Christ­mas. ‘We al­ways have a tree with baubles we’ve col­lected over the years. On Christ­mas

Eve, Leigh and I play our CD of Christ­mas car­ols and crack open a bot­tle of cham­pers. Then on Christ­mas Day ev­ery­one ar­rives in dribs and drabs,’ she says.

‘Up un­til about five years ago

I al­ways did the cook­ing, then my daugh­ter mar­ried a very good cook, Ben, so he of­ten takes over, which is fab­u­lous for me!

It’s also nice to hear that, like the best of us, she starts her Christ­mas morn­ing in a track­suit and T-shirt, but Twiggy’s sta­ple Christ­mas Day out­fit is vel­vet trousers paired with ‘a top that twin­kles’. And high heels are off lim­its. ‘I al­ways wear my vel­vet pumps, or bare feet!’ she says.

Twiggy has been work­ing with Marks & Spencer since 2006. ‘I’ve al­ways sewn and de­signed my own clothes,’ she says. ‘Fun­nily enough, it’s what I al­ways wanted to do when I was in school – to go to art school to study de­sign, but fate had some­thing else in store for me as I was “dis­cov­ered” at 16.

‘It’s nice that it’s come back into my life at var­i­ous stages. I love my ca­reer be­cause

I do so many dif­fer­ent things, from singing and danc­ing on Broad­way, to films and

TV pre­sent­ing. I’m work­ing on a new al­bum, which I’m very ex­cited about and a new book. So I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to 2019.’

‘At school, I al­ways wanted to go on to study de­sign, but fate had some­thing

else in store for me’

Twiggy and Leigh with their chil­dren and chil­dren’s part­ners

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