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Iconic 60s Girls

Updated on April 4, 2013
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Well, I suppose you all noticed by now my fascination about the 1960’s, my own personal favorite decade of the century that passed. I wrote a hub about George Harrison and I also wrote about the hippies and their presence in remote India as they were surely, at least for me, a fascinating cultural phenomenon of the 60s. This hub is dedicated to women; women that came to symbolize those precious to me times.

The iconic women of the 60s were many and the impact of their beauty and style didn’t ever fade away. On the contrary, some of them continue to signify original beauty and they are an influence to the fashion world and to beautiful women that feel like inspiring themselves every now and then. Fashion changes constantly but it recycles big time as well, not to mention that the classic will always be… classic, no matter what how fast the trends are changing. I do feel like dedicating one hub for each of those women but for now I will present in a few words a number of them while having to leave some outside… but that’s life!

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I think it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to start with Twiggy, the famous British fashion model, responsible at large extent for the still quite popular “androgynous” style.. As skinny as she could be, something that doesn’t attract all of us truth is, Twiggy was undoubtedly one the world’s first supermodels in an era that the term hadn’t been born yet! She was still only seventeen when she was voted as the British Woman of the Year back in 1966; a full career followed. Photographed by all top fashion photographers of the time, Twiggy became an icon of fashion that projected the times she lived in; she was an essential part of the ‘swinging London”.

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Twiggy wasn’t alone in London that liked to swing; she had good company one might say. Also British, Jean Shrimpton was once the “queen of the mini skirt”! She accidentally became the person that fueled the mini skirt frenzy due to a scandal caused in one of her appearances in Australia, scandal caused by the length of her… revealing dress according to the conservative ethics of the time in Australia! Astonishingly pretty and stylish, Shrimpton certainly qualifies as a representative of sixties’ beauty and elegance. In case you’re already thinking of the Xmas gifts for your significant other, let yourself be inspired by her, you won’t lose!

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Moving to America now we will now meet Eddie Sedgwick. Once one of Andy Warhol’s muses with whom she didn’t always enjoy a cozy relationship, Eddie had a more or less tragic life as she died at the age of only twenty-eight. She was the ideal representative of the “unisex” style and she still inspires fashion designers all around the world. Cute and sexy, Sedgwick was part of the artistic extravagant company of Andy Warhol just like another sixties beauty, namely Nico.

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Originally coming from Germany, Christa Päffgen as “baptized” as Nico and made it to the top of the artistic scene of New York having the privilege to be surrounded by artists like Warhol of course, Lou Reed and many others.... where else other than The Factory? Cold beauty, impressive beauty, big blue eyes; Nico is certainly one of my favorites!

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In France they couldn’t have been jealous of all these! Brigitte Bardot was her name and she came to signify femininity and sexiness for the following… centuries! She was the absolute blond; it was on the big screen where her beauty and attractive feminine manners were revealed in all of their charm. The film“And God Created Woman” by Roger Vadim, also her husband for a few years and “Contempt” by Jean-Luc Godard are two films where Bardot’s beauty shined and caused a sensation among the male population of this planet while she made the female population eternally bonded to jealousy! Other French women came to reveal simplicity as a predominant style and choice of beauty during the 60s. Singer and actress Jane Birkin glorified the French cozy, provocative too, style of a girl on a woman’s body.

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There were others too. Who can ever forget of Marianne Faithfull? Mick Jagger’s girlfriend was a woman of astonishing beauty; an angel coming from the sky. Or, Anita Pallenberg, also part of the British rock ‘n’ roll scene that drove crazy the youth for a while. In France again I couldn’t fail to mention the singer Françoise Hardy, but it seems to me that this list is endless… I promise thought to return on the subject!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Interesting hub Mike and the first photo is interesting too - I'm not sure who the girls in the back row are though the one on the far right looks like Susannah York? I look at Lulu now with her placa face and I think it's a shame she's gone down that route, she was such a pretty young thing in the 60s. Marianne Faithful never realised her potential and Edie and Nico were both temporary and mainly stoned muses for Andy and Lou. Bardot is into animal rescue now I think? Of all of these girls, Twiggy has probably done the best and she still looks fantastic!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! You really brought back some memories with this one; I actually remember a couple of those pictures, and I had the biggest crush on Marianne Faithful. :)

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      How could you forget the mesmerising ANN -MARGARET? and Marlo Thomas? and Elizabeth Montgomery? Mary Tyler Moore? Sally Field? Patty Duke?Linda Evans?

      Liz Taylor?Barbara Stanwick(the first cougars?)

      many more I am sure and will list the later as Have class to go to but will list them ater but in the meanwhile what is your impression of these hotties?

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      @Jools99, Well, I can't really recognize them all! Interesting hair though eh!? Yes, Eddie and Nico did lose it in general, even though at least Nico sung a few good songs with The Velvet Underground! As for Bardot, yes, some think she overreacts a bit lately! As for Twiggy, I also like her, there is something very elegant in her gestures i would say... Thanks for the comment..

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      @billybuc

      Marianne Faithful was gorgeous. I remember I watched a movie of hers once, not a very good one i might say, with Alain Delon and many motorbikes!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Hey George Greene Jr, thanks for the comment..

      Well, i can see your point there! But ok, mine was simply a personal list, I couldn't possibly include all of the beautiful women of the world! I basically chose women that were more or less involved in artistic scenes like Nico and Eddie Sedgwick, women that were also symbols of the 60's spirit of youthfulness!

      Ok, Bardot doesn't really fit that picture but I couldn't avoid to mention her!

      Thanks for the info you give! I might as well write another hub with so many names!

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      I guess you could say my list was sort of biased as well! i was looking at the hotness instead of artistic values! In that regard, Twiggy most definitely would top my list as well. And out of my list I would throw in

      Ann-Margaret.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Oh, I loved Marianne Faithfull's song As Days Go By. And yes, she's gorgeous. Bardot too!! Twiggy...mum always said she was a bit too skinny! Thanks for sharing, Mike, this is interesting. Sharing too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Outstanding tribute hub Mike! I was just a wee one in the 60's, but I do remember Twiggy. The photo on top is very impressive, I wonder if the women had any cat-fights about who was going to stand where? Just a thought :)

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Mike- a wonderful tribute to the rise of the fashion icons and those timeless beauties from the sixties. It is interesting to see Twiggy come back to model M&S clothes past few seasons in UK - a true triumph of ageless style. great hub!

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I wasn't born until the '80s, but the '60s certainly seem like they were a very interesting time! Great hub, lots of good pics and info!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      @george greene jr, Hotness and artistic values coexist sometimes :) Ok, lists can be many after all, and everyone seems to like Twiggy eh?

      @midget38, thanks for sharing my hub - i guess you appreciate more the French beauty, i think i'm with you on this! :) Twiggy was too skinny, no doubt about that, she had a grace though...

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      @ sunshine

      Hahaha,,, a cat-fight eh? I find it quite... possible now that you mention it... :)

      @Docmo,

      Thanks a lot, Twiggy's everlasting presence eh? Well, I guess she really had something of his own that woman...

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      @ nanderson500, Thanks for your good words, glad you enjoyed the trip :)

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      When you mention CAT-FIGHT, are you talking about the best Catwoman ever?

      there was Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfiffer, Halle Berry.. who wins that one?

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Hehe.. Catwoman was the best in cat-fights indeed! I agree!

      + Halle Berry for me please!

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      What a bevy of beauties! I love all of them. Well, I was never very crazy about Twiggy. But the others are hot.

      You have lots of interesting titles. I look forward to reading many of your fine articles. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

      James

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment and the welcoming James :)

      Twiggy has fanatic devotees but I do understand that many men don't quite find attractive her... boyish charms!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is a cool hub! I like the 1960s culture as a whole, it represents a shift in politics, pop culture, and social mores. The women of the 1960s really did make a lasting impression. Voted up and shared!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Indeed, the 1960s culture proved to be resistant and highly influential on the decades that followed. Sometimes I wish i was born earlier!!

      Anyway, i do enjoy the times I live in as well!

      Thanks for voting and sharing Alecia..

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      How gorgeous was Marianne Faithful, love that top picture, very cool.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Great hub - good choices - Marianne Faithful never ceases to amaze me - even now. I see Cilla Black on the pic - she forged quite a career and Lulu seems to be still on track. Jean Shrimpton certainly shocked the establishment here when she attended the Melbourne Cup in a short skirt - hatless and gloveless. Heee.

      How things change - bizarre fashions at the races these days..

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      I've read about Shrimpton's 'Australian incident'; funny indeed how times are a-changin! What is more, i do think that fashion trends change too... fast nowadays! We don't even have the time to follow the latest trends! Anyway,

      thank you for your comment travmaj.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ah, the sixties, my favorite era. I remember most of these women, for sure, Twiggy. We imitated her make-up, eyeliner and fashion sense. Marianne Faithful, Merrilee Rush, Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark, Little Peggy March. What a time of hairspray and boufant hair-dos. Very enjoyable trip back into time. Thanks. I'm listening to "Angel of the Morning" as I read this.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Nice that my hub brought you back memories... I can only guess how it was :)

      The sixties style is still in fashion though so i guess that is something!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These were really before my time but I enjoyed reading. Interesting hubs, will be back to read more.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Thank you Jackie, you are more than welcome! I have the same opinion about your hubs, so i'll see you soon!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I never understood the whole Twiggy thing, but I had a thing for Marianne Faithful for sure. :) Thanks for the flash from the past.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Haha you have a good taste for sure Billy!! ;)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub enjoyed reading. They all look fabulous, the sixty's had a style and class of it's own. Great write. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Iconic 60s Girls this is amazing about the 60s these girls looked gorgeous and a well approached hub indeed.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You've picked a great bunch of ladies to exemplify the sixties! So many things going on in the sixties we sometimes forget these gals. Well done.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      @ Vellur

      I totally agree with, i love the sixty's style too.. Thanks for dropping by

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      @ DDE

      Thank you very much for your comment and yes those girls in the 60's looked gorgeous!!

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      @ tillsontitan

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, you are absolutely right that we sometimes tend to forget all about these gorgeous girls

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