Those eyelashes! That pixie cut! The beauty that got her named the face of ’66 at the tender age of 16! Twiggy, also known as Twiggy Lawson, has been a beauty icon almost before she could legally do anything else and still remains an influence today as a regular guest judge on “America’s Next Top Model“, the face of the Marks and Spencer advertising campaign and the creator of her own fashion line for the shopping channel HSN. After all of the influence she’s had on the fashion and beauty world, it’s also nice to know that she is using her relevance and influence to help change the face of the world.
The busy former model and current fashion spokeswoman and designer had a penchant for mascara that made her face unforgettable, but Twiggy refuses to give up the fight against testing cosmetics on animals.
This week’s icon supports Cruelty Free International, a global campaign to urge governments and legislators to enforce laws against the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics and toiletries on animals when there are so many more ways to safely test cosmetics. The London based campaign was started by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, one of the largest non-profit animal rights organizations that strives for the complete end to a world that believes in animal testing. Her love for animals doesn’t just stop with their physical well being, however. Twiggy also supports the Environmental Investigation Agency, a non-governmental institution dedicated to ending all environmental crimes including the wildlife trade, illegal logging and destruction of habitats and ecosystems, as well as climate changing chemicals.
The fashion icon also concerns herself with the well-being of we creatures that walk on two legs. Twiggy is an avid supporter of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the UK‘s leading research organization dedicated to finding the cure for breast cancer, whose breakthrough patron was Prince Charles of Wales. Mrs. Lawson also supports the Mines Advisory Group, a huge humanitarian organization attempting to clear old conflict zones of mines and other dangers which are almost always found in the poorest countries in the world. In an effort to both clear the mines and employ the native peoples, the Mines Advisory Group educates and compensate the people living in old conflict zones to remove the hazards that plague their country. To those people in the most disadvantaged countries, Twiggy also gives to Book Aid International, a non-profit working in 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Palestine to give books and journals to hospitals, refugee camps and schools who are unable to otherwise able to get them. The icon also gives back to Epilepsy Action, a charity whose aim is to help people plagued with epilepsy to live fulfilling lives while helping to control the disease. Operating in the UK, the charity puts out education concerning the disease, organizes fundraisers and helps its supporters to organize their own fundraisers and events.
The word icon fits Twiggy so well that it would be easy to focus solely on the original reason she became one, but she could also be so named because of her charity work. With her tireless dedication to save animals from cruelty and people from their less than advantaged circumstances, Twiggy is making a new name for herself. Please come back next week to see who else is using her icon status to change the world for the better!