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Iconic 60s Girls

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!

"Swinging London"

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”.

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!

Factory Girl

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.

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!

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.

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!


Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 25, 2013:

@ 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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 25, 2013:


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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 25, 2013:

@ Vellur

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

Mary Craig from New York on November 25, 2013:

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.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 25, 2013:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 24, 2013:

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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 24, 2013:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 24, 2013:

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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 24, 2013:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 24, 2013:

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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on June 09, 2013:

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!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 08, 2013:

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.

Mike Robbers (author) from London on April 07, 2013:

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.

travmaj from australia on April 07, 2013:

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..

nuffsaidstan on March 08, 2013:

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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on January 13, 2013:

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..

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 13, 2013:

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!

Mike Robbers (author) from London on January 09, 2013:

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!

James A Watkins from Chicago on January 09, 2013:

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!


Mike Robbers (author) from London on December 08, 2012:

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

+ Halle Berry for me please!

George Greene Jr. from California PA on December 06, 2012:

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?

Mike Robbers (author) from London on December 04, 2012:

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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on December 04, 2012:

@ sunshine

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


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

Mike Robbers (author) from London on December 04, 2012:

@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...

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on November 30, 2012:

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!

Mohan Kumar from UK on November 30, 2012:

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!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 30, 2012:

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 :)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 30, 2012:

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!

George Greene Jr. from California PA on November 30, 2012:

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


Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 29, 2012:

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!

Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 29, 2012:


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!

Mike Robbers (author) from London on November 29, 2012:

@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..

George Greene Jr. from California PA on November 28, 2012:

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?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 28, 2012:

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. :)

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 28, 2012:

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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