Twiggy on the High Seas
Okay, we admit we are tickled pink—maybe even 1960s hot pink—to hear that none other than Twiggy will serve as Godmother of the new, ultra-luxury Seabourn Sojourn.
For those of us who remember the ‘60s, Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) was a cultural icon, right up there with The Beatles. Guys may have cut their hair in Beatles shags. But for many of us gals (even preteens like me) the British invasion was also very much about the “supermodel” of the decade. To look like Twiggy, only 16 when she exploded on the international scene in 1966, we cut our hair short and begged our parents to let us wear minis and eye makeup. And we assessed our own lumps and bumps—Twiggy being the thinnest model we had ever seen.
In the early 1970s, Twiggy went on to become an actress and singer, including winning two Golden Globe Awards for her first movie, The Boy Friend. More recently, she’s been a judge on America’s Next Top Model, and launched her own “Twiggy London” fashion collection on the Home Shopping Network.
And now at age 60, Twiggy gets her name attached to an elegant 450-passenger ship, the newst member of the Yachts of Seabourn fleet. She’ll smash the champagne bottle on June 4, with the ship debuting in Greenwich, UK, on the River Thames.
The next night, the Sojourn will host a fundraising gala for the Breast Cancer Haven, a charity that Twiggy supports, before heading off on its maiden voyage (the ship spends the summer on Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic itineraries).
In a prepared statement, Twiggy said she was “incredibly excited” to serve as Godmother of the ship.
Other cruise ship "godmothers":
Sophia Loren is Godmother of four ships in the fleet of Italian line MSC Cruises.
Actress Judi Dench (Dame Judi Dench) - Carnival Legend
Queen Elizabeth - Cunard's Queen Mary 2
Camilla (Dutchess of Cornwall) - Cunard's Queen Victoria
Tinkerbell - the Disney Wonder
Mary Kate and Ashley Oslen, Holland America's Zaandam
Actress Marcia Gay Harden - Carnival Dream
Model Kathy Ireland - Carnival Freedom
Guestblogger Fran Golden is a cruise expert and regular contributor to TravelandLeisure.com.
Photo courtesy of Brian Aris