PUBLISHED: 15:10, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:10, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
Jane Birkin, who married her first husband John Barry at the age of 18, admitted she never felt attractive and hid behind a "mask of make up for years". The 73-year-old 60s icon has now spoken about her earlier years in the entertainment industry.
Jane revealed that as a teenager she felt "dowdy" and never "beautiful".
The singer discussed her first marriage to composer John and her attempt to hide her natural Beauty.
"By the time I got married to composer John Barry at age 18 I was just a painted face, hiding behind a mask of make-up," Jane said.
"I suppose I fitted into the 1960s 'English pretty' look at the time."
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Jane Birkin slept with eyeliner to hide 'piggy eyes' from husband (Image: GETTY)
Jane Birkin pictured alongside her first husband John Barry (Image: GETTY)
She continued: "I wasn't as beautiful as Jean Shrimpton, who was my icon, but the fashion of the time helped, with very short miniskirts and blonde haircuts with a fringe.
"Throughout my marriage to John, I used to sleep with an eye pencil under my pillow."
The model added: "If he woke up in the night, I could put it on, so he wouldn't think I had tiny, piggy eyes.
"There was such insecurity, it was quite crazy - I spent most of my time trying to look like a fashion tableau."
Jane Birkin revealed she felt secure and beautiful with partner Serge Gainsbourg (Image: GETTY)
Jane made the candid admission in Elle