“I never thought I was pretty. You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyze yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.” - Audrey Hepburn
I’ve always been a great admirer of chic and elegant style. The ultimate Ladylike Look, if you will, where the overall effect is one of unmatchable poise and pure elegance. This understated style is difficult to achieve, but in my opinion, Audrey Hepburn has been one of those timelessly elegant women who has perfectly and effortlessly exuded this grace from her very being. This elegant woman famously never thought of herself as beautiful. She presented herself to the world as she was, refusing to cap her uneven front teeth or pluck her thick eyebrows. But Audrey had a great deal of unnameable charm and poise — that “something else” she mentions.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in Brussels on 4 May 1929. Her father was a wealthy English banker and her mother a Dutch baroness. Her childhood years were somewhat traumatic as the family was abandoned by her father at age six, and then suffered through WWII. Due to malnutrition, she developed anemia and respiratory problems and remained extremely slender for the rest of her life. Because of this and her tall height she was unable to realize her childhood dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Thus she turned to acting but always held on to the elegance and stature that she had acquired from her aristocratic and dancing backgrounds.
Audrey starred in such famous films as Roman Holiday, Sabrina, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Said Roman Holiday’s director William Wyler of her: “She had everything I was looking for: charm, innocence and talent. She also was very funny. She was absolutely enchanting, and we said, ‘That’s the girl!’” While filming Sabrina, she also met with then up-and-coming fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy with whom she proceeded to develop a long friendship and indeed inspired many of his designs.
Audrey Hepburn’s style is one of simple, elegant chic. It’s classy and timeless — style for the ages! I’ve been a big fan of her acting (especially in My Fair Lady — a classic movie that is one of my all-time favorites) and also her lovely fashion and beauty style. She inspired and pioneered several classic styles like the little black dress and was a great proponent of ballet flats, scarves, skinny pants and turtlenecks. Her makeup was generally muted and she wore little jewelry. As she once famously said: “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.“
She was truly amazing and something that we all aspire to be: a true lady in all senses of the word. She is a timeless style icon who introduced a new standard of elegance and classiness to the world of fashion and beauty.
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