Women’s History month is fastly coming to a close, but I couldn’t let it go without paying homage to someone I’ve always considered a fashion and beauty icon: Miss Audrey Hepburn.
Being a “Tiffany,” I learned of Audrey Hepburn fairly early in life (everyone thought I was named after her film, actually I was named after a doll, Tiffany Taylor, that was popular in the 70’s), and of course was subject to many “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” mentions. I thought Audrey Hepburn was beautiful and incredibly stylish then because it’s what I was told, but as I grew older, and began to learn more about the woman than the legend, I knew Audrey Hepburn was beautiful and stylish because it was the absolute truth.
Growing up in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, Hepburn eagerly sought out something to occupy her days, first discovering ballet and quickly moving on to modeling. She then stared in several European films before her arrival in the states. After debuting big and winning an academy award, Hepburn became one of the few entertainers to win Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
Despite Hollywood’s initial complaints that Hepburn was too skinny and awkward to be beautiful, in 1961 she would be added to The International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, a title not surprising to the masses who witnessed her fabulous wardrobe in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” which came out that same year. Something that not many people are aware of however is that Hepburn worked with Givenchy to design all of the film’s costumes.
Overcoming the doubters, Hepburn made a name for herself as a fashion icon, and even though she would never think of herself as beautiful, she was voted the “most beautiful woman of all time” by Evian. The compilation of all that awesomeness and her life-time humanitarian work and contributions to UNICEF prove that Audrey Hepburn is a true example of inner beauty.