I remember the first time I came across Audrey Hepburn. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I couldn’t have been more than 14. I saw a film called Roman Holiday on TV. I quickly fell in love with this sweet, black and white film – as well as the film’s leading lady, Audrey Hepburn.
From that moment to now, I still class her as my celebrity icon. Her clothes… her grace… her uniqueness… it’s all to be admired. And in a world full of Kardashians and Hiltons, here’s how you can be more Hepburn.
BE YOUR OWN FASHION ICON
Audrey Hepburn is still – nearly 70 years after her first film debut – a fashion icon. The film stars of the 50’s had a certain figure and look to uphold… think Marilyn Monroe. But then came in Audrey, a European girl with a slim build, short brown hair, big brown eyes and she changed the game forever.
She become famous for the trousers she wore, her all-black outfits… the turtlenecks, and of course her famous lifelong relationship with fashion designer Givenchy. Long gone were low tops and dresses that show your boobs and your bum, here was a new era of beauty and sophistication. And it was all made by Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn liked the clothes she liked, regardless of whether it was right for Hollywood. She never degraded herself to look like anyone else, and that’s something really important when it comes to your own fashion – always do you.
CREATE THE CAREER YOU WANT
Audrey Hepburn started life as a dancer. From there, she got roles in movies and was soon to become a Hollywood superstar. She took the leading role in My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but fame and fortune was never what she chased.
When she started a family, she put the love for them first. You could say it was her kids that ended her career, but she would have never of looked at it that way. She always did what she loved and never was going to be told by anyone else what to do. It adds to her grace and decorum, and why she is so different to the stars of today’s world.
So always do what you love, and that way, you’ll always be happy.
ALWAYS DO IT WITH CLASS
There’s thousands of pictures of Audrey Hepburn in the world, and every single one of them is oozing in her class. Perhaps it was down to the fact she had her own style, she made her own choices in her career, and she always did what she loved that made anything she did sophisticated – or maybe it was the way she was taught how to act. Of course, no one is perfect. But if you think ‘What Would Audrey Do’ right now, I don’t think you can go wrong.
You can’t imagine Hepburn ever getting into a fight with anyone – all she seemed to have was love for people. I mean, just look at the way she accepts her Oscar for Roman Holiday:
Throughout her career, she stayed humble – I reckon that would be hard for the best of us if we were the best actress in the world.
And one thing I admire most about her is how she aged so gracefully. No plastic surgery, no lip fillers, no died hair. Just the real Audrey, and she was as beautiful older as she was in Roman Holiday.
So that’s just three things you can learn from Audrey Hepburn, but of course there’s plenty more. She’s such a true icon in every way and I’m so sad to have not been alive in her prime.
If you’d like to learn more about Audrey Hepburn, here’s two really good books I recommend:
Do you have a celebrity icon? Are you fan of Audrey Hepburn? Let me know in the comments!