I know it’s not particularly original to talk about Audrey Hepburn as a style icon, but since the title of this blog has chocolate in it, I feel it’s only right that it should be full of little bite sized candy treats, and Audrey in my opinion is one of the most beautiful women in the world and no matter how many times I see her photos I never get tired of looking at them. So here it is your Audrey treat.
I won’t bore you with the usual details so crucial to a bio, but here are the important facts. Audrey was a Taurus, born on May 4th 1929—among other things this woman could look equally stunning in anything from a custom-made couture ball gown to a simple pair of cigarette pants with ballet flats. She could wear all black like no one else and practically invented the little black dress. She studied ballet, which perhaps accounts for her grace of movement, was born in Brussels, Belgium, but educated in England after living through horrors and privation during WWII in Holland. In addition to English, Audrey was fluent in Spanish, French, Dutch/Flemish and Italian. She was married twice once to American actor Mel Ferrer with whom she had a son and later to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, with whom she also had a son at the age of 41. Audrey was married to Dotti for 13 years although he repeatedly cheated on her, yet she stayed with him until she considered their son old enough to handle a divorce. Her own father left them when she was six and she referred to it as the most traumatic event of her life. In 1993, at the still young age of 64, she died of appendiceal cancer.
Audrey Hepburn was 5’6 and her measurement were rumored to be 34A-20-34. It is also rumored that she made a personal promise never to weigh more than 103 pounds, except when pregnant, a vow that she reportedly kept. This is perhaps the only thing linking her to today’s appearance-crazy starlets, but then again she never thought of herself as even attractive and said “I think sex is overrated. I don’t have sex appeal and I know it. As a matter of fact, I think I’m rather funny looking. My teeth are funny, for one thing, and I have none of the attributes usually required for a movie queen, including the shapeliness.” But she was so wrong. Her first Hollywood film was Roman Holiday (1953), for which she won an Oscar, but she only made 14 movies because she took a break from the industry in the late 60s to spend more time with her two sons, then spent most of the 80s doing humanitarian work for UNICEF. In addition to being absolutely gorgeous, she was warm, caring and human in the best sense. When asked why she did so much for others she said “It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so ‘don’t fuss, dear; get on with it.” No botoxed, starved and boob jobbed Hollywood star of today even comes close to her natural elegance and grace. So here she is in all her glory—Audrey Hepburn.
“For me, the only things of interest are those linked to the heart.” -Audrey Hepburn.