Icon - Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn is without doubt one of our top 5 female icons; fashion, beauty & film icon. Her beauty is unique. Most beautiful women are conventionally beautiful with perfect symmetry, and so you will see similarities in them. And then there are those who have a quirkiness about them, almost imperfect beauty that is outstanding. And then there is Audrey Hepburn, who stands alone in her beauty. She is in a league of her own. She isn't conventional or quirky, she had a timeless beauty of pure elegance and sophistication but was also a bit tom-boyish. Even her bone structure was unique to her and she had the most dazzling of eyes.

Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium in 1929, studied at an independent school in Kent before her mother sent her to the Netherlands (believing she would be safer there during Second World War). She arrived in London in 1948 from the Netherlands having studied Ballet. It is these movements, and many more, in her early years that gave her the unique voice and accent she possessed, as well as the ability to speak five languages.

One of the most beautiful things about Audrey Hepburn was that she was extremely modest and not understanding why people were so intrigued by her. She was actually a rather insecure person, some of which stemmed from that fact that her father, whom she adored, left the family when she was six. This fear extended to her own marriages, both of which ended unhappily. She has 2 sons from each of her marriages.

As well as her beauty, she was equally famous for her style and film success, shooting to stardom for her award winning lead role in Roman Holiday. She then went on to preform in many successful movies such as Sabrina, The Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's (our favourite!), Charade and My Fair Lady. She was later awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA. Later in life when she appeared in less movies, she devoted much of her life to UNICEF.

Contrary to other female icons of her time, Audrey Hepburn was adored by many women because of her short hair, slim body and thick eyebrows, as opposed to the curvy traditional film stars. She made slim fashionable. As a result, she was the ideal subject for many photographers who were equally as mesmerised by her as the public was. Her style was minimalist and complimentary of her slim figure. She quite often opted for slim black trousers, flat ballet pumps and a fine knit, not the usual skirts and high heels that most women at the time wore. Audrey became a muse and a life long friend to Hubert de Givenchy, who designed many of her film costumes. And she was responsible for increasing the sales of Burberry's trench coat when she wore one in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Most of the best life/fashion/beauty quotes have come from Audrey Hepburn. She offered wisdom to every woman and was adored by all who knew her. Here are some of our favourite:

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."

"Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you're ugly on the inside."

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

editorial, iconsBy Kerrie W