Today I am celebrating another strong woman in fashion – Audrey Hepburn.
I remember watching Audrey on the big screen – my favorite was her character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The picture above is the one that always comes to my mind – pearls, long gloves, and the cigarette.
My next memory of Audrey is of the poem “Time Tested Beauty Tips”. She is often attributed as the author of the poem. However, Sam Levenson wrote it for his grandchild, and it became one of Audrey’s favorite poems. The poem was then mis-attributed to her, after it was known that she liked it and had read it to her children.
Audrey Hepburn was not only an award winning actress but, to this day, considered one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century. However, I find her most fascinating because she had such a beautiful inside and a beautiful character. Here are some lesser known facts about her and why I consider her a strong woman.
- Audrey never weighed more that 110 lbs. Many people considered her anorexic. The real truth is that she suffered malnutrition as a child surviving the Nazi occupation of Holland. In fact, she gave ballet lessons to earn money to support the resistance. Strong women persist.
- Like many women, Audrey lacked self-confidence. Even though she had won countless awards for her acting career and considered a great style icon, she was insecure about her looks. “Oh, I’d like to be not so flat-chested,” she once said, according to People. “I’d like not to have such angular shoulders, such big feet, such a big nose.” However, she didn’t linger on her insecurities and always believed beauty on the inside was the key to being beautiful on the outside. Her favorite poem illustrates this beautifully. Strong women are beautiful on the inside.
- Audrey suffered much heartache during her life – famine during WWII, her father leaving at the age of 6, and four miscarriages. Despite all of this, she believed that “the most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Strong women maintain a positive attitude.
- Audrey always considered her work as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador her greatest role. Making more than 50 trips, Hepburn visited UNICEF projects in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. She won a special Academy Award for her humanitarian work. Strong women give back.
I want to end with a quote from Audrey. However, there are so many good quotes that I had a difficult time picking just one. The one I picked demonstrates that perfect mixture of feminism, positive attitude, and perseverance. It summarizes why I chose to honor her as a strong woman.
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