Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn: “I never expected to be a star...”

"I never expected to be a star, never counted on it, never even wanted it. Not that I didn't enjoy it all when it happened."

'She didn’t live a life secluded or behind bars; she would walk around and everybody knew her. She was part of the city. The majority of these photos are in the streets,” Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti - vanity fair

"I am not beautiful. My mother once called me the ugly duckling. But listed seperately, I have a few good features."

'Hepburn’s iconic look was, according to her son, what she thought of as “a good mixture of defects.” Dotti explains, “She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast. She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful.’ - vanity fair

Audrey Hepburn happens to be my favorite style icon. She was an almost ballerina, and in a sense I used to feel I was too. As a child I always wanted to be one but it was not a dream we could afford... So I admired Audrey, for being able to give up her dream to pursue other things. Among her fine qualities as a human are compassion and humility. 

Indeed, as beautiful as she was and knew it, Marilyn is not my favorite icon. Marilyn craved love while Audrey gave love to others. I've always admired Miss Monroe for her passion for simplicity, her love of books & pursuit to be more than a sex symbol but that's where it ends.

Audrey was quite introverted, a fashionista when necessary, a marvelous actress, an avid humanitarian and a devoted & loving mother.

"It's quite an acheivement to spend that long in Hollywood and not become a product [of it]... She always manueuvered around that, and that takes intelligence." - Van Johnson

"I couldn't quite fathom that she was real. There were so many paradoxes in that face. Darkness and purity; depth and youth; stillness and animation. She had a fresh new look, a beauty that was ethereal." - Anthony Beauchamp, early photographer of Audrey

"What a burden she lifted from women. There was proof that looking good need not be synonymous with looking bimbo. Thanks to their first glimpse of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, half a generation of young females stopped stuffing their bras and teetering on stiletto heels." - The New York Times

"Style is a word we use often and for a multitude of purposes. In the case of my mother, Audrey Hepburn, it was the extension of an inner beauty held up by a life of discipline, respect for the other and hope in humanity. lf the lines were pure and elegant it was because she believed in the power of simplicity. If there was timelessness it was because she believed in quality and if she still is an icon of style today, it is because once she found her look she stayed with it throughout her life. She didn't go with the trends, didn't reinvent herself every season. She loved fashion but kept it as a tool to compliment her look." - Sean H. Ferrer, son of Audrey Hepburn

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