Audrey Hepburn, was a unique individual I admired and adored my entire life. A gentle yet strong-willed woman, who always put others first, inspired me for as long as I can remember.
She emerged from an arduous adolescence, suffering the consequences of World War II. As the war ended, she and her mother moved to London, where a dedicated Audrey studied ballet, thereupon gaining a lead role in a production, and the rest we can say, was history!
Her successful acting career, captivated the hearts of many worldwide. As a result, Audrey won the Best Actress Oscar at the 1954 Academy Awards in “Roman Holiday.. Audrey was blessed with an award-winning career and family life. After two marriages and two beautiful sons, she continued to be the epitome of style for the fashion-conscious woman. The iconic “little black dress” worn in “Sabrina” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” became the most influential piece of clothing to the modern woman’s wardrobe.
Later on, her compassion drove her to become a special goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, where she tirelessly travelled the world connecting with, and assisting countless impoverished children.
Eighteen years ago, I was fortunate to encounter an exhibition devoted to Audrey Hepburn, in Florence, Italy. The exhibition was accordingly housed at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Located in the Palazzo Spini Feroni, a medieval palace built in 1289. I remember being so excited to discover a presentation of my beloved icon, within a country I loved.
To me, Audrey Hepburn was a true inspiration. Her timeless style, sheer beauty and grace and human compassion, were all traits I admired. She was an influential and inspiring woman, who gave so much love, and in return, was truly grateful for all she had.
“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I’d look back on all the pleasures, excitement and worthwhileness I have been lucky enough to have.”
1929 – 1993
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