Living LBD: Audrey Hepburn

/ Monday, March 31, 2014 /
This week's Living LBD lady is perhaps the ultimate LBD icon. I mean, not only is Audrey Hepburn known for  wearing a little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's and several other of her famous movies, but she is the epitome of grace and class. Audrey has so many excellent qualities that we all should try to emulate, which means she may be a reoccurring example on Living LBD, but I shall begin with what I love best about her:
Audrey Hepburn during the filming of Funny Face, Tuileries Garden, Paris, 1956.  This picture was taken by famed American photographer David ‘Chim’ Seymour.
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1. Kindness-Audrey spent the last years of her life dedicating her time to UNICEF. She was an active spokesperson for the cause and made several trips to impoverished areas to meet the people and lend a helping hand. I know that I'm guilty of getting caught up in my own everyday struggles and I often forget to give back to others who are less fortunate. Audrey acts as a reminder that anyone living a quality life means that we have to give back and show compassion to others.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn in Vietnam, 1990
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2. Humility-Those who aren't well read on all of Audrey's virtues usually just associate her with a pretty face and a handful of inspiring quotes. However, Audrey was much more than that, but never acted it as if she was any different from the rest of the world. She claimed that her humility came from the fact that her mother always taught her that the needs of others came before her own. One way in particular that Audrey showed her humility was how she perceived her own looks. Not only did she star in a movie about having a funny face, but she always felt her own facial features were odd. This shows that even extraordinary women feel less than comfortable in their skin from time to time. Fun fact: Audrey was extremely embarrassed by her size 10 feet!
Audrey Hepburn
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3. Amazing style-I don't know about the rest of you, but I often ask myself "what would Audrey wear?" when I'm getting ready in the mornings. Audrey always knew what worked for her body type (tweet skirt suits, Breton stripes, ankle pants, ballet flats), but still tried to be aware of trends. As she aged, she retired some of her more youthful frocks and embraced the looks of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but with her own flare.

Audrey Hepburn Style: A Look Back At The Icon's Best Expressions (PHOTOS, GIFs)
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Signora Audrey Hepburn Dotti photographed at Piazza di Spagna in Rome (Italy), in October 1970.  -Audrey was wearing coat of Valentino (made of white wool, of his collection for the Autumn/Winter 1970/71), sunglasses of Oliver Goldsmith (the same that she wore in “Charade”) and C√©line shoes.
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Audrey Hepburn & Robert Wolders  First meeting in 1980 at a dinner party held by a mutual friend, Robert (or Robbie as Audrey so fondly called him) was suffering after the recent death of his wife, and Audrey, by her own account, was ‘not in a happy place’. They immediately bonded, and realised remarkably, how much they had in common.   His words...."We met at a time when we each had gone through trials, but we knew exactly what we wanted—togetherness."  (via This is Glamorous)
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4. Quotable-Okay, so remember those quotes I said people always know Audrey by? They really are amazing even if they're popular with people who don't really appreciate how inspiring Audrey is. Audrey was great at putting into words how people are so much more than their appearance. And who doesn't love inspirational quotes??
~ Audrey Hepburn another great quote. If i could die and be reincarnated as her I would
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Audrey Hepburn
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Audrey Hepburn
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