Designer Givenchy’s muse, the glamorous face from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, a stunning screen legend, the world sees Audrey Hepburn as a woman who emblematised the era of cropped fringe and a level of chic.
In the enormous world of fashion and beauty, Audrey was a child with secret dreams and the vigour to have it all. In the end, she did justice to “icon”, a term that was endearingly bestowed upon her.
Beneath her stylish façade, Audrey Hepburn was a woman of substance, a woman who was more of a giver than a taker and a woman who made for herself, a worthy life.
While many laud her for her graceful fashion sense and spotless beauty and that devastatingly beautiful half-smile, there are many who vouched for her role of a humanitarian with UNICEF. She travelled to the poorest of countries, helping malnourished children.
She was not the one who made imbecile remarks on contemporaries or injustice of the world; instead, she made blatant statements about life, people that were packed with wit, wisdom, humility and inspiration.
#1. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
#2. “I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
#3. “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.”
#4. “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”
#5. “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”
#6. “I had to make a choice at one point in my life, of missing films or missing my children. It was a very easy decision to make because I missed my children so very much.”
#7. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
#8. “Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.”
#9. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
#10. “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
#11. “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.”
In Audrey Hepburn’s own words, let’s make our life ‘practically lucky’.