I'll never forget the first time I watched Audrey Hepburn draped in Givenchy during the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's. I fell in love with her, and immediately thereafter rented Sabrina, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday and Funny Face.
Today marks what would have been Audrey's 84th birthday, and to this day, she remains one of the most vibrant icons in my life. She'll always be a style icon and notable actress, but the way she lived her life made her truly special.
Here are a few lessons I learned from Audrey:
No matter how beautiful you are on the outside, a beautiful soul transcends all.
No doubt, Audrey was a stunning woman. But in addition to her beautiful exterior, Audrey will forever be remembered as a humanitarian. Her work with UNICEF drove her to travel the globe to aid impoverished children. Even just a few months before she passed, she spent time on a mission in Somalia.
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
Class never goes out of style.
Audrey is synonymous with the word "class" in my mind. Attributes comprising this trait include intelligence, elegance, generosity and the ability to see good in others. Not only did she live her life according to this mentality, it was her goal to help inspire others to be the same. .
"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him."
Quirks are wonderful.
Even "It" Girls possess insecurities. Audrey once referenced her look as "a good mixture of defects," and considered her nose and feet to be too big. She also labeled herself an introvert who liked spending time alone. Each and every one of us can find flaws within ourselves, but rather than beat ourselves up over them, we can embrace them — or, better yet, use them as fuel to better ourselves in another way.
"Face your handicaps, don't try to hide them. Instead, develop something else."