#WCW: Audrey Hepburn

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I cannot possibly tell you how many times I’ve watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“. It’s obscene, really. This #WCW just had to be dedicated to Lady Hepburn. She embodies class, sophistication, and the divine art of being a women. Her style, grace, and sass just leaves me amazed as if I’m watching her for the first time.

Screen Shot 2013-04-17 at 10.58.16 PMBorn as Audrey Kathleen Ruston (May 4, 1929), her last name of “Hepburn” was actually a mistaken identity of her father’s, who adopted it from a diluted monarchy. She had an interesting early life, bouncing between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands, and was fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, and French. Though Audrey looks as if bred from royalty (her mother was a Dutch aristocrat), her life was far from luxurious. After her father left, Audrey and her mother struggled to support what was left of the family. She began her journey in the arts, starting on broadway, where she gained critical acclaim, and then ventured into film in the the 1950s and 1960s. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) was one of her most iconic roles in her acting career. The spunky, energetic New York call girl, Holly Golightly is still considered one of the most powerful on-screen characters of the 20th century. She went on to act as Eliza Dolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1964) which is another one of those classics.

Screen Shot 2013-04-17 at 10.58.01 PMAside from her sheer talent as an actress, Hepburn had an impeccable taste for fashion. In a time where voluptuous women were the norm, Audrey brought a lanky, slender-neck, boyish charm. She challenged the conventions of the time and brought a different silhouette to the screen. She was added to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1961. Hepburn was also very close to designer Givenchy. He designed for many of her projects, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her iconic Givenchy little black dress from the film sold in 2006 in an auction for $920,000, though it wasn’t the original. The two originals are stored in the Givenchy archives and in a museum in Madrid. She was also a style ambassador for Ferragamo.

Hepburn is known for her legacy in film, fashion and philanthropy. She remains a major figure for women and inspires ladies everywhere, which is why Lady Hepburn is megababe of Woman Crush Wednesdays.

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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