Holly Golightly isn’t the only woman dazzled by the diamonds in the windows at Tiffany & Co. Raise your hand if you’ve ever drooled over their enticing window displays or longed for a signature heart-shaped pendant.
Believe it or not, there’s something, or rather, someone, who sparkles even brighter than the New York jewels: actress, dancer and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn.
Renowned for her powerful roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Funny Face and Roman Holiday, Belgium-born Hepburn is responsible for bringing elegance and class to Hollywood’s Golden Age.
“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.”.
It’s not only her reputation as a film star or the fact she can speak seven languages (yes, seven!)that has flagged her as an inspiration for generations of women. Hepburn’s persistent work as a goodwill ambassador for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is what truly makes her shine as bright as a Tiffany & Co. diamond ring.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
She used her position in Hollywood to educate society about suffering children in underdeveloped countries, attracting global attention to the cause. She travelled extensively to visit children of war-torn areas or poor communities such as Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia, sidelining her acting career as a result. For Audrey, giving up major film roles was worth it to work with the United Nations after their role during WWII.
Growing up in Nazi-occupied Netherlands would have been enough to traumatise anyone. However, for Audrey, her suffering gave her the opportunity to celebrate the small treasures in life often taken for granted and through her, audiences were able to see the beauty hidden in everyday life. Have you ever seen anybody so happy to wake up to a fat cat in their bed as Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffanys?
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Still not convinced Audrey is the ultimate role model? Just take a look at her iconic outfits and timeless style and your mind will be made up. From that classic black Givenchy slip dress to the hot pink cocktail dress, her sense of fashion will live on forever in our wardrobes. Her partnership with Givenchy began when the actress visited the designer’s Parisian studio in 1954 searching for costume ideas for her role as Sabrina. Two years later she famously said, “His are the only clothes in which I am myself.”
Not only did Audrey pave the pathway for women in film, she also crafted her own sense of style and became a renowned fashion icon. In the end, her kind heart and mission to help disadvantaged children is what defines her. After she passed away, her tireless work as a UNICEF ambassador led to the creation of the Audrey Hepburn’s Children Fund and the Jean Hersholt’s Humanitarian Award being presented in her honour. Audrey really does shine like a Tiffany & Co. diamond, both inside and out.