Whenever we think of iconic beauty, Audrey Hepburn is the first person who springs to mind. Encompassing so much of what we now call Hollywood glamour, Audrey Hepburn really is a beauty and wellness icon in her own right. An alumnus of the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame and one of the most famous faces of Hollywood’s Golden Age, it’s only right that we should dedicate some time to this timelessly chic icon.
A style icon
Characterised by her short hair, thick eyebrows and petite figure, Audrey Hepburn was not the obvious movie star of the 1950s. Cutting a very different figure from the equally iconic Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, she nonetheless held her own and paved the way for the fashionably slim figures of the ‘60s, such as Twiggy.
Contrary to popular belief, Hepburn’s slim figure wasn’t maintained through an eating disorder or anything of the sort – in fact, she loved her food. In an interview with the US magazine People, her son, Luca Dotti, has been quoted saying that his mother loved Italian food above all else, and ate a little of everything. So, our philosophy of “eat a little of what you fancy” isn’t actually too far off the mark.
It’s not just her diet that kept Audrey in shape though. The actress loved to walk and would do so whenever the mood took her.
Iconic as her looks are, though, this wasn’t the be-all-and-end-all for the actress, even in a time when screen goddesses were heralded for their looks. In a famous quote, Hepburn joked, “Makeup can only make you look pretty on the outside, but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the makeup…”
It’s this quote that sums up the Hepburn that so many of her friends, family and lifelong fans remember – the spirited, loving mother and tireless humanitarian. Aside from her petite and elfish looks, though, Audrey Hepburn also had more than a few habits which we might call wellness practices today.
Amongst these wellness practices, Audrey Hepburn was an avid gardener – in an interview with The Telegraph, her son Luca mentioned that having a garden of her own was very important to his mother. Taking this further, Luca goes on to say that “she also found that taking care of beautiful gardens was a way to fight her own demons” or a way to cope after experiencing a childhood ravished by war. According to Dotti, Hepburn’s garden was her personal symbol of renewal and self-healing; a place to stop, reflect and reset the mind. And if there’s any lesson we should take away from Audrey Hepburn, this is definitely it.