Idols


It may be a very 80s thing to have but I thoroughly believe that having idols is good for you. They don't necessarily need to be celebrities or even members of your family, just people that inspire you to become the best possible version of yourself. In my and many others case, the idol in question is the wonderfully talented and deeply beautiful; Audrey Hepburn.



Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Ruston and is best known for her acting; from the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's to the lesser known but still hugely popular Roman Holiday and Funny Face - and she was inspiring in more ways than one. She was a truly unique fashion icon in that she exuded glamour through her simple and reserved, classic style. More notably, she was a performer - one with such great talent that her performances are still moving, 60 years on. She was also known to be a great purveyor of charity, especially towards the end of her acting career, offering aid and publicity for many charitable organisations, chiefly for UNICEF. From this, she became an outstanding humanitarian.


Audrey grew up in an uncomfortable and difficult environment, being passed between troubled countries at war and living in poor conditions. What I admire the most about her is how she remained her true and honest self throughout the entirety of her lifetime, never succumbing to vanity or bitterness. She had a fantastic view on life and in particular, marriage - once quoting how marriage wasn't a label but merely a connection, a feeling and how she and her partner were already 'married' even though they were not officially done so by a minister. She had an outlook on life that any individual today could only dream of, especially in such a superficial world consumed by war, titles and overbearing vanity. Upon return from giving aid in Somalia, Audrey died at 63 from Appendiceal cancer in her Switzerland home. A children's fund was set up in her name and is currently being run by her youngest son Luca Dotti after her elder son Sean H. Ferra retired from the position after 20 years. He now runs the Audrey Hepburn Society at the US Fund for UNICEF.


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