Grace, Beauty, Elegance, and So Much More

One of the people I look up to most is Audrey Hepburn.

When it comes to beauty, Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of. Even men my age can’t deny that she’s one of the most beautiful people ever in film.

She’s also elegantly stylish. The clothes she wore in decades ago are the kind of clothes that I’d love to have today. Sure, she’s good friends with designers, and they loved her. However, her easy grace is something that most of us can only hope to have.

She’s very talented: she’s one of the very few people who has received the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscars, and Tony Awards)  — and if that does not indicate talent, what does?

But most of all, Audrey has a big, big heart, and if there’s anything I love about her, more than her looks or her style, it’s the heart of a woman who is so much more than the girls she portrayed in her films.

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Audrey Hepburn was a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. As a child who experienced running from the Nazis during WWII, she was grateful for the turn of events in her life, and she sympathized for children in poor nations. Her humanitarian efforts stemmed from the genuine desire she had to help.

She was also fluent in several languages, making her work with UNICEF easier, as far as communicating is concerned.

Unlike Hollywood personalities nowadays who give large amounts to charity, with the occasional PR  events that lead them to developing countries, Audrey’s legacy is much deeper than that. In fact, she dedicated so much of her life to UNICEF, doing work with the organization from the 1950s up until she was diagnosed of cancer in late 1992.

Her passion for what she did for children in third world countries earned her a (posthumous) Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from George H.W. Bush as a recognition for her work with UNICEF. Finally, UNICEF itself honored her legacy in her humanitarian works by revealing “The Spirit of Audrey” statue at its New York headquarters, with her service for children recognized through the Audrey Hepburn Society.

And if there’s going to be something admirable about Audrey Hepburn, more than her grace, elegance, beauty, and style, she is celebrated for her kindness, and that’s what’s worth celebrating her for.

Happy Birthday, Audrey Hepburn. I will always look up to you.

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Someone Fabulous: Marilyn Monroe

Actress, singer, model, film producer, that is Norma Jeane Mortenson.

She had her share of hardships in life, but later pushed passed that and started her career as a model, and later on, an actress.  Hailed as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute, she is remembered the pop and cultural icon, and the quintessential American sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.

Here are some words to live by from this blonde bombshell:

  • A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.

  • First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.

  • Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

  • I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.

  • I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.

  • I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.

  • I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

  • No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.

  • I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

  • I restore myself when I’m alone.

  • I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.

  • I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.

  • If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.

  • If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.

  • It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far.

  • It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.

 Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!