Audrey Hepburn is one of the greatest female screen legends of all time and an eternal fashion icon. Who can ever forget, Sabrina, Eliza Doolittle singing “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and the elegant little black dress made famous by Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s?
Along with her glorious film career, in 1992 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in impoverished countries and populations, notably in Asia, Africa and South America.
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Here’s her philosophy on life.
1. Be radiant
“Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you are ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
And that is probably not a very good idea, either! We probably already all know this. While men and women alike may be at first be visually attracted to a woman, any man will tell you that the sexiest, the most sensual, the most feminine and the most attractive women are the ones who show up natural, confident, vulnerable and true to their own self. All the make-up in the world will not make a sad, fearful, unhappy or negative woman radiate her true essence and power.
2. Own Your Style
“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
In other words, live your life on your terms, your standards and follow your deepest desires and dreams without questioning what others think. Own your unique style and be it with confidence and joy. No one can resist those two qualities in anyone!
3. Enjoy Every Moment In The Present
“Pick the day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Rather than dwell on the past, honor it and put it into perspective. Stow your baggage properly, let go of what doesn’t serve you and cleat the way for the present. The future will take care of itself when you are present to the possibilities that you create NOW.
4. Be Kind
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand. The first is to help yourself; the second is to help others.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Be true to yourself, your soul, your spirit, mind and body. When everything is in alignment, you are free to not only give but receive gracefully and allow others to help you, too. Life is an eternal exchange.
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5. See The Beauty And Love In Others
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
~ Audrey Hepburn