Audrey Hepburn As An Icon Of Love

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The beautiful Audrey Hepburn was the voice for love, peace and human rights.

As a champion for love, peace, and human rights, the legendary "Golden Age" icon Audrey Hepburn will always be in a league of her own.

On May 4th (what would have been her 85th birthday), Google decided to mark the occasion with a lovely drawing of the beloved actress — A tribute that critics and fans all over the world would agree is fitting as Hepburn is still considered the epitome of classy, sophisticated and elegant. As the winner of three BAFTA awards, an Oscar, Emmy and a Golden Globe (receiving over twenty awards in total), there's no question that Hepburn more than earned her status as Hollywood's darling.

Widely recognized for her phenomenal talent as an actress and dancer (not to mention her impeccable taste in fashion), there's another side of the critically acclaimed style icon that quite a few people didn't know about. Throughout her career, the Breakfast at Tiffany's star was a human rights activist, traveling to countries all over the world in order to lend a helping hand to the locals who desperately needed it. On her first visit to Ethiopia as  the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, Hepburn voiced her sadness over the manner in which the families lived, stating that "I have a broken heart. I feel desperate. I can't stand the idea that two million people are in imminent danger of starving to death, many of them children...[t]he 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering."

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 1992 for her work with UNICEF, one month before passing away from colon cancer. Because of her tremendous efforts to improve the drastic living situations of others, as well as her loving nature and caring heart, Hepburn was recognized by UNICEF in the form of a statue labeled the "Spirit Of Audrey".

There isn't a soul that wouldn't agree that her copious accolades are well deserved. Not only did Hepburn teach us about style, she also showed us why it's important to love one another. One of her finest quotes cements the type of person she aspired to be (and succeeded in doing so): "I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it." As our favorite love and human rights icon, Audrey Hepburn's fight for equality touched the hearts of many, rendering her timeless in our book.