Audrey Hepburn redefined “iconic.” Whether or not you’ve watched any of her movies, (and if you haven’t, turn on Breakfast at Tiffany’sright now!) you’ve definitely heard of Audrey Hepburn. From Breakfast at Tiffany’sto My Fair Ladyto countless other iconic roles,Hepburn earned herself an Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award and is considered one of the greatest film stars of all time.
Hepburn’s beauty and style have a timeless appeal, yet her impact and legacy spanned beyond the superficial. Through her famous movie roles, positive influence and philanthropic work, Hepburn balanced her career in entertainment while contributing to the community, embracing paradoxes.
Audrey Hepburn started out as a dancer and began practicing ballet at the age of five and used this talent to her advantage during WWII. Although her parents were Nazi sympathizers, Hepburn supported the Dutch resistance, collecting money for the movement through discreet ballet performances.
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hand, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others"- Audrey Hepburn
In 1989, Hepburn became a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef. When asked about her role, Hepburn attested to her personal connection and gratitude to the organization, saying"I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II."
Hepburn took her role as ambassador seriously, joined numerous UNICEF field trips abroad, starting with a visit to Ethiopia where internal conflict and famine were prevalent. During her time as ambassador, Hepburn also running training programs for women in Venezuela, provided social services for impoverished children in Ecuador and Thailand, and attained clean drinking water for families in Guatemala and Honduras.
However, her work wasn’t limited to travel and global outreach. As an ambassador, Hepburn testified before the US Congress, participated in the World Summit for Children and initiated theState of the World's Children reports. The iconic film star also engaged with the media to promote UNICEF’s projects, hosting benefit concerts, delivering speeches, and conducting interviews. Now that’s a boss babe! In honor of her tireless work dedicated to UNICEF, Hepburn was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone"- Audrey Hepburn
Hepburn inspired through her actions, dedicating time to the underprivileged and advocating for her beliefs even when they differed from those around her - all while emanating elegance. Her legacy is that of beauty, style, and Hollywood fame, as well as the importance of treating everyone with respect.
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