Published in Vogue, November 1951.
There are so many glamorous photographs of Ms. Hepburn, but this minimalist black and white has always been one of my favorites. That smile, the simplicity and carefree attitude of her expression and style is timeless. I can’t help but to smile back. To me, this is more Audrey than all the famed Breakfast at Tiffany’s photos. She was my first real girl-crush. I was in grade school when I discovered the movie Sabrina. I was captivated by Audrey’s voice and manner. She has a breathtaking beauty that is only overshadowed by her kind and innocent nature. And because of this, she is more beautiful in real life than in any movie she’s been featured in. When I was a girl, I didn’t personally know a woman as beautiful and positive as Audrey. She said things about happiness and love that resonated in my soul and touched my heart. I will never forget the feeling of reading her words of inspiration and beginning to believe that I was beautiful too. She was simply happy. Such a deliberate attitude was completely foreign to me as a child. I wanted to be like her. I wanted to spend my days laughing, loving and soaking up my piece of the sunshine. I do now, for the most part. And I forever will be beholden (just a tiny bit) to the girl in this photo who showed me how to smile, no matter what.