In London, the National Portrait Gallery has opened a major exhibition made up of images of Audrey Hepburn, called “Portraits of an Icon”. And as noted by this article in The Conversation, it portrays a world of difference from the celebrity status that currently exists.
What is it about women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly that makes them truly iconic? What is it about them and their images that keep them so renowned, recognized and relevant even years after they were alive?
I think the answer lies in their genuine portrayal of feminine beauty. They both have very different looks, styles and stories, and yet they had something that still attracts and inspires people today:
They were classy.
Classiness always appeals, in the same way that kindness or generosity never goes unappreciated. I think this is because a classy person conveys that they are aware of their own dignity, which is something that appeals to everyone – whatever their age, gender, location or era. Classy also doesn’t call attention to itself, unlike the too often attention-seeking behavior and clothing of today’s most famous faces.
They had style.
As Yves Saint Laurent famously said, “fashions fade, style is eternal” - something embodied by icons like Audrey Hepburn. Her feminine yet boyish look was redefining at the time, but more than anything, its appeal came down to the fact that it was so her – she didn’t try to be anyone else. Being unafraid to be oneself is another very attractive and lasting trait; one that requires knowing who you are and being unashamed of it.
They maintained a certain mystery.
Nothing intrigues quite like an air of mystery, but that’s something that today’s celebs don’t seem to realize. After all, how mysterious can you be when you’re broadcasting every thought, feeling, craving and outfit (or lack thereof) across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter? But mystery lies in more than just the quantity of photos available - it also comes across in the way they present themselves.
They were genuine.
What’s more timeless than a genuine person? Iconic faces such as Audrey Hepburn have a refreshing “realness” about them, especially when most of what we see these days is fake, filtered or Photoshopped. From photos of Audrey and Grace, we see deeper – we notice the whole woman and a glimpse of her personality, not only what her body look like. Today’s celebrities are all too busy trying to create the image they are trying to project, rather than conveying who they actually are.
The family Amy and I nanny for invited us up to their lake house for the 4th of July.
We had such a fun day together!!
Cooking sizzling bacon for the sandwiches!
My patriotic assistant!
The colossal sandwiches we made for lunch.
It was fun to work in the kitchen together.
"Honey Ham" and Dad playing tic-tac-toe!
Due to fires in Canada it was hazy out all day. Which was nice since no one got a major sunburn! We went tubing, swimming, played badminton, and I tried a paddle board for the first time which was great fun. =)
The calm peaceful lake before the fireworks started.
We went out on the boat and watched them from the water. =)
I love fireworks!
Thanks to Mom for letting me use some of her cell phone pictures, (they are the ones without my watermark on them)!
A few pictures from our time in the Cities with the family we nanny for! We've been there part of the week for the past three weeks due to doctor appointments for the mom. Here are a few pictures from those days that I took with my phone. =)
"Honey Ham" loves to play with her doll houses.
Bella loves to sleep!
Lunch at Raku, a Japanese restaurant and the oldest daughter's favorite place.
The Chicken Fried Rice was so good!!
Avocado Rolls, the closest I've come to eating anything that looks like sushi! =D
We ate at Salut one evening and....
....they serve the best french fries in the world.
Funny sign on our way to Yogurt Lab for a cool treat on a hot day!
Ana stopped by the park one day on her way home from work. We had all worn stripes that day! =D
The little guy loves to take selfies!
Delphiniums along the way to the park.
(I love the landscaping and lovely houses in the area. Each one is different and unique.)
Ana came over after work one evening and we all watched Emma together!
"Baby Buttersnap" on his scooter.
The winners of the talent contest when "Baby Buttersnap" and I were judges!
We met this adorable Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier at the park one day.
Her name is Sadie. =)
"Honey Ham" had a store set up in their living room and one day the store had a book signing!
Supper at one of the family's favorite places before heading back home. Yum!