You know that scene at the beginning of Funny Face where Fred Astaire informs Audrey Hepburn that she has to be a model, and she replies, “But I think my face is perfectly funny!” This scene always seems ridiculous, because Audrey Hepburn is legitimately one of the most beautiful people, ever. Apparently, she actually meant it.
“She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast. She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful…
“She was always a little bit surprised by the efforts women made to look young,” Dotti recalls. “She was actually very happy about growing older because it meant more time for herself, more time for her family, and separation from the frenzy of youth and beauty that is Hollywood.”
Okay, this is all very well, but I still feel like Audrey Hepburn might have been lying. She must have known she was beautiful. She must have known, if only because everyone in the world legitimately commented on it. They commented on how beautiful she was over, and over.
So, perhaps Audrey Hepburn really did have an inability to see herself as beautiful. Or perhaps she had just learned that women aren’t really allowed to go around saying, “Who is the most beautiful? Me. I am the most beautiful” unless they are in Disney Movies and playing a villain. Then they are allowed to do that, but that really doesn’t seem like Audrey Hepburn’s style.
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