The inspiration behind my engagement shoot was the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn’s classic style is not only of elegance, but transcends all generations. I remember excitedly planning for this shoot with Ahmad and Farah Taam of Signature Design and Photography. She was the muse of our shoot: I wore a modern twist of the famous black Givenchy dress (mine was from Zara) and donned my mother’s pearls. Although we weren’t in New York, the Detroit skyline served as our backdrop. We took pictures in front of the historic Paul Martin building in downtown Windsor and some other notable hotspots, including restobar Panache.
Director Helena Coan examines the life, the struggles and the triumph of Hollywood actress and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn. Although Audrey Hepburn was a mega-star, she endured many hardships in her life, including malnutrition, divorce and war. Audrey Hepburn first rose to stardom after her role in the film Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck. Her timeless style rose to prominence as she famously collaborated with French designer, Hubert de Givenchy, who became one of her closest friends.
The life of Audrey Hepburn was told through the lens of her son, Sean, as well as many close friends and people she had worked with, making it for a genuine yet candid account of the starlet’s life. Director Helena Coan eloquently tells the story of Audrey Hepburn’s life in such a beautiful manner that as a viewer, you are left intrigued and inspired.
My greatest takeaway from this account of Audrey Hepburn’s life was her dedication towards humanity. Her story was extremely moving and and provides us with a teachable moment: to never stop caring for one another. Her exemplary dedication towards the welfare of children (as made evident with her many missions with UNICEF) is a testament of her love for humanity. Audrey’s own childhood experiences most definitely influenced her passion for advocating for the world’s poorest children. Although she is predominantly known for her classic beauty, I would argue that her compassion, kindness and generousity are her most prominent features.
Audrey had once publicly stated that “taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicisation of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanisation of politics.” Although Audrey Hepburn will forever be remembered as a Hollywood icon, she is most importantly, a role model for each one of us to follow.
Audrey the documentary by filmmaker Helena Coan is currently available on Netflix. Enjoy!