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Renaissance Girl is a Chicago lifestyle blog for every twenty-something and millenial, which focuses on fashion, beauty, food, career, travel and events


Fashion Icon: Audrey Hepburn


In Hollywood 50 years ago, actors and actresses were expected to sing, dance and act with flying colors. In the group of these celebrities was Audrey Hepburn, one of the most imitated figures of fashion, beauty, and entertainment. As the original renaissance girl, she uniquely stylish, beautiful and talented, she was an incredibly compassionate woman and an ambassador for UNICEF. Today marks what would have been Audrey Hepburn's 85th birthday, and I have always been fascinated with her bravery, willpower and tenacity all wrapped up in a trend-setting exterior. Happy birthday Audrey, and thanks for inspiring me among many, many others.

If you're interested in learning more about her amazing journey, here are a few books I love. What Would Audrey Do is my favorite, because it divides the chapters by relevant subjects that anyone can relate to, which peppers in advice for different situations according to how Audrey handled those events. How To Be Lovely is an easy and light read if you don't have a lot of time but want to get an idea of how Audrey lived her life. The Audrey Hepburn Treasures is the most massive of these four books, and it's for true-blue Audrey fans. This book has tangible replicas of personal letters, pictures and stories in chronological order, so you'll feel like you really knew her. Lastly is Audrey Hepburn, which follows Audrey through her personal life, career and humanitarian efforts.