« I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine, » Audrey Hepburn once said !
What did they have these women that, no matter what year we are now : everyone simply remember their beauty and the myth they represented. Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Mia Farrow, Romy Schneider, etc… these women broke the rule of « fashion trend » to become simply pure inspiration throughout the decades. Muses, myths, pure inspiration they left something unique that a very few women had over the years. Not a trendy beauty that is liked for a few months such as some of the very famous fashion icons we all know, but something different that will just never end.
They are the exemplar of grace that only emphasize the lack of it among contemporary celebrities. They are what they will no longer be, even if they tried. Even with the best make up artists, the best surgery and botox, the best efforts to never even reach half of these beauties. Why ? Well maybe because of their simplicity and natural ability to enjoy and live without constantly trying to reach perfection.
At its most basic level, the obsession with hanging onto youth, through whatever means, speaks to a selfishness, a reluctance to let admiration and attention pass to the next generation. For example, Hepburn 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.
It seems as well that they were not fully aware of their inner beauty and of what they represented in general, Hepburn once said of her physical appearance: “A good mixture of defects » ! Beautiful inside and out, that’s what was unique about these amazing women, they were defending causes they believed in and fought for they thought was right, and did actually paid very little attention to their exceptional natural beauty.