Saturday, 30 July 2011

My Role Model

I thought I'd do a post to introduce you to my role model: Audrey Hepburn in the hope that she can inspire you as she has done me.

Audrey Kathleen Hepburn

I've always had a fascination with Audrey Hepburn ever since I watched 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' aged 9. She was so beautiful and talented, if anyone hasn't seen her films, I highly recommend them. She is captivating to watch. 

But, not only was she an extremely talented actress and dancer, she was also a humanitarian. As her life went on, Hepburn devoted more and more time to helping disadvantaged African communities as she worked closely with the charity UNICEF. She was later appointed UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador and traveled all over Africa, determined to make a difference. Her travels allowed her to become fluent in English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

Audrey Hepburn said after one of her visits to Africa: 'The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.' 

Audrey Hepburn was selfless and good hearted. It killed her to see so many children suffering and she would often be seen hugging children who were sick, dirty and covered in flies. She was described as a "pied piper," for many of the children, whom she met in third world countries, would be drawn to her and want to hold her hands or be picked up by her.

Sadly, however, after returning from a trip to Somalia with UNICEF, Hepburn suffered abdominal pains. It was found that she had a rare form of cancer which needed to be removed as soon as possible. Tragically, surgeons decided the tumor was already too big to be removed completely and Hepburn's family were told there was nothing that could be done. Audrey Hepburn wanted to spend her last Christmas with her family in Switzerland and the designer Hubert de Givenchy (whom she had worked closely with) arranged for a private jet filled with flowers to take her from America, back to Switzerland.

Audrey Hepburn touched so many peoples hearts and her death in 1992, aged 63, was an incredibly sad one. I wish I could have been alive during her lifetime, so I could see her incredible work in the third world and learn what a difference she made to so many peoples lives.

Amy x 
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