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Audrey Hepburn - More Than A Beauty

The Award-winning Audrey Hepburn was much more than a style icon. She worked with Unicef from the 1950s on and became a goodwill ambassador for the charity after her last role. She then devoted herself to helping children in the world's poorest countries. Now that's a role model!

Film and fashion legend Audrey Hepburn was much more than a style icon. Born in Brussels and growing up between Belgium, England and the Netherlands she was trained in classical Ballet and moved to London to continue her training with Marie Rambert while performing as a chorus girl in the West End.

Young Audrey Hepburn, earnest ballet pupil going on to dance in the West End of London

Star of many classic Hollywood films including My Fair Lady, and Breakfast at Tiffany's she was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also one of the few people to have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy & Tony awards and with a fantastic career under her belt she then devoted herself to helping children in poverty.

Audrey Hepburn in the Hollywood classic Breakfast at Tiffany's

She was a great supporter of Unicef and worked some of the poorest communities in Africa, South America and Asia. She travelled extensively helping bring food and vaccinations to communities in need. She is reported to have said "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." In 1992 she was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in recognition of her work as a goodwill ambassador for the charity.

Audrey Hepburn Unicef Ambassador helping children in need

She was a believer in miracles. in her own words : "Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist. I have seen the miracle of water which UNICEF has helped to make a reality. Where for centuries young girls and women had to walk for miles to get water, now they have clean drinking water near their homes. Water is life." And she dedicated a large part of her own life to making those miracles happen. So much more than a beautiful face, she had that loveliness that only increases with time, a beautiful soul.

Now that's a role model. 

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