Audrey Hepburn Described Herself as “A Good Mixture of Defects”
Far from feeling beautiful all the time, Audrey Hepburn thought she was “a good mixture of defects”—a sentiment we LOVE.
You’re fabulous, you know that? And even if you have days where you feel decidedly UNfabulous, don’t worry; everyone does—even Audrey Hepburn.
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Audrey’s son, Luca Dotti, revealed that his mother didn’t think she was nearly as perfect as the rest of the world did. Dotti’s reflections come as part of a discussion of his new book, Audrey in Rome, which gathers roughly 2,500 candid photos of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star during her time in Rome.
Audrey apparently described herself as “a good mixture of defects”: Said Dotti, “She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast. She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful.”
I don’t know about you, Bettys, but I love the phrase “a good mixture of defects.” Maybe that’s what we all are: Neither perfect nor a mess, but somewhere delightfully in between, resulting in a world full of utterly unique human beings.
We also love Audrey’s thoughts about aging, of which she was apparently a big fan. Said Dotti, “She was always a little bit surprised by the efforts women made to look young. She 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.”
Audrey in Rome hits shelves everywhere on April 16. Snag it on Amazon—it’s not to be missed!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.