By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
During Audrey Hepburn's 20 years in Rome, the star developed an iconic style that became the epitome of perfectly-coiffed European chic. Now, the actress' son, Luca Dotti, is releasing Audrey in Rome, a book of photos he culled from over 2,500 pictures on file in the archives of the Reporters Associati, who chronicled his mother's time in Italy. Behind the pictures, though, lies another, more personal tale of a woman who actually developed some of her famous looks out of necessity.
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In a revealing interview with Vanity Fair, Dotti says that Hepburn's signature scarf and sunglasses were a way for Hepburn to disguise herself in public so that she could run errands without big crowds trailing behind her. Hepburn also didn't understand the public's fascination with her beauty. The actress described her look as "a good mixture of defects." "She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast," Dotti reveals.
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Although she was critical of her appearance, Hepburn never feared getting older, and was even surprised by the lengths women went to to look young. For Audrey, growing older meant less time in the spotlight and more time to spend with her family and loved ones.
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