Friends, I have some hard news.
I am not Audrey Hepburn.
What’s worse? Neither are you.
First I need to say I think Audrey Hepburn was a wonderful person, a talented actress and an admirable humanitarian. I’m not going to harsh on her so don’t ask me.
But seriously guys. I think it’s time we let this one go.
If you are a big girl, there is nothing on this planet or any other that is going to make you look like Audrey Hepburn.
No over-sized sunglasses or ankle-length pants or black dress with a diamond bib. Nothing. I’m sorry. You can tell yourself something is Very Audrey (or Very Jackie O, if you want to take another Hubert Givenchy-ite) but it’s just not. It might be very Givenchy, but we are never going to be able to ape Audrey’s style because it is gamine, fragile and birdlike.
Are you gamine, fragile and birdlike? Me either.
I get it, I do.
She was a classy broad, the opposite of vulgar.
Plus-sized women are often seen as vulgar because fleshiness often translates into vulgarity, and if I streeeetch I can even see how some women –particularly big women– find the characters she played, the impossibly charming but plucky naifs who still got rescued by some Big Strong Man, incredibly appealing.
Let’s face it, when you’re a substantially built gal, particularly if you’re tall, the Big Strong Man fantasy –complete with picking up and twirling around– just isn’t gonna happen.
I think we do ourselves a disservice when we pick unrealistic style icons and try to interpret them literally. Unless you truly do look like a particular glamor girl, and want to play that up, you might be better served by dissecting what attracts you about that particular celebrity and then interpreting it into something that works for you as you are now (and not the elfin darling you are in your head).
Today’s challenge is to think of a style icon and come up with one way you interpret it into a style that works for you as you are. Report back, or if you need a little help seeing how something might be translated, put it in the comments!