After reading Audrey Hepburn: Grace and Service Beyond Age, Jamillah shared her story with me about her father’s encounter with Audrey Hepburn, I knew it would be a story that would delight so many of you that I asked her to share with us. This post is by her.
I’m Jamillah of made-to-travel and I’m so happy to be here to share with you my nearly life long love of the extraordinary Audrey Hepburn. My love affair with Hepburn started when my mom decided it was time for me to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
It was instant love and awe. Hepburn’s sheer elegance, stubbornness, coy glances, vulnerability, and beauty in the part of Miss Holly Golightly really took my breath away. Even as a young girl at about 8 or 9 I started watching all her films and scotch-taping posters of her in my room.
But my love for Hepburn took a deeper turn because of my dear dad. My dad has worked for the United Nations for a very long time and in 1992 while working with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) my dad was stationed in Somalia with none other than Miss Audrey Hepburn.
My dad actually had no idea who Hepburn was! My parents were already separated by then so my dad wasn’t exactly up to speed with all of our interests and passing obsessions and he’s faaaar removed from American cinema since he grew up in Thailand and then traveled most of his adult life with the UN.
But during the whole trip he had a feeling he knew this woman from somewhere and on the plane ride home he realized who she was and what she meant to me. When he came home from his stint in Somalia he told me about all the good work they had done together and how genuinely kind and caring Hepburn was and it has stuck with me through all these years.
As a girl I was truly astounded and inspired because here Hepburn was this gorgeous untouchable movie star in my eyes, yet she cared to make this world better, working side by side with my dad. It was one of the small seeds that inspired me to constantly volunteer, support humanitarian efforts, give back to the community and also blog about ethical brands.
While to me there will never be another Audrey Hepburn, there are many modern day celebrities who are taking the time out to do good for this world. And in my heart of hearts I hope that a little 10 year old girl is getting inspired by them as I was inspired by Hepburn.
Here are some contemporary starlets who are doing all kinds of good.
Penelope Cruz: After volunteering with Mother Teresa and spending time with her in India at a leprosy clinic Cruz donated her whole salary from the film The Hi-Lo Country to her charity and started her own foundation. Cruz also volunteered for 2 months in Uganda and has volunteered her time time visiting ex-gang members at Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home. (source and source)
Nicole Kidman: Appointed as an ambassador for UNIFEM (UN Women) to help advocate women’s rights and the improvement of women’s lives around the world, Kidman is pictured above talking to survivors of violence in Haiti. Kidman is also a UNICEF Ambassador for Australia and an Ambassador of the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick where she has contributes hugely financially and also in presence, visiting patients and families at the hospital. (source)
Charlize Theron: In 2008 Theron was made a United Nations Ambassador of Peace tasked to promote efforts to end violence against women around the world. Theron also has her own charity in her home country South Africa called Africa Outreach. Africa Outreach provides funding for mobile health and computer clinics that visit high schools in rural communities affected by HIV/AIDS.