Funny Face

“I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.” –Audrey Hepburn

I like this picture because it is from early in her career and, because it is a publicity still and not directly from a film, she is not in the moment, she is herself, and unsure of that self. She looks uncomfortable and nervous.

That tightness in her face, the taut posture. It makes her seem very awkward (and therefore more accessible than in most images) for a person whose grace is so iconic. A tremendous deal of pressure for a woman as young as she was, a survivor of German occupation and famine, to suddenly be starring opposite Fred Astaire, one of the world’s most famous entertainers at the time? Kind of makes you feel better about the weird moments of self-doubt that steal across your mind when you’re posing for work badges and the like, doesn’t it?

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