About Beauty Beyond Beauty
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An icon (from Greek eikon "image") is generally a flat panel painting. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, done in mosaic or fresco work.

Despite the honor of being referred to as an icon, I am quite sure my mother, Audrey Hepburn, would be astonished to learn she had become an object of devotion. With very little effort, I can just imagine hearing her voice, both alarmed and intrigued, asking:  "Why?" 

From the very early stages of her career through all her wonderful achievements, my mother nev-er really understood exactly what it was that people saw in her. Beauty, grace, style were things she deeply admired in this world, but not associated with herself.

And to be referred to as an inanimate object, such as in the classic definition of icon, would have shocked her even more. An object can't laugh or cry, can't sing or kiss and this, after all, is what she lived for.

So when Director Choi presented this same theme as the basis for an exhibit in Korea, it was like a breath of fresh air.

It has always been a challenge to juxtapose our mother's innate humanity with the world re-nowned icon she became. This is the essence of the challenge that drove us all here. 
We sincerely hope you will enjoy her living spirit in Beauty Beyond Beauty.

Luca Dotti
Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund's Chairman


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