If you have ever wondered what the style icon Audrey Hepburn thought of herself and getting older, Audrey's son Luca is telling her story now. Luca Dotti tells Vanity Fair's Laura Jacobs in the May issue all about the time his mother spent in Rome, a country Hepburn loved and lived in. To prepare for his new book Audrey in Rome, Dotti gathered some 2,500 photos from the archives of the Reporters Associati that capture his mother throughout the Eternal City.
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Reflecting on his mother's signature style, evidenced in many of the images in the book, Dotti remembers that scarves were her vice. "Well, it wasn't like Imelda Marcos and shoes," he says. "She had, like every woman, maybe 30 or 40. It was a good way to be in disguise, big sunglasses and a scarf. Occasionally she was able to do her shopping without having all the crowds behind." Hepburn's iconic look was, according to her son, what she thought of as "a good mixture of defects." Dotti explains, "She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast.
I don't understand why people see me as beautiful. - Audrey Hepburn
He also remembers that aging never scared Hepburn. "She was always a little bit surprised by the efforts women made to look young," Dotti recalls. "She was actually very happy about growing older because it meant more time for herself, more time for her family, and separation from the frenzy of youth and beauty that is Hollywood. She was very strict about everybody's time in life." Though, adds Dotti, "The only big regret I have, and she would have had, is not knowing her grandchildren. Because she would have been a fantastic grandmother-cooking cakes, keeping the grandchildren on every occasion, and telling them stories."
The May issue of Vanity Fair will be available on newsstands in New York and L.A. on April 4 and nationally and on the iPad, Nook, and Kindle on April 9.