Happy girls are the prettiest

October 28, 2016

A pink

Ok, so style icon Audrey Hepburn didn’t write these beauty tips. But she did quote them a lot, it’s said, and I can see why.  I mean, who doesn’t believe in kissing?

And of course happy girls ARE the prettiest girls. The question is, though, if pretty girls are the happiest. Are they?

But I like her thought better.

Looking for the good in others should be easy. But of course, sometimes we have to dig around to excavate the good.  When you get there for Trump, let me know.

Pink is not my favorite color. The pastel looks kind of insipid when I wear it and hot pink makes my skin look red. But it’s definitely girly.

But Hepburn was so about so much more than the color pink and beauty tips. The American Film Institute named her one of the greatest female stars of all time and she’s one of the few who has won an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy.

After she died, I was fascinated to learn about the significant post-acting career she had as a humanitarian. Celebrity is a gift, and when someone uses it for more than financial gain — when they use it to help others — it balances the equation.

While I don’t ordinarily admire actors for more than their talent, Hepburn is one of the people I admire most from my lifetime.  What stands out most about this woman is that she had a “whole” life and by that I mean she excelled at her profession and gave back to the world in even greater measure. Which may well be why she seems like one of the happy girls, at least to me. And a person I greatly admire.

I’d love to know some of the people you most admire–even just one. From your lifetime. In the Comments below. Thank you!

41 comments on “Happy girls are the prettiest
  1. candy says:

    Audrey Hepburn is a woman to look up to and admire. Yes happy girls are pretty girls.

  2. First, Audrey Hepburn, just wow.

    My daughter, a violist, got her masters in music performance. She had high hopes of securing a full time seat with a major orchestra. She had some luck and does perform on the stage at times, but in the meantime, she discovered a love of teaching. She went with it. Now she directs a program for inner city kids who want music in their lives but struggle to fund lessons. She’s everything to them, a mentor, a kind presence. She evolved to be where she felt she should, over her own plans and I adore (and admire) her for knowing she can’t practice her craft without helping others practice theirs.

  3. Leanne says:

    I am always fascinated by Audrey because I’ve never seen a picture of her where she didn’t look truly beautiful – even the later ones where she’s in a third world country with orphans – she was always so serene. I can’t think of a celebrity I admire off the top of my head – they float thru my world without leaving footprints I’m afraid.

  4. adela says:

    I admire my mother, Rita. She, for sure, believes that happy girls are pretty girls. She’s 87, deep-lines, white-haired, and smiles all the time. She is beautiful. She keeps current, volunteers, and is a life-time learner. One-step-ahead, I hope to follow in her footsteps.

  5. Audrey Hepburn was beautiful on the inside and out. It’s not hard to think of people whose wonderful spirit make their outsides even more attractive. My father, my mother, my husband, and many others I’m lucky to know. But the converse holds true as well. I think of a couple of people who are physically perfect and on first glance, quite stunning. Then, realizing with time that there is emptiness on the inside, their physical beauty diminishes. Beauty can be monstrous.

  6. renee says:

    I always admired her and loved the work she did both in film and elsewhere. I think the person I admire most is my Mother. I never fully realized how strong she was or how beautiful she was until she was gone. She was a strong outspoken woman of the 50’s and 60’s when women were to be seen and not heard. I love that about her.

  7. Cori says:

    It is amazing how so few know about her humanitarian efforts. To most, all she was was a beautiful actress. Pink looks weird on me too.

  8. Ravi Chahar says:

    Hey Carol,

    Just like you, I am not a big fan of any actor. But it’s always believed that people who have their pure heart are a way more beautiful.

    Of course, happy girls are always beautiful. This thing can be taken from a different perspective.

    Thanks for this wonderful article.

  9. Michele says:

    I admire Hepburn because of the way she used her life to promote good. Any actress can be a star through movies, but not all will be a star through their life. And happy girls ARE the prettiest, always.

  10. Diane says:

    Mom always told me: “A smile is the best facelift.” And: “You’re not properly dressed until you have put on your smile.”
    Having said that, my heroes are Katherine Hepburn (those Hepburn ladies!) and Maggie Smith!

  11. I’ve always been an Audrey Hepburn fan for all the reasons you state. And I’m sure there are many a celebrity who do great charitable works that we are really unaware of. I admire lots of people who give and they are all around us every day.

  12. Barbara says:

    I became a lifelong fan of Ms. Hepburn after I saw The Nun Story, back in the early ’60’s. She went on to be an amazing humanitarian and I grew to love her more and more.
    Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman I greatly admired. I see many parallels between her life, personally and in the public eye, and Hillary’s. Neither had/has perfect marriages but somehow make a great team with their spouses. Always working to help others while taking flak for their appearance and/or being too pushy. I can’t wait for our first woman president. I believe it is a major turning point in the right direction.

  13. angie says:

    she was one of my favorite actress but I would never have thought of her and pink. She was beautiful and talented
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  14. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Audrey Hepburn has always been one of the people I look up to. Loved her in the movies, and loved her humanitarian contributions. She left us far too soon.

  15. Truthfully, I do not know all that much about her. But you’ve piqued my interest!

  16. sue says:

    Hi Carol, Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of class and elegance plus add in her humanitarian work and she was the complete package. I admire an Australian girl, Turia Pitt. She was absolutely gorgeous and an ultra marathon runner who was caught in a bush fire in outback Australia during an ultra marathon. With horrific burns she has battled through countless operations and just recently competed again in a marathon. She has had to endure pain plus the loss of her beauty but has remained strong with the help and support of her loving partner. A true inspiration to any girl/woman.

  17. Amber Myers says:

    I love this a lot!

    I admire my mother, honestly. She was in the military and kicked butt.

  18. Wow favorite post I’ve read all day! Beautiful quote and post as well. I did one on Marylyn monroe and how we all can relate to her.

  19. Linda Hobden says:

    My icon was always Debbie Harry of Blondie … she was the epitome of cool when I was a teenager in the late 79s/early 80s. I admired her singing, her hair, her makeup, her style. She is a tough cookie with a heart of gold.

  20. Kimberly C. says:

    I admire my son. He’s such a blessing and sweetheart. My best production ever!

  21. I think the woman I admire most is Michelle Obama, who has so much grace and style. Plus, she’s funny and warm and seems like she would be an amazing friend. And, of course, there’s her philosophy about going high when they go low. She is a class act.

  22. Crystal gard says:

    Happy girls are prettiest, and I do like the quotes Audrey hemphburn used

  23. One of my biggest inspirations is Zuzka Light.She inspires me because she embraces who she is truly is and is shameless about it. Also because she does not let her past define her future or who she is. 🙂

  24. Always and forever Erma Bombeck!

  25. janie EMaus says:

    Erma Bombeck is at the top of my list! And of course, my mother.

  26. Ima says:

    I just love this Audrey Hepburn’s quote too!
    One person I really admire is Mahatma Gandhi.
    I dunno, there was truly something about that man.

  27. I really admire Oprah Winfrey!Love how she empower women. And my mom 🙂

  28. Vyjay says:

    When you are happy from the inside this transforms into a radiance which envelops your exterior. This has the effect of creating a beautiful effect.

  29. Nicky says:

    I admire my Grams! She’s a strong and hard working woman! Pink is great for accessories, I don’t really wear pink because I can’t pull it off lol

  30. Elizabeth O. says:

    I love her because she is indeed such an inspiration to many women. I love her positivity and her drive to help others. We can only do so much in this world and she definitely maximized what she could do.

  31. it’s sad that a lot of people aren’t aware of all the humanitarian work she did. she was really dedicated to that life.

  32. ourfamilyworld says:

    What a beautiful post and inspiring quotes. Thanks for sharing this message today.

  33. Valerie says:

    What a woman. She definitely encouraged girl power. I love it. Thanks for encouraging us today.

  34. Vera Sweeney says:

    It is amazing how much being happy can do to affect everything. I love that picture they are beautiful quotes.

  35. lex says:

    1. this is inspiring.
    2. this is a good way to encourage and give people that push.
    3. i loved reading this post from start to finish.

    thanks for this wonderful piece.

  36. AbiGail says:

    Audrey Hepburn is idealised by all fantastic post

  37. Hi Carol,
    I love this. You didn’t write prettiest girls are happiest; you wrote, happiest girls are prettiest. I agree. I loved Hepburn too.
    Thanks for bringing your post to last week’s Pit Stop.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  38. lisa Rios says:

    I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn for her classic beauty and for being such a great talent. It always feels good when celebrities step-in to help with important cause as it could inspire many others to give back for the society.

  39. Carolann says:

    I always adored her. She is the epitome of class and beauty.I’m not much of a pastel person either but I do love them nonetheless. At times, I’m bold and even wear them!

  40. Funny that Hepburn was often referred to as having a “boyish figure.” She was more of a powerhouse as feminine than most. She was supportive of a little not-for-profit client I was working with many years ago – and by doing so, made a big difference in their growth (actually, initially, survival). An amazing woman on so many levels.

  41. Jelina Roy says:

    Audrey Hepburn is gem of a Women and I agree that Happy Girls look beautiful Girls or vice versa !!

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