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Be a Deer

When I was 15 I had a complete obsession with Audrey Hepburn. I has just gone on exchange to Paris and was starting to get into fashion and then my sister mentioned Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'll always remember how it first came up, she was talking about the cat in the movie and how Holly Golightly had never given it a proper name, just referred to it as Cat. Well being the feline freak I am I instantly knew I had to see the film and felt an instant bond to this Holly character. It wasn't until my Audrey obsession became more serious and I started reading about her life that I discovered her love of all types of animals. The story that always stuck out to me about Ms. Hepburn was her pet fawn, Ip. 

In 1959 Audrey made a movie called Green Mansions where she played a "forest-dwelling girl". This nymph-like character she was supposed to be was always surrounded by nature and animals so the animal trainer on set had her take the film's little deer home with her so it would be comftorable around her. The result was the sweetest human-animal love affair and was lovingly captured by Audrey's close friend and photographer, Bob Willoughby.

I've always loved Audrey Hepburn for her effortless glamour, youthful spirit and, as these images prove, her gentle soul.

15 year-old-me is still hoping I'll be able to one day have my own little fawn, let's just hope she gets along with cats!


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