Hepburn and Avedon Reunited in the Shittest Way Possible


Words by Billie Jenkins Image courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

“I remember seeing a photo of her jumping on a trampoline – I believe this was before I understood that she was famous. But I remember thinking that she looked like a friend I wish I could have had.” This is a quote from Emma Ferrer in conversation with Harpers Bizarre, of which she is the new cover star, about famous grandmother Audrey Hepburn. It’s utter pish. I have a similar relationship with Lou reed, however it doesn’t qualify me a front page on the magazine shelves. The article is focused around Emma’s reflections on her famous relative, whom she never actually met. All the words seem to describe something ultimately unexceptional, even tenuous under scrutiny. The whole charade seems to have been created for the single sound bite that Hepburn’s granddaughter is being photographed by her long-standing friend and photographers grandson, Michael Avedon. The reliving of beautiful friendship two generations on. Great idea in theory, yet nothing of what made the relationship exceptional or fascinating remains, it’s just flesh and blood. The Independent recently stated that Emma embodies the ’look and sprit’ of Hepburn. To put it bluntly, they were wrong, the connection between the two women ends at both of them having a jawline.

Through all of this, the only person to come out well is Michael. His career is soaring, with or without this underwhelming pantomime. Listed by Forbes as one of 30 up and coming artists under 30, his portfolio speaks for itself, without need for reference to his grandfather. In simple terms, he is above the little publicity stunt that Bazaar have concocted under the false pretence in some way the coming together of old world glamorous relatives will rekindle the spirit of a time that is more sympathetic to the values they represent; an antidote to the sexual-liberation and pop starlets of the Elle and Glamour. Must try harder.

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