The article, “We Take a Girl to Look for Spring“, published in London’s Picture Post, featured photographs of a young chorus girl. The girl was unknown—and her name was Audrey Hepburn.
At that time, Hepburn was simply one more face in the chorus of London’s West End musical revues, specifically Sauce Piquante.
But it was the face that photographer Bert Hardy picked to model for the article, shot in and around London’s Kew Gardens and Richmond Park. Audrey is shown sitting in the outdoor café, posing in the topiary, and exercising a dog (her own).
But calling Audrey Hepburn a “face” is hugely reductive. She was fluent in five languages and it’s long been rumored she was a messenger for the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. She would go on to become not only a gifted ballerina, but a cinematic superstar.
Yet here, before the beginning of her film career, she was simply a model for a set of pictures ushering in the spring.