Insight: Breakfast at Tiffany’s


We should be careful what we become “fans” of and what we “glamorize”.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn who plays “Holly” in this novel “made” movie has become glamorized as well as Audrey Hepburn idolized in her role, character, and association with Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

However, in this role, she is an expensive escort, per a description that I read online, who is looking for a rich man to marry.

Her escape is how she feels when visiting Tiffany’s, the high end jewelry store in New York.

She meets a neighbor, who too is a prostitute. He is a writer, being “taken care” of by a married older woman. He is a gigolo.

Her clothes, love for Tiffany’s, persona, character and romance, has been glamorized and has clouded some viewers of the unrespectful lifestyle that she and her neighbor lived and her solace in escaping deeper issues at hand. As well as “the remedy” for her comfort.

An expensive escort can be likened to a prostitute. When thinking of a prostitute, most people think of a woman who sells her body or performs sexual services for the payment of money.

es•cort: a person who may be hired to accompany someone to a social event. (Google)

Synoyms: paid companion, hostess, geisha (Google)

• euphemistic – a prostitute. (Google)

pros•ti•tute – a person, in particular a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment. (Google)

synoyms: callgirl, whore informal: hooker, escort (Bold emphasis added) (Google)

• a person who misuses their talents or who sacrifices their self-respect for the sake of personal or financial gain. (Bold emphasis added) (Google)

• put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use or purpose for the sake of personal or financial gain. (Google)

gig•o•lo: a young man paid or financially supported by an older woman to be her escort or lover. (Google)

synoyms: playboy, escort, male escort, paid escort. (Google)

With all these factors in mind, this is not something to glamorize or aspire to.

It pays to look well into what we admire. There could be a glamorization present used to gloss over something else.

Until Next Time,

Bridget Denise Webb

Images and animation of Audrey Hepburn are used with permission from image providers on Pixaby.

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