Audrey Hepburn top choice in beauty poll

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 June, 2004, 12:00am

Sixties film icon Audrey Hepburn has been named the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.

The star (pictured) of Roman Holiday and Breakfast At Tiffany's was the top choice of a panel of experts from the fashion and beauty industry who were given a list of 100 ravishing women to choose from.

Also in the top five were movie stars Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie and Grace Kelly.

'Audrey Hepburn is the personification of natural beauty,' Rosie Green, beauty director for Elle magazine, told Britain's Press Association.

'She has a rare charm and inner beauty that radiates when she smiles. Her skin looks fresh in all her films and her personality really shines through.'

The panel of beauty editors, makeup artists, fashion editors, model agents and fashion photographers was asked to rank the women for their 'embodiment of natural beauty, healthy living, beautiful on the inside and out, with great skin and a natural glow to their personality, as well as their complexion,' said Evian, the drinks company organising the survey.

More than 76 per cent of the beauty experts mentioned the unassuming Hepburn in their top 10.

In later life, she campaigned for children's charities and Unicef. She died in 1993, aged 63.

The survey also showed 32 per cent of the icons that panel members voted number one were blondes, 22 per cent were redheads and 46 per cent brunettes.

Australian beauties headed the nationality contest, with three featuring in the top 10. They were Natalie Imbruglia, Cate Blanchett and Elle MacPherson.

'People who are confident without a scrap of makeup and look healthy, happy and glowing, seem like natural beauties to me,' said Eleonore Crompton, of Heat magazine.