Audrey Hepburn's Granddaughter Channels the Late Style Icon

Emma Ferrer (Michael Avedon/Harpers Bazaar)
Emma Ferrer (Michael Avedon/Harpers Bazaar)

Sean Ferrer, the elder son of Audrey Hepburn, has noticed similarities between his late mother and his 20-year-old daughter, Emma Ferrer, even though the women never had the chance to meet.

"My mother was the same as she was on the screen: unassuming, humble, funny, emotional, strong, delicate," Ferrer tells Harper's Bazaar of his mother, who died of a cancer in 1993, more than a year before Emma was born. "Fortunately Emma has much better boundaries than either Mom or I ever had. But the genes are strong — and the comedic gene is alive and well. And I can't help but think that both had to quit professional ballet because they were too tall."

The long and lithe Emma channels the source of those famous genes on the cover of the subscriber version of this month's Harper's Bazaar. In her first modeling job, Audrey's granddaughter evokes the iconic image of the Oscar-winning actress by wearing chic ensembles in a simple, sophisticated color palette — all looks reminiscent of Audrey. (The photographer for the shoot was none other than Michael Avedon, grandson of famed photographer Richard Avedon, who regularly captured snapshots of Audrey in the '50s.)

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(Michael Avedon/Harpers Bazaar)
(Michael Avedon/Harpers Bazaar)

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Emma reveals in an accompanying interview that in addition to dressing like her grandmother, she's also been thinking about her more than usual.

"I've been questioning a lot lately what she means to me," Emma, a student at the Florence Academy of Art, tells the magazine. "I knew her image, of course, and that I happened to be, by pure chance, related to her. But as a child I couldn't really relate to Audrey Hepburn, the actress. To me, she was family. I can live with her through my father. His stories are all about his growing up.

"But honestly, I haven't seen all of her movies," Emma reveals. "When I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, I enjoyed it the same way any young girl would. I've seen My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday, but I suppose my favorite is Funny Face."

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The difference was that Emma had more than a poster of Audrey on her wall. She still has her grandmother's cashmere turtlenecks — "which I adore and wear all throughout the winter," she notes — and "a white antique stuffed teddy bear."

Although the photos turned out beautifully for the novice model, don't expect to see much more of her in the pages of magazines.

"I don't see myself entirely devoted to a life as a model," Emma explained in a Women's Wear Daily story about the Harper's photo shoot. "I think it would be an amazing accompaniment to what it is I want to do. I'm interested in being involved in the fashion world... but not completely."

In January, Emma plans to move to NYC, where she'll continue studying to be an artist.

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