IN PHOTOS: Showbiz stars channel Audrey Hepburn

Pia Ranada
Pinay leading ladies seek to embody an iconic leading lady, Audrey Hepburn herself, in these 10 stunning photographs

MANILA, Philippines – Last February 20, Velvet Channel unveiled 10 iconic photographs of Filipina leading ladies channeling Audrey Hepburn — British actress, fashion icon and humanitarian whose 20th death anniversary was celebrated last Jan 20, 2013.

The event, entitled “Velvet the Oscar Party 2013,” was a lead-up to the much anticipated 85th Academy Awards.

Hepburn herself has won a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Princess Ann in “Roman Holiday.” She has also received Best Actress Oscar nominations for “Sabrina,” “The Nun’s Story,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Wait Until Dark.” All these films were created within the years 1953 to 1967 during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

She devoted the later part of her life to the United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) working in some of the most disadvantages communities in Africa, South American and Asia from 1988 to 1992 as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

In 1993, at the age of 63, Hepburn died of appendix cancer at her home in Switzerland.

Filipina leading ladies Kristine Hermosa, Andi Eigenmann, Karylle, Maja Salvador, Jessy Mendiola, Erich Gonzales, Maricar Reyes, Julia Montes, Jodi Sta Maria and Empress Schuck faced the daunting but exciting task of embodying the legendary actress and icon.

Each actress was assigned a photographer, make-up artist, stylist and production designer. The 10 teams strove to recreate imagery reminiscent of the icon and her greatest films.

All 10 photographs will be on exhibit from February 21 to 28 at the lobby of Greenbelt 3, Makati.

Jessy Mendiola has only words of praise for the Hollywood star she had to emulate.

The young actress told Rappler during the event, “She’s so iconic in so many ways. She’s a role model and I think a lot of girls my age really look up to her. They look up to classic beauties and she is such a classic, not just her beauty but also her personality.”

At the end of the night, 4 major awards were given out.

Here is the list of winners:

People’s Choice Award winner

“The Face” featuring Andi Eigenmann
Photography: Doc Marlon Pecjo
Makeup: Jake Galvez
Hair: Mark Baquiran

Best Photograph Bronze Medal winner

“The Face” featuring Andi Eigenmann
Photography: Doc Marlon Pecjo
Makeup: Jake Galvez
Hair: Mark Baquiran

Best Photograph Silver Medal winner

“Out of the Shadow” featuring Jessy Mendiola
Photography: Ria Regino
Styling: Patrick Ragadio
Makeup: Jigs Mayuga
Hair: Jaime Sy
Production Design: Rabbithole Creatives

Best Photograph Gold Medal winner

“To Envy is Human” featuring Erich Gonzales
Photography: Paolo Pineda and Ejay Leung
Styling: Anne Bella
Makeup: Omar Ermita
Hair: Jerry Javier

No matter what era, Audrey Hepburn’s fascinating beauty, grace, wit, charm and goodness will be remembered and celebrated. –

 (Excited for the Oscars? Catch Rappler’s live blog of the event on February 25, Monday, 5:30 am.)

"TO ENVY IS HUMAN." The Best Photograph of the bunch features Erich Gonzales channeling Princess Ann, Hepburn's character in "Roman Holiday." Photograph by Paolo Pineda and Ejay Leung

"OUT OF THE SHADOW". Jessy Mendiola is the glamorized Sabrina in this silver-medal-winning photograph. Photograph by Ria Regino

"THE FACE." Andi Eigenmann channels the ballerina and dancer in Audrey Hepburn in this photo that bagged 3rd place. Photograph by Doc Marlon Pecjo

"PARIS ON MY MIND." Empress Schuck has the casual elegance of Audrey Hepburn down-pat. Photograph by Kai Huang

"OPERA NEGATIVE." Jodi Sta. Maria is a somber Audrey who hints at tragedy. Photograph by Dix Perez

"THE VENUS AFFAIR." Maja Salvador captures Hepburn's quirky femininity. Photograph by Miguel Miranda

"ETERNALLY A FAIR LADY." Full of movement and vibrance, this photo featuring Karylle is all about "the Lady". Photograph by Milo Sogueco

"WHAT ABOUT." Julia Montes stars as Holly Golightly, Hepburn's famous character from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Photograph by Niko Villegas

"THE BLACK WIDOW." Marica Reyes channels a grief that Hepburn knew how to evoke. Photograph by Philip Sison

"UNTITLED." Kristine Hermosa is every bit as sassy as Hepburn was in the 1960s. Photograph by Pat Dy

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at