Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson singing On How to Be Lovely from the film Funny Face 1957
Knowing what do when and how to act perfectly and properly in public and in social situations has been my mission as far back as I can remember. Some moments of my social slip-ups were really embarrassing for me, such as, my feet smelling completely awful in junior high and my friends noticing and commenting on it one day while I was wearing sandals sitting around in a group. Or all the times I didn’t have my legs closed when I was younger and went up front for the children’s sermon during church and having the whole congregation see my underwear or stockings. I was always painfully aware and monitoring social situations for any faux pauxs I may have made or monitoring people’s social interactions with each other to see if they were mad, sad, upset, or frustrated with me or someone else. I have spent many of my 27 years on this earth mediating for friends and family, because, well, I am good at it, but it also has given me a different worldview and social anxiety.
I chose the film Funny Face and this particular song, On How to Be Lovely, because its lyrics send a clear message. Audrey Hepburn is copying Kay Thompson to learn how to be and act like a fashion model, the lyrics go something like this,