How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy – A Review

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Can I just admit right now that I really like classy people? I’m not just talking about people with a good sense of style or natural beauty. I’m talking about the ones who exhibit class in their actions, attitudes, and speech. The ones who demonstrate integrity in everything they do and refuse to compromise themselves for anyone or anything.

To me, that’s real beauty.

And that’s exactly the kind of thing Jordan Christy talks about in her book, How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World.

Let’s face it. We live in a world where being feminine is considered a sign of weakness. Today, the femininity spectrum seems pretty unbalanced with a lot of women taking to the extremes. We have the girl who screams if she chips a nail, wears the tightest, shortest, sheerest clothes she can find, and throws herself at every guy she meets. On the other end of the spectrum is the girl who refuses to show any sign of femininity because she think it makes her look weak. She won’t let a guy hold the door open for her or sit in his chair if he offers it to her because she thinks she has something to prove.

Obviously, neither of these extremes is healthy. On the one hand, God didn’t make us to be wimps who refuse to use the brain He gave us (And He certainly doesn’t want us to flash everything to the world). But, He also made us for fellowship. We have to realize that no one can do everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. You weren’t made to go it by yourself.

Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday (Wikimedia Commons)

So, where’s a woman to fit in on this scale of femininity?

How about in the happy, classy middle?

In her book, Jordan Christy talks about the obnoxious lack of grace and femininity in this world today. (Think Miley Cyrus. Enough said.) Instead of being the kind of girl who flirts incessantly, dresses immodestly, and speaks with an IQ of a cow, women are capable of possessing the charm and wit exhibited by the members of past generations of the female gender. As Grace Kelly said, “Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery.” Being feminine doesn’t have to mean being dainty and delicate. It means staying true to yourself and not being a carbon copy of all the others around you.

Grace Kelly (Wikimedia Commons)

Christy discusses the techniques necessary to acquiring Hepburn charm by addressing several different factors of life in which women most often feel the pressure to be “shallow.” She discusses modesty, intellectual conversation, professionalism in the workplace, friendships, dating, clothing choices, makeup, and body image in the 8 chapters that comprise this adorable, little book. On each page, the reader will get the feeling that Christy is “leveling” with her, talking to her like a friend would. The author’s sense of humor couples with her blunt, but much needed, message to truly show readers how to be a Hepburn in a Hilton world.

How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World is a must read for every woman, whether you’re 12 or 92. Regardless of whether or not you need to brush up on your femininity skills, this book is a great reminder for us to set an example for the generations of girls that will follow us. After all, do we really want our daughters and granddaughters to grow up with role models like Miley? We have to take the responsibility to be classy and exercise integrity, not only for our own sakes, but for the young girls that surround us each day. For the younger readers, this book is an excellent (and funny) introduction to using the brain God gave you to be yourself and embrace the woman within. Christy shows females of all ages that the frivolous, flippant, flirty girls are seldom the ones who change the world or achieve their dreams.

Miss seeing girls like Audrey and Grace? Follow their secret to charm and grace – be yourself.

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