Annelies Maria Francine shares a lot with Audrey Hepburn — Belgian heritage, a passion for mid-20th century fashion, killer bone structure, a vivid imagination and, if her 38.6k Instagram followers (at time of publication) are any indication, a promising career already budding in her teens.
The 17-year-old student, currently studying history at the University of Leuven, has big dreams of making it in the world of fashion and modeling, and a work ethic to match. Her first order of business? Creating an Instagram account in which she deftly transforms herself into the notable faces of Hollywood’s Golden Age and beyond — including, of course, the Roman Holiday starlet.
“I have always loved using makeup and hair to transform myself into other people and movie characters,” Francine told Marie Claire. “A year ago I cut my hair into a pixie cut and people started telling me I looked like Audrey Hepburn. I wasn’t very familiar with anything Old Hollywood related at all, but when I looked her up I fell in love with the elegance of vintage silver-screen glamour!”
My great-grandmother made this dress for my grandma when she was 18. She always tried to recreate the latest fashion for my grandmother and her two sisters to wear. I’m ‘reading’ Irene’s Toekomst (Irene’s Future), a book that my grandma used to read when she was younger. #truevintage #truevintageootd #50s #vintage #Friends_of_Faces_and_Style
The Insta-sensation’s natural gift for costume design clearly stems from her great-grandmother, who used to craft clothing for Annelies’ grandmother and her two sisters. Annelies’ account features a touching homage to the gifted seamstress: “My great-grandmother made this dress for my grandma when she was 18. She always tried to recreate the latest fashion for my grandmother and her two sisters to wear,” she captioned a photo of herself in a sea green, light purple and black striped frock, her vintage makeup en-pointe, her 50s-style coif immaculate.
While we wait for Annelies to spill her secrets on her promised YouTube channel, we invite you to admire all that the beauty prodigy’s already put forth:
[ via Marie Claire ]