This is all over Tumblr and Pinterest with versions of the same caption: “Audrey Hepburn getting ready for an outdoor bath while vacationing at Côte d’Azur 1956.” I want to believe, and so do you:


My problem is twofold. First of all, posing nude would have been out of character for what I know of Aubrey Hepburn. (And despite several random internet captions suggesting this was a paparazzi shot, it’s posed or I’ll eat that fine lady’s bath beads.) Second, whenever I spot essentially the same caption on a hundred different social media instances of an image, I smell a rat.

Finally, I’ve found a counter-provenance that seems more plausible. The same photo appears here in a collection of nudes (models not identified) attributed to photographer André de Dienes.

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