Classic Film Fashion #162: Rail thin Audrey Hepburn can’t stop eating in Charade (1963).
One pernicious mainstay of romantic comedies is the heroine who eats nonstop and yet never seems to gain weight. This fable, more fiction than unicorns and vampires, acts as a cudgel against women in the body image wars. In her first scene, Audrey Hepburn looks ready to choke among the three plates of food set in front of her at a ski chalet. Not only is the lady thin enough to shame every model at the house of Givenchy (who made Hepburn’s clothes for the film) she has scant evidence of even muscle tone. The audience does not get to witness much of the lady’s emotional eating, we just hear about it from other characters onscreen.