We all know that Helen Mirren is pretty much life goals. She’s an Oscar-winning actress, she’s gorgeous and if you know anything about her life, you know it’s pretty much been 70 years of crazy amazingness. In an interview with The Telegraph during the Cannes Festival last month, Mirren GOT REAL about body shaming, Hollywood’s standards for women and what makes them beautiful. As if she wasn’t already a goddess (though she claims she isn’t), she praised other women in the industry and called out Hollywood slut-shaming. PRAISE.
While admitting she’s not really a fan of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, she acknowledged how women like Kim K and JLo are responsible for broadening the definition of beauty. ‘This is the big word: B-U-T-T – it’s wonderful that you’re allowed to have a butt nowadays! Thanks to Madame Kardashian, and before her, JLo. We’re also allowed to have thighs now, which is great too. It’s very positive.’
Mirren was happy to show her support for women who are unapologetically themselves and own it while rejecting Hollywood’s limiting beauty standards.
‘When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing. Everything was about women conforming. I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!’
Preach, Queen Helen! For anyone who may have thought she is just a typical grandmother-type, think again, she is anything but!
‘Women were controlled by being shamed, so I love women who have claimed their own bodies. I love Pussy Riot more than anything in the world. They all raise their middle fingers to this epithet of ‘slut.’ They wear what they want to wear, behave as they want to behave.’
Can you just imagine Helen Mirren saying ‘sluttish’ in her proper British accent and rocking out to Pussy Riot? This woman is incredible! We have Beyoncé and Michelle Obama, but who would have pegged perfect Dame Helen Mirren (who won an Academy Award for playing the Queen) as our next straight-talking feminist idol? Well, she sure is now!
Basically, what we’ve learned is that Dame Helen is one of the wisest, chillest women to come through Hollywood and she’s not afraid to let you know it.
And the final word on the Kardashians? If Helen Mirren likes Kim K, so do we.
Because she is flawless.