(CANNES) — Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren doesn’t spend her off hours sitting around watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but she says he does give Kim Kardashian credit for making it OK for women in today’s society to be curvy and have some meat on their bones.
Speaking to the U.K. paper The Telegraph, Mirren says, “I’m not into the Kardashians — it’s a phenomenon I just don’t find interesting, but — and this is the big word: B-U-T-T — it’s wonderful that you’re allowed to have a butt nowadays!”
She adds, “Thanks to Madame Kardashian, and before her, J-Lo. We’re also allowed to have thighs now, which is great too. It’s very positive.”
While Mirren, who’s 70, is frequently described as being sexy, she says she’s relieved that she’s not expected to be anymore.
“For me, one of the best things about getting older is finally being relieved of the whole sex-symbol tag,” she tells the paper. “There is good and bad in aging. Each age you become reveals a new person you’ve become. I loved being young but I’ve enjoyed every stage in different ways. I’m happy being in my 70s and there will be another person in me at 80, hopefully, and I can’t wait to meet her.”
She adds, “I’m just incredibly grateful to be here and incredibly grateful for my health. When I do anything it’s always to do with health, not beauty.”
Amazingly, Mirren says she has no beauty regimen whatsoever.
“I sunbathe — I know I shouldn’t but I love sitting in the sun. I drink wine and occasionally I’ll drink to excess,” she admits. “I eat French fries. I’ve never managed to go to the gym for longer than two months. I always forget to take my vitamins…Sometimes I use hotel body lotion as conditioner for my hair. I’m not particular. Life is too short and too precious.”
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