Helen Mirren Praises Kim Kardashian: 'It's Wonderful That You're Allowed to Have a Butt Nowadays!'
By Antoinette Bueno
Helen Mirren is all for Kim Kardashian West's body positivity.
The 70-year-old British icon mentions the 35-year-old reality superstar in a new interview with The Telegraph, and while she isn't a fan of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, she does admire Kim's famously curvy physique.
"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!" Mirren says. "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."
"When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing," she adds, explaining that she's happy a new generation of women have redefined traditional beauty standards. "Everything was about women conforming. I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!"
As for how she has managed to maintain her incredible looks, Mirren says there is no secret.
"I have absolutely no beauty regime," the Oscar winner reveals. "I sunbathe -- I know I shouldn't but I love sitting in the sun. I drink wine and occasionally I'll drink to excess. 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."
"I've done everything but I haven't done too much of anything -- I've never had a Coca-Cola, ever," she continues. "Sometimes I use hotel body lotion as conditioner for my hair. I'm not particular. Life is too short and too precious."
Refreshingly, Mirren is absolutely comfortable aging in the spotlight. The L'Oreal spokeswoman says her one demand is that the beauty company never retouch her image.
"For me, one of the best things about getting older is finally being relieved of the whole sex-symbol tag," she says. "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."
ET chatted with the always outspoken Mirren in February at the junket for her film, Eye in the Sky, when she talked about the secret to the success of her relationship with her husband, director Taylor Hackford. The two have been together for 30 years, and married later in life, when Mirren was 52 years old.