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Dame Helen Mirren has her say on Ivanka and Melania Trump

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Dame Helen Mirren has rarely held back on her opinions.

At the beginning of August, the Oscar-winning actress told reporters in typically straightforward style what she really thinks of moisturiser, despite being an ambassador for a massive beauty brand.



“I’m not setting standards for others. All I can do is be who I am. I’ve always loved make-up,” she said. “I know that when I put my moisturiser on it probably does f**k all, but it just makes me feel better. I’ve always said to L’Oreal as well that I will only do what makes me feel better.”

And now the British actor has made her feelings on Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, equally clear.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren attends a photocall at the Grimaldi Forum during the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival on 20 June 2017.

“[Trump] talks a good game, but there’s no substance,” Mirren told the August issue of Allure magazine.

Trump released a book in May titled Women Who Work: Redefining the Rules for Success, and Mirren had some choice words on her advice to working women everywhere.  

“Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about ‘Make time for yourself to have a massage,’ Puh-lease.”



She also spoke about Melania Trump – telling Allure that as an advocate for women’s rights she’s conflicted when discussing Trump women.

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump delivers remarks at the U.S. State Department on 27 June 27 in Washington, DC.

“You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take them down. She almost did that with the hand,” she said, referring to an incident in May this year when the First Lady appeared to swat her husband’s hand away. “’Don’t touch me’.”

Mirren – whose father is Russian – added jokily: “I’m Eastern European, you know; [we’ve] got these dark souls. That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out.”

Melania Trump

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark on 22 May near Tel Aviv, Israel.

She also discussed the “mesmerizing horror” of the Trump administration, saying: “[Donald Trump] just said and did whatever it took to get what he desired.

“That is quite terrifying, because it means there’s a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness.”

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