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Dame Helen Mirren: Kim Kardashian has made women love their bums and thighs

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If you’re interviewing a celebrity, a near-guaranteed way of getting a good quote is asking them what they think about the Kardashians. People tend to have strong opinions on America’s most famous family, you see.

Either they see Kim et al. as body-positive, business-savvy inspirations (Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman recently praised their “bravery and… pioneering spirit”) or they bash them as representative of everything wrong with modern culture – like Rebel Wilson, who once said that “everything [the Kardashians] stand for is against everything I stand for. And they’re not famous for talent”.

Now, Helen Mirren has revealed that she falls in the former camp. “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 told the Sunday Telegraph magazine. “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.”

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Still got it at 70: Helen Mirren on the red carpet at Cannes in May 2016

As a 29-year-old theatre actress, Mirren had to endure an infamously sexist interview with chat show host Michael Parkinson, in which he asked how someone so “sluttishly erotic” with “big bosoms” could ever be regarded as a serious actress. Now aged 70, she revealed she has a soft spot for women who wear revealing clothes, and sees it as an act of rebellion in the face of slut-shaming.

“When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing,” she explained. “Everything was about women conforming. I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!

“Women were controlled by being shamed, so I love women who have claimed their own bodies: Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt. 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.”

She added that she doesn’t consider herself a “goddess type”. That’s the only point, Dame Helen, on which we’ll have to disagree.

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Moya is Women’s Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, podcasts and politics. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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