Helen Mirren Credits Kim Kardashian West with Making Curves More Accepted: 'You're Allowed to Have a Butt Nowadays!'

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated June 06, 2016 03:35 PM
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Helen Mirren may not tune into Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but she’s a fan of Kim Kardashian West for reasons that have nothing to do with her reality star status.

“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!” Mirrren, 70, told U.K.’s The Telegraph. “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.”

Mirren also opened up about no longer considering herself a sex symbol.

“One of the best things about getting older is finally being relieved of the whole sex-symbol tag,” she said. “There is good and bad in aging. 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.”

The actress does admit to feeling self-conscious at times though.

“Sometimes you feel wonderful and – it’s the same whether you’re 13 or 26 or 86 – sometimes you feel insecure and frightened,” said Mirren. “That can change five or six times a day.”

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As for how she’s maintained her youthful looks, Mirren says she opts for a very no frills approach to beauty, diet and fitness.

“I have absolutely no beauty regime,” she said. “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,” she continued. “I’ve never had a Coca-Cola, ever. Sometimes I use hotel body lotion as conditioner for my hair. I’m not particular. Life is too short and too precious.”