Helen Mirren at 70

— by Alyson Walsh


Photo via Woman & Home

‘Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is fucking awesome.’ So says Helen Mirren, who will be 70 on Sunday. We all know growing old is not for cissies but at least Mirren makes it look like fun. The Guardian asked me to write a piece on what the Great Dame has taught us about life and style…

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Helen Mirren attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


“I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, ‘Is this a world you want to live in?’ They would say, ‘No’ “

Mirren thinks sexism and ageism in Hollywood is ‘fucking outrageous.’ Her feisty attitude and incredible work ethic make her a fantastic role model for women of all ages. When it comes to style, she makes eveningwear look easy, has found a look that suits – the figure-hugging lace cocktail dress, the versatile bob, statement earring and woosh of red lipstick – and sticks to it. One of my favourite Mirren quotes is:

‘The weird thing is, you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. I think one of the great advantages of getting older is that you let go of certain things.’


Helen Mirren by Mary McCartney, 1998


Read the full article HERE.

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