Helen Mirren says she admires Kim Kardashian for promoting body positivity; applauds women who are "shameless and proud"
Helen Mirren has praised Kim Kardashian West for showing women that they can be curvy and sexy.
Helen Mirren and Kim Kardashian
While the 70-year-old actress is not really a fan of the 35-year-old star's reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she admires Kim for promoting body positivity.
She said: "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! 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."
The Oscar-winning actor said women had been pressured into conforming to demure stereotypes throughout the 20th century, but many contemporary celebrities took pleasure in breaking taboos.
She explained: "When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing. Everything was about women conforming. I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!"
She added, "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 'sl*t' They wear what they want to wear, behave the way they want to behave."