Why Helen Mirren, 72, used to 'hate' her body

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Legendary actress Dame Helen Mirren may be 72-years-old, but she's not interested in hearing the phrase "anti-aging".

I'm not going to lie and say that everything about aging is great. "She nearly did that with the hand", Mirren said, referencing Melania's hand swat seen 'round the world. Devour a few tidbits from her interview with Lee below, and scoop up an issue when it hits newsstands August 22! "When talking about a woman over, say, 40, people tend to add qualifiers: "She looks great...for her age" or 'She's attractive...for an older woman.' Catch yourself next time and consider what would happen if you just said, 'She looks great'". But, she didn't always see herself that way.

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Helen Mirren has discussed her opinion on the current state of American politics in her cover interview with Allure. She also had a complicated self-image, because she thought she did not fit the standards of beauty when she was younger. You become a voice in the wilderness.

Catch yourself next time and consider what would happen if you just said, "She looks great". It was sort of 'That's playing to the patriarchy.' I was thinking, Well, I just really like it. That is quite terrifying, because it means there's a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness", she told the mag, "It's a bit like watching a vehicle crash.

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On feminism..."I wasn't into the very didactic feminism of the '60s and '70s because I liked wearing makeup and high heels. Don't talk too much; don't stare.' I have to give myself all these instructions".

Quizzed on who she thinks embodies sexiness in this day and age, the Woman in Gold star cited her flame-haired The Debt co-star Jessica Chastain before explaining why. "If they look in the mirror and go, "I look good" and go out in a positive way-I don't want anyone to feel miserable".

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Thanks to her fierce stance on things like feminism, as well as her charm and beauty, Helen has developed quite a fan club of younger men.

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