There are many reasons Helen Mirren is deemed an ‘icon'. Her incredible portfolio of work, including multiple award-nominations and wins throughout her acting career, her confidence in herself and her power as a woman and in her fellow women, no matter her age or theirs; and her poise, dignity and grace standing up for what she believes in at all times.
These may represent just a handful of reasons that Helen Mirren is one of the most lauded famous figures of our time, but we can now add to that the game changing Helen Mirren Allure magazine interview and cover, which has everyone talking thanks to her candid confessions, campaign for an end to the word ‘anti ageing', and her open and unapologetic criticism of the current status quo. One thing is for sure, the Helen Mirren Allure interview does not hold back.
Helen Mirren has never been one to censor her view or opinions. She famously called Michael Parkinson out in 1975 for being sexist in a what came across as a creepy and uncomfortable interview with her.
"I could see why - when I got far enough back from my young self - they called me sexy in those days" Mirren muses in the interview with Allure.
And now at 72, Helen Mirren isn't going to start holding back now. A proud feminist, she doesn't believe in backing women into boxes or stereotypes based on the fight for equality, "you can like nice dresses, high-heeled shoes, and makeup. That's not stopping you from being feminist."
However, she does take issue with the word "beauty" - which she called "intimidating" for at least "90% of women" - and agrees with Allure magazine's new stance to ban the word "anti-ageing".
Editor in Chief of Allure, Michelle Lee explains the reason behind the mag's resolution to stop using the term, used so commonly in the beauty industry now, "Whether we know it or not, we're subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle."
Mirren whole-heartedly agrees. "This word ‘anti-aging' - we know we're getting older. You just want to look and feel as great as you can on a daily basis."
"If people treat me like the age I am, I get absolutely insulted, really cross. I hate when people give up their seat for me. No, no, no. I don't want your seat."
Although Mirren is all about embracing ageing and accepting who you are unashamedly, "Anyone should be able to do what they want", the star also reflects on her regrets from her youth. In a classic Mirren moment, uncensored and carefree, the actress reflects in the interview that she wishes she'd told people to ‘F**k off' more and that she hadn't always been so "bloody polite."
You can read the full Helen Mirren Allure interview in the September issue of the magazine, which is out now.