Helen Mirren covers the September 2017 issue of Allure Magazine photographed by Scott Trindle.
On her advice for her younger self: “It’d be to say ‘F–k off’ more and stop being so bloody polite…In those days, you had to. It’s hard to explain how difficult it is to overcome the culture. You become a voice in the wilderness. No one wants to listen.”
On her complicated history with feminism: “I wasn’t into the very didactic feminism of the ’60s and ’70s because I liked wearing makeup and high heels. That was a no-no. It was sort of ‘That’s playing to the patriarchy.’ I was thinking, Well, I just really like it. Then as feminism developed, they realized you can like nice dresses, high-heeled shoes, and makeup. That’s not stopping you from being feminist.”
On never shaming anyone for getting a nip or needle prick: “Anyone should be able to do what they want. 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.”
[Photo Credit: Scott Trindle/Allure Magazine]