Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, 76-years-old, details why she hates the term ‘anti-aging’

Helen Mirren is the epitome of grace in my eyes. the well-known British actress who has starred in a number of important movies over the last few decades, including “Caligula” and “The Queen.”

The enduring diva, who turned 76 this past summer, explained why she despises continually having her age and appearance analyzed.

Age hasn’t changed Dame Helen Mirren’s beauty; she’s always been stunning.

She is considered by many to be a timeless woman.

The 76-year-old actress, who was born in London, is best known for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie The Queen, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. However, Mirren is well known for her acting flexibility and has won a number of additional prizes.

She has played a variety of characters over the years, both serious and lighthearted.

She’s not just well-known due of her roles in movies, though.

The honorable actress has consistently made it plain what she thinks about the unfair treatment of women in her field. Her advanced age has only increased the protests against the various ways in which these prejudices are expressed. She is a passionate opponent of numerous injustices.

In fact, the actress went into great length in a 2019 interview with Grazi on why she despises words like “anti-aging” and “beauty.” She explained that she believed this word has victimized her generation in particular:

“How can a product be ‘anti-ageing’? That’s like saying, ‘I’m anti-sun.’ Well, the sun is going to rise. ‘Well no, I’m anti it.’”

We all go through the natural process of aging. However, society appears fixated on the desire to appear as young as possible.

Wellness programs keep us as fit as someone 20 years younger than us, and there are innumerable creams and serums that advertise a “healthier, younger” version of ourselves. But few people appear interested in acknowledging our true age.

Ageing naturally should not be a reason for stigma or marginalization, according to Mirren.

“It’s extremely annoying to women of my generation and others following mine to have beauty products sold on a 15-year-old face,” she added.

Taking it a step further, the actress also explained clearly why she does not like the use of the word “beauty,” either.

She said:

“They’ll think: ‘Well, I’m not beautiful. It’s all very well for all these beautiful women, but I don’t feel beautiful.’

“I don’t want to exclude these people from feeling fabulous about themselves.”

Growing older can be difficult to accept, but witnessing people embrace and adore beauty at all ages can make it easier.

Being a brand ambassador for L’Oréal, Mirren discussed her desire to discover alternatives to words like these, such as replacing the concept of “beauty” with the word “being,” which may refer to everyone. She stated, “I’m a being that wants to wear red hair,” as an example.

Dame Mirren, in another interview with The Cut, addressed the term again in relation to the company she represents.

“With each era, it’s the start of something new, so I absolutely believe in beauty products for all ages, and all skin types, but I don’t like the word ‘anti-aging’,” she said. “I think it’s demeaning, actually. L’Oréal doesn’t use the term and I appreciate it.”

Mirren does acknowledge in the interview that it is great when individuals take care of themselves, despite the fact that it is mentioned. She continues by pointing out that vanity is a “vice,” saying:

“It’s not vain to wash your hair and then brush dry it and put products into it, or to put makeup on.”

Mirren hasn’t had long hair for decades, but now she’s trying it out.

“I thought, do you know what, it’s pretty cool, I think I’ll stick with it for a little while. It will come off eventually…but I’m kind of enjoying it, it’s quite radical,” the actress said.

Dame Mirren also asserts that she has not yet personally encountered the problem of vanity. She uttered:

“I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone vain, actually. I think people can get obsessed with their own looks in this world of social media, but I suspect that really mostly comes from a sense of insecurity more than self-love.”

Additionally, the actress has noticed some promise in these areas. Through their contacts on social media, she observed a “rising consciousness” among young people, she told Grazia. The celebrity predicted that this will make today’s youth one of history’s most significant generations.

“They are coming into womanhood with the consciousness of the #MeToo movement,” she explained, “With the consciousness of feminism being, again, an accepted and celebrated word.”

Women and girls are told they should be slender, tall, symmetrical, and have flawless skin in our beauty-obsessed culture.

Helen, however, has been fighting the battle for many years and continues to defy notions of beauty.

Sir Michael Parkinson refused to accept the star’s apology in 2019 for a prior interview, which the Dame used to further her criticism of how women are treated in the media.

Parkinson invited Mirren to be a guest on his show in 1975.

She was the “sex queen” of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he told the audience and watchers. He continued by bringing up a criticism of the actress, who was 30 at the time, that she was portraying “sluttish eroticism” in a production.

Parkinson also asked the young actress if she ever distracted an audience with her “equipment” and if it was possible for serious actors to have “big bosoms.”

More recently, Mirren called Parkinson a “sexist old fart,” to which the journalist replied: “I don’t regard what happened there as being anything other than good television.”

The self-esteem of young girls and women has been influenced by beauty standards since ancient times. However, improving self-esteem for many people requires bringing attention to diversity and demonstrating that all bodies are great in their own unique ways.

Mirren has undoubtedly encountered discrimination because of her age, physical appearance, and gender. This has simply given her more motivation to keep up the fight against these suppositions and remarks.

Mirren is well-known for her professionalism and commitment to her craft, and both her peers and critics have always held her in high regard. But she also deserves appreciation for her perspective on aging and attractiveness!

As Helen Mirren said, “Being powerful is so much more interesting than being beautiful” — she is a brilliant example of how a woman can be a badass at any age.

We salute Dame Helen Mirren for speaking out in such a strong way and for standing up for women of all ages.

What a relief to witness an actress aging normally. No horrifying cosmetic procedures. She is at ease with the lines on her face, and she is stunning!

Just a lovely, elegant lady who is fun to listen to.

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