Back in the 1960s and 70s, feminist marches took over the streets in New York, London, and other cities where conscious, self-aware women protested against stereotypes surrounding femininity, motherhood, and a woman's body.
Most people would remember them wrongly as bra-burning feminists. They didn't, in fact, burn them, but threw camisoles, nylons, and girdles into the trash can. Why? They rejected the very pieces of clothing that reduced them to mere objects in men's eyes. During that time, Helen Mirren, an outspoken feminist, was known for her curvaceous body that screamed sexiness.
Mirren has taken part in women's marches and has spoken about the importance of being a feminist. She once famously said, "No matter what sex you are, or race, be a feminist." But in the 1960s, her ideas didn't resonate with what was being said at the time.
She liked applying makeup and strapping on high heels. "That was a no-no. It was sort of 'That's playing to the patriarchy.'" However, she continued to do what she liked because well, she really liked it, Allure Magazine quoted her as saying.
Mirren defined beauty, authenticity and even the idea of sexiness by her own standards. That's one reason why she didn't find herself sexy even if the world thought so. In her own words, she felt her cheeks were fat, legs were short and her breasts too big. Later, she understood why the world perceived her as sexy.
"I fell into the cliche of sexiness: blonde hair, tits, waist, which I hated at the time because it was not fashionable," she said. In any case, she did absolutely nothing to change it.
The Oscar winning actress said sexiness isn't merely born out of good looks or confidence; there's a precise mathematical equation. She said, "When intelligence is combined with beauty, it’s extraordinary...[like] Natalie Portman." In many ways, it feels like Mirren lives by it.
She speaks her mind, exudes beauty, style, and sexiness in a way that's personal. At 67, she doesn't stop herself from sporting pink hair on the red carpet, partying with Vin Diesel or fan girling at other celebrities. "Oh, I’m always starstruck anytime I meet a movie star. I’m paralyzed."
It feels this is her motto when she says, "Anyone should be able to do what they want."