Sunday, December 14, 2008

WHEN I'M 64....

I'd rather look like this...

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren, age 63

...than this:

The starved body of an older anorexic

Wouldn't you?

Dame Helen Mirren dishes on size zero, the fashion industry, and eating disorders:

From the Mail Online:

"01 October 2007"

"Dame Helen Mirren has joined the size zero debate by blaming women for pushing teenage girls towards eating disorders.

The 62-year-old Oscar winning actress said women were behind the images of skinny girls on the catwalk and in magazines giving teenage girls a complex about their weight.

In a vitriolic attack Dame Helen said: "I blame my own sex vehemently on this.

"It is women who run the magazines and women who editorialise and women who make the decisions.

"I think it is completely iniquitous to have incredibly skinny girls on the runway.

"A lot of the girls are horrifically thin and of course they have a problem.

"Mostly the fashion industry chooses to turn a blind eye."

The actress has bared all for numerous roles during her lengthy stage and screen career. She admitted she was not averse to cosmetic surgery and had been airbrushed on the cover of her autobiography In The Frame. But she said she was left shocked by her own experience of the modelling industry after visiting agents with her niece Natalie Fitzgerald, who was keen to get work.

Dame Helen said: "I took my 17-year-old niece around to some modelling agencies because she is very tall at more than 6ft.

"I knew that a little part of her brain was thinking: 'I could be a model.'

"She is a slim, flat-bellied and normal girl. Every modelling agency told her she would have to lose weight and I felt so guilty because she really did not have to.

"When she got home I did not want her to feel like that."

Miss Fitzgerald, now 20, subsequently chose not to join an agency and relies on finding work herself.

But Dame Helen said the incident exposed the dangerous side of the industry to her first-hand.

She said: "It is not just skinny girls. It is those ads telling you to use foundation and the girl in the ad is a 13 year old and has no make up on whatsoever.

"The whole thing is based on fantasy. The catwalk clothes may look fabulous on the thin girl but they look ridiculous on a normal slim girl."

Dame Helen's celebrated curves earned her a sex symbol tag. But the actress, who has scooped trophies this year for The Queen, Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect, said she spent her career trying to shake it off.

She added: "It annoyed me when I was younger. At the time maybe I should have been enjoying it but I found it a bit of an albatross.

"As I got older I cared less and less and now I am absolutely thrilled!

Dame Helen, who could return to the British stage, said she was planning to lighten her workload with 'a slow little walk to one side.'

"The ageing process happens and you cannot do the things you used to do," she said. "I will fight it off for as long as I can.

"As for cosmetic procedures, you cannot be 80 and look 50 but if I get to a point where it is really depressing me and I want to feel better about myself then I will do it.

"I would love to have my chunky legs liposuctioned but I am too frightened." "


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Anonymous said...

I always find it a little hypocritical when someone who's naturally slim and beautiful (like her) says these things.

She looks amazing for someone who's 64. But if i were 64 i know i would not look like that, and i'd feel horrible about myself.

Lily Jane said...

I love Helen- she's married to my cousin (Taylor Hackford) and she doesn't just "act" for cameras. She's genuine, sweet, warm, and CARING.

And Josie, she works just as hard as any Hollywood star to keep her figure. But here's the main "key" point: She does it in moderation.

Medusa said...

(((Lily Jane)))

Every quality you mentioned about Helen radiates from her. She's one classy, extremely gifted lady. How lucky you are to have her in your life.

Take care, hon.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

with all the abuse my body has suffered I'll be lucky to be alive tomorrow let alone at 64, I've already 'died' 9 times...

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon this site and really commend it. Thankfully [touch wood] I have never had an eating disorder, BUT have suffered for 30plus years from an opiate addiction. I think the two conditions are similar, the obsession, the guilt, the bodily damage, and [if one is lucky] the long slow road to recovery. I have known anorexics/bulimics and cannot understand the purging, as vomiting terrifies me. -But, I understand utterly the ''addictive'' nature of the compulsion. Drug addiction is just as miserable, and it too has devastating consequences on health, both mental and physical. I do wonder if early loss, eg, a parent dying, or a painful episode /experience in one's formative years triggers such behaviours. Helen Mirren is a credit to her gender. She looks great for her age, a powerful, attractive and humane person. Catherine , UK.