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Helen Mirren praises Kim Kardashian for making it OK 'to have a butt nowadays'

Helen Mirren is not "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," but the 70-year-old is a fan of Kim Kardashian's famous figure and what it means for other women.
/ Source: TODAY

Beloved stage and screen star Helen Mirren is not "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." The reality TV family just isn't her cup of tea.

But the 70-year-old is a fan of Kim Kardashian's famous figure and what it means for other women.

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“I’m not into the Kardashians, it’s a phenomenon I just don’t find interesting, but — and this is the big word: B-U-T-T — it’s wonderful that you’re allowed to have a butt nowadays!” she told the Sunday Telegraph Magazine. “Thanks to Madame Kardashian, and before her, J.Lo. We’re also allowed to have thighs now, which is great too. It’s very positive.”

And that's just how Kardashian herself sees it. After facing backlash for posting racy photos online earlier this year, the reality star penned an essay in defense of her body.

"I am empowered by my body," Kardashian wrote. "I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me."

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As for Mirren, Kardashian isn't the only woman she finds empowering when it comes to body acceptance and behavior.

"Women were controlled by being shamed, so I love women who have claimed their own bodies: Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt," she said. "I love (Russian rock band and protest group) Pussy Riot more than anything in the world. They all raise their middle fingers to this epithet of 'slut.' They wear what they want to wear, behave as they want to behave."

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The Oscar winner summed up what she considers ideal women in two words: "shameless and proud!"

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