Helen Mirren Covers People’s 2022 Beautiful Issue
Dame Helen Mirren is on the cover of People’s 2022 Beautiful issue, namely because she is beautiful and famous and has a lil’ somethin’ called “swagger” (her words). But 76-year-old Helen says she was shocked to receive the honor, as she’s never considered herself beautiful. “And at my age!” Hot bitch please, we know you’ve seen those bikini pics from 2008.
When Dame Helen Mirren learned she’d been chosen as the cover star of PEOPLE’s 2022 Beautiful Issue, “I was absolutely sort of gobstruck, as we say in England. I never considered myself ‘beautiful.’ And [at] my age! So I was amazed,” the Oscar winner, 76, says.
It’s not a false play at modesty, she makes clear: “Don’t get me wrong — I love beauty and I love looking at beautiful things. But I don’t like the word beauty [as it’s] associated with the beauty industry—makeup and products, skincare and all the rest of it — because I think it excludes the vast majority of us who are not beautiful.”
Wait, “us”? You’re lumping yourself in us, the civilian hags of the Internet? Oh no. The Dame proceeds to double-down on self-identifying as a non-beautiful:
“There are incredibly beautiful people in the world, and it’s an absolute delight to look at them, male or female. Beautiful people are a wonder to behold…”
“But most of us are not beautiful. We have other stuff, which is just as powerful as beauty. And I would like to see us celebrate those things … I love the word swagger because I think swagger means I’m confident in myself, I’m presenting myself to the world, I’m enjoying the world around me. I think what is called the beauty industry should be called the swagger industry. We’re giving people swagger.”
Listen, I know body dysmorphia is very real and actors are extremely insecure, but Helen needs to get herself injected with some of that delusional Hollywood confidence STAT! But even if she doesn’t consider herself a great beauty, her Fast and the Furious co-star Vin Diesel does:
“What makes Dame Helen Mirren so beautiful? I’ll tell you,” Vin Diesel tells PEOPLE. “She has a charisma that is timeless. She has looks to kill and always has. She has a jovial spirit. But I think the thing that is most attractive about Dame Helen Mirren is the way she makes you feel. She always makes you feel appreciated and loved. And for that, I Iove her forever.”
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the People magazine office… “Hey Jimmy, which of Helen Mirren’s co-stars should we quote for her Beautiful article? Jeremy Irons? Dame Julie Walters? The great Sir Anthony Hopkins?” “Naaaw, just go with the obvious… Vin Diesel!”
Here’s a video from Dame Helen’s cover shoot: