Helen Mirren takes issue with the word ‘beauty’


Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.

The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements – rather than looks – when giving out praise.

“Sometimes I clean up nice with a lot of help… So I want a new word instead of ‘beautiful,'” Mirren said during an appearance on British show This Morning. “I think ‘being’ is a good word. My ‘being’ tip is really to be curious and interested in other people and not think too much about yourself. Give your attention to other people and that has a way of making you, if you like, more beautiful in many ways.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mirren confessed she sometimes cuts her own hair with the kitchen scissors, even before red carpet events.

“I do often cut my own hair,” Mirren shared. “I said to my brilliant hair guy here, Stefan, ‘The cut I have right now, Stefan, is something that I did with the kitchen scissors about a week ago in my kitchen. So you know, maybe you could clean it up a bit for me?’ So yes, I do cut my own hair.”

The British actress, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, previously revealed she hated going to the hair salon every six weeks, so took matters into her own hands.

“I only go about once a year,” she told Redbook magazine in 2014. “In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously.”

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