Helen Mirren Loves Kim Kardashian’s Butt, Just Like The Rest Of America

Just being her very perfect self, Helen Mirren said she loves Kim Kardashian’s butt and what the reality star has done for all female-kind when it comes to loving their bodies. She said that she doesn’t watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but that she does have mad respect for way Kim struts her stuff. She said, according to The Guardian, “it’s wonderful that you’re allowed to have a butt nowadays” and she credits Kim and all the other big bottomed ladies before her. “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.”

She’s got a point about butts being in these days, and that’s great. As long as one doesn’t start to think too hard about the fact that an Armenian-American woman has been profiting from traditional markers of black femininity and making them “acceptable,” then everything about this is fine enough.

But Kardashian is actually pretty badass and “positive,” as Mirren puts it, when it comes to taking a stance on body shaming. She’s pretty much topless on Instagram all the time, most recently posing with Emily Ratajkowski to make a statement about the objectification and sexualization of their bodies. Mirren added that she likes watching celebs these days just do whatever the hell they want. “When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing,” she said.

When we’re like…we both have nothing to wear LOL @emrata

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And then she called Kim a “shameless” woman, but in a totally good way. “I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!”the Dame said.

I’m sort of torn about the fact that Kim makes it “OK” to have a butt, especially since she is publicly obsessing over losing weight after having a baby in a way that makes it feel like being overweight is a bad thing. Her butt is otherworldly (and fake? Is it real?! These are my questions.), but also impossible. In our selfie obsessed world, I wonder about the messages we send to girls and women about what body parts are “OK.” One season, it’s a big ol’ bootie and then the next it’s Kate Moss thigh gaps.

However! I will join Mirren in applauding Kardashian for not giving any fucks. Because she does not and even if she is constantly primping and preening and posting shots of her naked (and clothed) self on Instagram, you can tell that it’s for her. She enjoys it. Maybe there’s a little narcissism in there, but who isn’t a little vain? Once in the days before social media, I had a super good hair day and was legit frustrated I had no plans. I could have taken a selfie and just resumed my Law & Order marathon, so I totally feel the Kardashian’s instinct to snap.

Kim accepted a Webby award last month by saying, “naked selfies till I die!” This week, she told Kara Swisher over at Recode that she doesn’t care what people think about her. “My personality has never been, ‘I’m such a feminist and follow me and be naked!'” Kardashian said. She added, “if you are conservative and that’s how you are comfortable, more power to you. I respect you. You don’t have to look at what I do.”

I’m with Mirren — shameless women rule.