Dame Helen Mirren on pink hair, tight dresses and “badass” makeup at 76

The word influencer gets thrown around a lot these days, a catch-all term for anyone trying to get noticed on social media. But if you want to see a real influencer, take a look at Helen Mirren, who at 76 has more influence in the fashion and beauty industry than most young Insta stars could. never dream of it. Sitting across from me via a screen – Mirren is in Cannes, while I’m in London – wearing a slim-fit scoop-neck green dress with her hair slicked back into a modern ponytail, she looks like a an idol. The actor has the kind of presence and confidence that appeals to anyone, whether they’re 17 or 70.

But make no mistake: she’s a charming, not grandiose, chatty interviewee. Her well-trained eye immediately focuses on my cheesecloth blouse: she squints and asks if it’s vintage (it is).

She tells me about the “very hot” weather in Cannes and asks me if the weather is nice in London as if we were old friends catching up. I’m talking to Mirren the day before a red carpet appearance. She tells me she’ll be wearing a sparkly Jenny Packham dress and no, she hasn’t thought about how she’s going to do her hair or makeup yet (turns out she’s had hair extensions done) hair to create an XXL half ponytail dress).

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