Dame Helen Mirren lays it down in this article.
The 62-year-old Oscar winning actress said women were behind the images of skinny girls on the catwalk and in magazines giving teenage girls a complex about their weight. In a vitriolic attack Dame Helen said: “I blame my own sex vehemently on this.
“It is women who run the magazines and women who editorialise and women who make the decisions.
“I think it is completely iniquitous to have incredibly skinny girls on the runway.
“A lot of the girls are horrifically thin and of course they have a problem.”
“Mostly the fashion industry chooses to turn a blind eye.”
The actress has bared all for numerous roles during her lengthy stage and screen career.
She admitted she was not averse to cosmetic surgery and had been airbrushed on the cover of her autobiography In The Frame.
But she said she was left shocked by her own experience of the modelling industry after visiting agents with her niece Natalie Fitzgerald, who was keen to get work.
Dame Helen said: “I took my 17-year-old niece around to some modelling agencies because she is very tall at more than 6ft.
“I knew that a little part of her brain was thinking: ‘I could be a model.’
“She is a slim, flat-bellied and normal girl. Every modelling agency told her she would have to lose weight and I felt so guilty because she really did not have to.
“When she got home I did not want her to feel like that.”
Miss Fitzgerald, now 20, subsequently chose not to join an agency and relies on finding work herself.
But Dame Helen said the incident exposed the dangerous side of the industry to her first-hand.
She said: “It is not just skinny girls. It is those ads telling you to use foundation and the girl in the ad is a 13 year old and has no make up on whatsoever.
“The whole thing is based on fantasy. The catwalk clothes may look fabulous on the thin girl but they look ridiculous on a normal slim girl.”
Dame Helen’s celebrated curves earned her a sex symbol tag. But the actress, who has scooped trophies this year for The Queen, Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect, said she spent her career trying to shake it off.
She added: “It annoyed me when I was younger. At the time maybe I should have been enjoying it but I found it a bit of an albatross.
“As I got older I cared less and less and now I am absolutely thrilled!
Dame Helen, who could return to the British stage, said she was planning to lighten her workload with ‘a slow little walk to one side.’
“The ageing process happens and you cannot do the things you used to do,” she said. “I will fight it off for as long as I can.
“As for cosmetic procedures, you cannot be 80 and look 50 but if I get to a point where it is really depressing me and I want to feel better about myself then I will do it.
“I would love to have my chunky legs liposuctioned but I am too frightened.”
I knew the fashion and media industries are run and dominated by the most stupid of bitches anyway. So for femcunts and the like to try and blame men for girls’ eating disorders is just another baseless excuse to try and attack us.
Well they can fuck right off.
Also, with girls wasting money on silly outfits, jewellery and getting their entire identity dictated to them by the fashion magazines they devour in their droves and then attempting to blame men for it.
‘But you guys make us dress like this.’ (This is a universal issue with women. Never responsible for their own actions, except when it results in a positive outcome. A negative outcome? Well just blame men for it, because you’re a princess blah fucking blah.)
No we don’t, we don’t make you do anything, you choose to, partly because it’s what you think we want and partly because you are in competition with all the other girls out there for attention.
That’s why you see women constantly look other women up and down, checking out their honey trap disguises.
Those glam mags are run by women, so you lot are running out of excuses to try and pin it on the hated sex, men. Eventually you will have to realise, that you bought that over-priced dress because you’re an idiot, and not because of ‘some man’.
My opinion of the size zero debate? Girls shouldn’t be so frikkin’ weak. You don’t see men starving themselves or committing suicide because they saw Brad Pitt in Fight Club do you?
What happened to this independent woman shit? It’s quite obvious what happened to me. The independent women issue is just a big fat myth. They way I see it, in the past men controlled the spending, head of the family and all that, women followed his advice and his instructions when she needed guidance.
Government and corporations separated men and women, and stepped in as the surrogate man for these idiotic females, so now the women follow the TV and ‘that guy in the nice suit makes the laws’. Other men try to guide these headless chickens but then they just turn around and say ‘I’m an independent woman!’
And then proceed to dress like the magazines tell her to. Eat what the magazines tell her to. Think what the television tells her too. Drink what the barman tells her too. Buy things the magazines tell her too. Wait a minute, what do they do that they didn’t get told to do by the corporate government?
Fuck me, I’d swear women had more independence before feminism!
I know, they look really oppressed to me too!