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Dame He­len Mir­ren de­liv­ers such thought­ful, good-hu­moured com­men­tary that it would be ir­re­spon­si­ble to sum­ma­rize it. Thus, here is what the Acad­emy Award-win­ning ac­tress and L’Oréal Paris spokesper­son had to say about the com­pli­cated relationship women have with beauty and ag­ing dur­ing a re­cent trip to Toronto.

HER PHI­LOS­O­PHY ON AG­ING “Well, it’s in­evitable, and it hap­pens to all of us un­less we die young. I never wanted to die young. I still don’t. I’m far too cu­ri­ous about life. So if you don’t die young, you’re go­ing to get old— you might as well come to terms with that fact.”

ON THE “BEAUTY” IN­DUS­TRY “I wish we could find an­other word. Of course there is such a thing as beauty, and some peo­ple are un­de­ni­ably beau­ti­ful. David Beck­ham—I mean, I’m sorry, that’s one [type of beauty] and let’s rec­og­nize that and love it and ap­pre­ci­ate it. But when I put on my lovely pinky mois­tur­izer or my lip­stick, it’s not be­cause I’m try­ing to look beau­ti­ful—be­cause I’m not beau­ti­ful; I’m okay-look­ing—it makes me feel cool and good and en­er­gized. As my lovely hair­styl­ist said, it gives me swag­ger. So maybe we should call it swag­ger. The swag­ger in­dus­try.” ON PAR­TIC­I­PAT­ING IN THE SWAG­GER IN­DUS­TRY “[ When I joined L’Oréal Paris], I said, ‘Look, I hate the word “anti-ag­ing.”’ It has al­ways of­fended me. It puts such pres­sure on women: ‘Oh, you’re not al­lowed to get old.’ Well, ex­cuse me, we do, and we have as much le­git­i­macy and sub­stance and pres­ence in the world as any­body else, so we are claim­ing our space.”

L’Oréal Paris Age Per­fect Cell Re­newal Rosy Tone Cream ($36). For details, see Shop­ping Guide.

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