Speaking to The Guardian in Cannes, Helen Mirren initially declared, "I'm not into the Kardashians," before going on to reveal a fascination with - and, even more unexpectedly, gratitude for - the second eldest of the Kardashian offspring.

Mirren believes she has Kim Kardashian to thank for redefining beauty standards in the 21st century. "It's wonderful that you're allowed to have a butt nowadays," she says. "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 adds, "I love women who have claimed their own bodies. Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Lett, Bonnie Raitt. I love Pussy Riot more than anything in the world... I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!" 

Helen Mirren admits she loves Kim Kardashian and "shameless women"