British actress Helen Mirren is a self-proclaimed feminist and used her platform to blast the first lady and daughter in an interview published Monday.
Like most of the entertainment community, Mirren has been outspoken against the Trump administration, saying, “[Trump] just said and did whatever it took to get what he desired,” she scoffs. “That is quite terrifying because it means there’s a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness.”
But when it comes to reconciling her feminism with her political beliefs, Mirren says she is conflicted when she looks at Ivanka and Melania.
“You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down. She almost did that with the hand,” Mirren said. “The hand” was a reference to when Melania reportedly refused to hold her husband’s hand on their first foreign visit.
“I’m Eastern European, you know; [we’ve] got these dark souls,” Mirren continued. “That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out.”
As for Ivanka, she sees the outline of an imposing feminist figure that has been gutted by a silver spoon.
“[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance. Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about ‘[m]ake time for yourself to have a massage.’ Puh-lease.”
Mirren claims this isn’t purely political bias. She’s seen the feminist value in female leaders with whom she has disagreed.
“Although I completely disagreed with her politics, Mrs. Thatcher was a great role model for women…a little four-year-old watching TV says, ‘Who’s this, Mommy or Daddy?’ ‘That’s the prime minister.’ Immediately, the girl thinks, ‘Oh, I see; that’s possible.’”
The first lady and first daughter were criticized by mainstream media news outlet Newsweek earlier this week for wearing high heels, saying they were out of style.
The piece, written by staff writer Nina Burleigh, was given the demonstrative title: “Melania, Ivanka, and Ivana Trump Wear High Heels, a Symbol of Everything That Is Beautiful and Horrifying About Them.”
“Historically, the Trumpian women’s shoe of choice was invented not for women but for aristocratic men, men who would never have to work, and who didn’t have to walk much but were carried in litters or carriages,” Burleigh wrote. “Paintings of Louis XIV, the Sun King, show him sporting red-soled heels, posing with one foot forward and pointed out— much like Ivana and Ivanka Trump in countless photographs over the years.”
Media outlets’ need to fill air- and page-space is showing, as the Newsweek article wasn’t the only piece exploring the fashion inadequacies of the first family. A Forbes article went as far as to give Melania credit for being fashionable but said she’d never be a fashion icon like Michelle Obama.
“Becoming an icon is about more than just a pretty face and an international platform,” author Rachelle Bergstein wrote. “Trump is gorgeous like an actress at the Oscars, with a dash of Real Housewife thrown in. She’s polished, but she’s not inspiring”.
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