How to Succeed at Life -- as Told by Helen Mirren, the 'Nastiest of All Nasty Women'

Hellen Mirren at the Elle Women in Hollywood Event

Elle recently held its annual Women in Hollywood event, and while a gathering like that is always empowering, it seems even more powerful in the year that we, as Americans, are embracing the possibility of having our first woman -- -- er, a #NastyWoman -- president. In fact we kinda owe it to the presidential election (and, dare I say, Donald Trump) that women everywhere have embraced the title "nasty woman." And that of course includes OG feminist Dame Helen Mirren, who promised to be just that when she was honored as a legend. 


She poked fun at herself and being called a "legend," telling the audience: 

I'm just quickly going to give you a few tips to get through life because, obviously, you know I'm quite old so I've lived quite a lot of life. Feel free to pass these along, my top five tips.

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Mirren then proceeded to give us some sound advice on how to be successful in life, promising that she'd deliver it as the nastiest of all nasty women. And, of course, we listened because that's what you do when an icon like Helen Mirren talks. Rest assured she didn't miss a beat and we didn't regret a second of it.

She had advice on everything from booze to boys, and then some. But, here were the three greatest takeaways on dealing with friends, lovers, and even those crazies trying to make being a nasty woman a bad thing.

1. "Connect with friends daily. I don't mean on Facebook. Better to have three great friends than 300 friends on social media. Friends you can really talk to."

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2. "There are no rules about love -- I don't believe -- but don't be in a rush to get married, honestly. I married Taylor [Hackford, her husband of 19 years] much later in my life and it's worked out just great."

3. "...Ignore anyone who judges the way you look, especially if he or she is someone anonymous miserable creep, lurking on the Internet or is a bloated, small-headed dinosaur-y handed candidate for president."

Thank you, Helen, for this funny but brief guide on being unapologetically nasty. As we've learned in recent weeks, being a nasty woman is more than okay -- it's great. It means being bold, happy, intelligent, opinionated, and whatever the hell else we desire. It means being just like Helen.

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We know that although the term wasn't coined due to anything Mirren did, it's because of successful, feminist women like her that we're empowered to proudly declare our nasty woman status. So, for that -- and for Helen herself -- we're grateful.


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