Helen Mirren Is Making Beaches Even More Depressing

Julie Ryan Evans

Helen MirrenHelen Mirren may not think she has a great body, but plenty of others do. She was recently ranked first in the Hottest Women Over 50 list, but scoffed at that fact.

"I do not have a great body," she told Starpulse.com. "I have a c**p body. Naomi Campbell has a great body. Let's be realistic, here."  Realistic or not she  and other hot and "older" celebrities like Kim Cattrall and Michele Pfiefer are spurring masses of women who in past generations would be relaxing in their polyester, elastic-waist pants to stay slim and fit instead.

According to a recent Omnibus poll, middle aged women are dieting in record numbers. Of people aged 55-64, more than 70 percent said they were on a diet. Great news as we all know the ill effects of obesity. But these grannies aren't doing it  to ward off heart disease and promote longevity, but rather to bust out their bikinis. One-fifth of the dieters said looking good in swimwear was their motivation, and it appears they're pretty motivated. These "silver slimmers" as they've been dubbed, apparently stick to their diets twice as long as those half their age.

Great, just what us younger moms need.

Already we have to watch the teenagers trot around in their flawless bodies, but we can dismiss them a bit and sit back in our tankinis and rationalize that they haven't had children yet, so of course, they look like that ... and we don't. But when grandmas start strutting their stuff and showing us up, well, that's just depressing.

Honestly, I think it's great for people to be concerned about fitness no matter what their motivation. If the thought of a bikini helps motivate masses of older people to stay in shape, then great. I would argue that few should attempt to show off the results of their hard work in an actual bikini once they go grey, but I think I'd rather see that than the polyester pants. Go grandmas, go.

What do you think of older women trying to keep their bods in bikini shape?

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