Next time you’re out clothes shopping and hear a woman roar, don’t be surprised if it’s Helen Reddy—though feminist pride’s got nothing to do with it.
Interviewed on Diva Toolbox Radio from her home in Sydney, Australia, the ‘70s pop icon, who scored a monster hit with I Am Woman—which Sarah Jessica Parker and pals reprised in Sex and the City 2—recalls a recent spree that had her seething.
“I was in London earlier this year and I had to get some new bras— because [mine] were falling off me,” Helen, 68, tells host Janet Powers.
“So I go into a big department store there, and into the women’s lingerie department, and they’ve got pasties —you know, like strippers wear.
“They’ve got all these little fancy things, which all have wires—which I believe cause breast cancer—but nothing that’s for women who are older, or who are heavier, or who would like to dress like a lady,” the beloved chanteuse, who also charted with Delta Dawn, You and Me Against the World and Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady, continues.
“So I finally said to the salesgirl, ‘Do you have any underwear that isn’t slutty?’ and she pointed me to the sports department!”
Helen, who—after making history as the first Australian to have a No. 1 single in the U.S. and win a Grammy Award—is now retired from the pop-music biz, also tells us:
“When I was a girl, we used to complain we were divided into two groups: We were either virgins or we were whores.
“And then along came Madonna—and now we’re all whores. It is horrifying to me to see these little girls, you know, dressed as sexpots, trying to imitate the latest video they’ve seen.”
(Geez. Wonder what Helen would think of Lady Gaga.)
To hear Helen’s full interview, click here.
To read the story in the New York Post‘s Page Six column, click here.
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