Watch out, Miley — there’s a new queen of twerking in town! Dame Helen Mirren gave Miley Cyrus a run for her money at Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Ceremony, where she showed off her twerking talents and gamely paraded through the streets of Cambridge, Mass., with Hasty Pudding fellows dressed in drag.
As part of the festivities in her honor on Thursday, Jan. 30, the 68-year-old Oscar winner was asked to play a game of charades, during which she had to act out the word “twerking.” Though she refused at first to demonstrate the move, she gave in when her other clues failed to elicit a correct answer.
“Oh, God, this is very difficult,” she said, before turning around, sticking out her bum, and twerking. Later, she imitated another one of Cyrus’ trademark poses — hip popped to the side, tongue out.
“[I] tried [twerking] in my bedroom,” she admitted after the fact. “It was absolutely humiliating.”
Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award is presented annually to a deserving actress. Past winners have included Claire Danes, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, and Drew Barrymore.
“How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award,” Mirren said in a statement upon learning of the honor earlier this month. “As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations…Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding.”
Watch Helen Mirren’s twerking performance above!
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