The Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards were held on the 7th November, and Helena won the award for Role Model of the Year. Unfortunately Helena was unable to attend the awards, but she sent co-star Sally Hawkins with a letter to read instead:
I will still be Miss Havishaming as you glug your drinks and I’ll have to be up at 5.00 again to get the bridal gear on in order that they can set fire to me (do you know the story?). So Tuesday’s a big day and every bride must get her beauty sleep.
Anyway, please know that under any other circumstances I would have been there and thank you for this compliment. “Role Model of The Year” sounds fantastically heroic. I have no idea what I have done to fulfill this description. It reminds me of a letter I got from a young female fan in which she enumerates “25 things Helena Bonham Carter has taught her”. It starts with things like “dreaming big”, “believing in yourself”, “creating your own style not other peoples”, and that “it’s socially acceptable to wear several hats all at once.” But the one I loved best was No. 25 which was “it’s ok to have short thick legs”.
Now, I think if I’ve helped make someone love their short thick legs then – yes – I DO feel I’ve been heroic. So thank you so much. I do deserve this.
Much love from Miss Havisham World. She doesn’t – after all – get out that much.