Jacqueline Bisset claims young women are obsessed with being ‘hot’ rather than ‘beautiful’


English actor was once proclaimed ‘the most beautiful film actress of all time’

Ian Johnston

Actor Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being “hot”, rather than “charming”, “romantic” or “beautiful”.

Bisset, 70, who appears in the film Welcome to New York, said that she had once been like that herself but had found that being more “low key” led to more fulfilling relationships.

The English actor, who appeared in films such as 1968’s Bullitt with Steve McQueen and Francois Truffaut’s 1973 film Day for Night, was once proclaimed “the most beautiful film actress of all time” by Newsweek magazine.

“It’s brutal out there now,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “Girls today are so attractive and sexy, and they show themselves off in such an obvious way, so men feel that they are in a sweet shop.

“The flip side is that women see themselves as interchangeable. I feel that this obsession to be ‘hot’ is more prevalent than ever it was in my youth.

“It’s not, ‘I want to be charming and magical and romantic and beautiful’. It’s ‘I want to be hot’. In other words, ‘I want men to want to screw me.’”

Bisset said some women were like this partly because of a sense of “desperation” and “often end up feeling used”.

“I went through a period like that, when I dressed and behaved in a certain way,” she added. “I couldn’t handle the results: it didn’t get me where I wanted to be. So I started to be more low key and I got better relationships as a consequence.”

Bisset said she had “never fully embraced feminism”.

“I certainly thought it had some good points but … women are becoming so tough,” she said.



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