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Helen Mirren Looks Way More Glamorous Taking the Subway Than We Ever Did

There’s a lot to see in the New York City subway system, much of which you can totally ignore, but sometimes you peep something that’s so cool, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. The subway is one of the fastest ways New Yorkers get around town and while you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to come upon a troop of high school boys in skinny jeans doing hat tricks and swinging on the poles in the train car, celebrity sightings aren’t as frequent as you may think. That’s why it’s always a treat to see the rich and famous taking the dirty, roach and rat infested subway like the rest of us.

Dame Helen Mirren is one such actress who braved the oversized vermin and hopped the R train with an eagle-eyed commuter, who captured the actress in her full glory. There she sits, bundled up in a shearling coat and purple gloves, her Celine tote perched on her knee as she casts a regal glance to the side. If only we could look so perfect sitting on the train.

Phoebe Philo, if you were looking for your next campaign star, we think we’ve found her:

[h/t @rachsyme]