Veteran actress Francoise Pascal has criticised young stars such as Miley Cyrus and the Kardashian sisters for trying too hard to be seen as sexy.

The Young and the Restless star, 64, was considered a sex symbol in her prime, but insists she never went out of her way to project a provocative image of herself.

She has now condemned young celebrities for using raunchy behaviour and exposing their bodies to boost their profile.

Pascal tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "Miley Cyrus, the Kardashians, your silly celebs on (U.K. reality shows) Made In Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex... These ladies are not sexy and their t*ts and a*s are not attractive (sic). Julie Christie, Susan George, Susan Penhaligon, myself... we never tried to be sexy; those who tried too hard were really not worth a look in.

"We did not have to stick our tongues out or touch our private parts to show how sexy we were. Those reality programmes bring out the worst in women."