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Gwyneth Paltrow the Fairest of Them All?!
People magazine has named Gwyneth Paltrow the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2013.
I love when any woman who is 40 is celebrated as gorgeous in our youth-driven society. And Paltrow is certainly a pretty actress, but I worry that her ultra skinny physique is an unobtainable goal for most women - even those who work out and eat right.
(But of course I'm 37 weeks pregnant, so I think everyone is super thin.)
She also just has a knack for saying things that make many of us grimace.
Like this quote.... "I have to work out Monday through Friday for almost two hours every day, and it's a nightmare. Sometimes I cry, like, 'I can't do this anymore! I'm so sick of it!'"
Really?! A nightmare to have a personal trainer and the ability to work out 2 hours a day. Isn't a nightmare more like being forced to live in your car because you lost your job and your house is in foreclosure?
Or this quote..."I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year."
You're rich. You're married to a rock star. We're not. You don't have to rub it in.
She once shared advice for working moms from a venture capitalist on her site Goop. Because you know how all of us can relate to being a venture capitalist. This working mom offered tips like saving time on your hair with a weekly blowout, getting your facial, pedicure and manicure at one salon on the same day and the importance of 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
I just notified my 2-year-old twins about the sleep thing (they are 100% on board) and I've given my husband a heads up about new beauty demands (he's mulling it over).
Paltrow also writes that she makes her son a breakfast of eggs and toast followed by a spoonful of lemon flavored flax oil. I don't even know what flax oil is and I'm already feeling guilty that I don't give it to my kids.
I'm going to give Paltrow the benefit of the doubt that she means well. Because she seems like a good mom who continually tries to put her family first. But she just comes off as so out of touch and affected. And to me, that's not real beauty. Real beauty is about making others feel beautiful too.
What about gorgeous women that have dedicated their lives to helping others?
How about someone like 29-year-old Krystle Campbell who was killed in the Boston bombings. She lived with and took care of her grandmother. She is described as loving, caring and the kind of person who made you a better person. She was lovely on the inside and out. Sounds like real beauty to me.