If there’s anyone who could make us feel better about ageing gracefully in a world full of filler, Botox and glorifying youth, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the few women in Hollywood who manages to move through the beauty-obsessed industry — and world — without letting it rid her of her frown lines.
For her 50th birthday, Paltrow didn’t shy away from the number as many people would — Mariah Carey recently told Meghan Markle to stop doing the math during a podcast appearance on Archetypes because people would figure out her age if they did. Instead, Paltrow embraced the milestone with a photoshoot… a naked photoshoot. Covered in gold.
The Goop founder slathered herself in metallic body powder for a “Goldfinger-meets-2022”-inspired nude shoot in honour of her birthday, “birthday-suit vibes but about as elevated as it gets,” Goop wrote in a coinciding article with Paltrow saying in a statement that all she knew about what was happening on set prior was, “that they’re painting me gold and that I have to be naked.”
She added, “I feel so good turning 50, and this is about expressing that sense of energy and optimism that I’m experiencing. It’s more about the female gaze and just a sense of fun.”
The portrait was taken by photographer Andrew Yee, while celebrity makeup artist Lottie said she was tasked with turning Gwyneth into a “golden goddess,” as she told Goop. Naturally, to recreate Paltrow’s hair, makeup and body art look, there’s a slew of Goop products on hand, all listed in the piece — she’s not a wellness mogul with her ex-boyfriends now shamelessly copying her for nothing.
As for whether this would be her last nude photoshoot, Paltrow said, “I think aging is actually a beautiful thing. We just need to open our perceptions. As you become more yourself, in integrity, your life really opens up.” I’m going to hazard a guess that no, it’s not.
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