The world's most beautiful (and most hated!) woman. (Splash News)
You probably get the "most beautiful" part: tall, thin, blond, perfect teeth, perfect skin. But if the "most hated" part has you scratching your head (who could hate the girl from "Shallow Hal" who used to date Brad Pitt and won an Academy Award?), allow us to explain.
Thanks to Gwyneth’s recent stab at becoming a lifestyle/nutrition/fashion/travel/parenting expert with her personal blog, paid apps, multiple cookbooks, advice-laden interviews, and strong feelings about gluten, the mom of two has been sharing her tips and tricks with the world, proving along the way to be a bit out of touch with the way most of the population lives and landing herself a reputation as an elitist.
No “I’m a celebrity, but I’m just like you, average working mom!” fakery here. More like "I’m a celebrity, but I’m just like you, wealthy person who can afford a personal trainer and is probably looking for a good organic wine bar to visit during your next jaunt to Paris."
Read on for the top 10 examples of why the Oscar winner ticks off the rest of us.
10. She has her own pizza oven … and she wants you to know about it.
"We've got a wood-burning pizza oven in the garden -- a luxury, I know," she wrote in her 2011 cookbook "My Father’s Daughter," “but it's one of the best investments I've ever made." She also touted it on her goop blog: "As a home cook, one of the best things I've ever done was to build a wood burning oven in the back yard. I use this thing all the time, especially now that it is spring." Grrr. Pass the Pizza Hut.
9. She couldn't get through an interview without breaking into a yoga routine.
During a 2012 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, during which she addressed her detox plan; gluten, dairy, and sugar, allergies; and being in tune with her adrenal cortex, it became clear Gwyneth had been popping good-for-your-posture yoga poses while the writer was interviewing her. You may be able to get through an hour or two without stretching, but for Paltrow, it’s out of the question. "Gwyneth's calm beauty is striking, as is her extraordinary discipline," the article’s author gushed. "As she falls naturally into yoga stretches during the course of the conversation, supple as a cat, you realize that this is a woman for whom working out has become essential." Clearly.
8. She thinks she’s a 'bad mutha.'
Paltrow told the London Evening Standard earlier this month that when hubby Chris Martin isn't home, “I turn on the hip-hop -- I'm like a bad mutha rapping along to every word as I cook." Ugh.
Cookbook #1 (Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)
Cookbook #2 (Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
7. She refused to walk down the street once. (Hey, Gwyneth likes to pay for her exercise, remember?)
Last April, when an event at her designer pal Stella McCartney’s boutique continued with a dinner at an eatery four doors down, she had her chauffeur drive her while the rest of the guests, including her own husband, Chris Martin; Miranda Kerr; and a then-74-year-old Jane Fonda, walked. Her rep said she wanted to drive to avoid the paps. Likely story.
6. She can cook for dozens without batting an eye (while you’re struggling to get dinner on the table for a family of four).
"After three years of hard work, my cookbook is finished, and in stores!” she wrote on goop when her first book of recipes was published in April 2011. “To celebrate the release, I made dinner for 60 friends and foodies.” We're going to cook dinner for 60 friends and foodies too some day. We just have to make 60 friends first. All of whom are foodies. And then publish a cookbook. So maybe this won't actually happen.
5. She insists that you too can have flawless skin like she does … you just have to go to France.
"Many of the absolute best beauty products I've found come from regular French pharmacies," the "Iron Man" leading lady insisted on her blog in January 2011. "I always stock up on these items when I’m in France or ask friends to bring some back when they’re passing through. Below is a list of all of my favorites." Because really, who among us doesn't have a friend heading to Paris on a regular basis?
Gwyneth's Cup-a-Soup starved kids. (Pedro Andrade/KVS/PacificCoastNews.com)
4. She insulted the cupboards of Americans everywhere.
"I would rather die than let my kids eat Cup-a-Soup," she once told Conan O’Brien. Well, then you’d have motherless children, Gwyneth. Motherless children who might very well eat Cup-a-Soup. And then what?
3. She likes to think of her body as an inspiration to the rest of us.
"It's so much easier to sit home and not exercise and criticize other people. What I love is inspiring people,” the actress said in Elle’s September 2011 issue. “People come up to me and say, 'I want to have two kids and wear a bathing suit and not feel terrible about myself. I see how hard you work and it makes me feel like I can do that too.'" Thanks, Gwynnie!
2. She explained her reasoning for launching goop … and it's just as ridiculous as we imagined.
“When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some... restaurant because they get a kickback, it's like, no. Where should I really be?” the unabashedly fit 40-year-old shared in the same issue of Elle. "Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris? People know that I know that..." Yes, you do!
1. She shared her picks for spring wardrobe must-haves with goop readers earlier this year. And If you decided to actually buy every one of her recommendations, you'd have to shell out nearly half a million dollars.
Turns out $800 Valentino iPad cases, $3,570 leather jackets, $1,150 Gucci sunglasses, and $475 hand-woven shorts really do add up. We can hear the conversations in kitchens across America now. “Sorry, Billy. We really wanted to send you to college but mommy took Gwyneth Paltrow's wardrobe advice a few years back. It was probably the wrong decision, but at least you'll always know you had the most fashionable mom in the PTA."
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