How Angelina Jolie, LeAnn Rimes and Gwyneth Paltrow Became Poster Girls for Hollywood's 'Too Thin' Club

Why These 'Three Musketeers' Get Flack for Being Too Skinny

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Angelina Jolie at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
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Angelina Jolie at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

When OK! magazine recently ran a story on extreme diets, it was no coincidence that the three slinky celebs on its cover were Angelina Jolie, LeAnn Rimes and Gwyneth Paltrow. Although the uber-trim triad is often photographed with their bones bulging out, they are not the only famous skinny minnies in Hollywood.

Most likely, the women were singled out as extreme dieters because their slavish devotion to being diminutive is just part of a vortex of controversy that swirls around these celebs like a Kansas tornado.

Angelina Jolie: But Does She Have to Look Like She Comes From a Third World Country?

As if being mother of six, movie actress and all-but-married soul mate to one of Hollywood's heart throbs were not enough, Angelina Jolie is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador who is often photographed milling among poor people. Though one might think that would make the "Salt" star a Hollywood version of Mother Theresa, many fans are skeptical as to the movie star's motives. Does her desire to help emanate from compassionate goodness, feelings of guilt or cynical self-promotion? And should a working mother of six really be away from her children so much or have them to traipse around the world like vagabonds?

It doesn't help that when Angelina is visiting third world countries, she looks skinnier than some of the starving children with whom she is photographed.

LeAnn Rimes: Her Cheating Heart is Fat Free

The woman whose life story could be a country song gains few brownie points for being petite. The biggest hit against Rimes is her illicit romance with married man Eddie Cibrian when she herself was also married. Despite predictable denials, the couple eventually split from their spouses and got married to each other. The singer-actress then started a third career of tweeting and bragging in interviews about her great new life with the "Playboy Club" star, going so far as to use a schmaltzy quote from "The Notebook" and calling her new husband's two sons her "bonus boys."

Recently even Giuliana Rancic called out Rimes for being undernourished. "She lost a lot of weight from all the stress in her life," said the celery stick E! host, who is planning to open a restaurant. "She seems a little thin right now, and I think she looks great when she's a bit curvier." The perturbed bathing suit model tweeted back: "@GiulianaRancic hey, we should go to dinner sometime. You get criticized all the time for how small you are. You can see just HOW much I eat and maybe put a stop to this crazy "shrinking" once and for all.....oh, & then we should workout together."

Whatever.

Gwyneth Paltrow: When Smug is a Four-Letter Word

Perhaps few would begrudge Gwyneth Paltrow her pampered life of privilege if she weren't always prattling on about how great it is. Fellow Londoner Kate Middleton, for instance, does not feel the need to broadcast what brand of organic tea she drinks or scold busy moms for not making time for workouts. The wife of Coldplay's Chris Martin is not content to quietly enjoy her exalted existence. She uses her blog, GOOP, to regale her 57 fans on the minutiae of her life and, worse, lectures other busy moms on how they can better manage their time.

Maybe other women wouldn't mind so much that the "Contagion" star is so skinny if she didn't make herself seem like such a heroic role model. In her recent Elle cover story interview, Paltrow crowed, "People come up to me and say, 'I want to have two kids and wear a bathing suit and not feel terrible about myself.'" Patting herself on her bony back, she boastfully added it makes them feel they can do it, too.

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