Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up about the “funny” feelings she has in relation to her good looks.
The actress and lifestyle entrepreneur discussed ageing and appearance in the first episode of her Goop website’s new The Beauty Closet podcast, released on Wednesday, alongside hosts Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill.
Gwyneth spoke candidly about topics including non-toxic beauty products and diversity at her Goop brand, and also insisted that she has the same insecurities as everyone else.
“I’ve always felt so funny about my looks. I think that it’s very rare to think that you’re a beautiful person, and so, I feel like every other woman – like, I don’t see that when I look in the mirror,” she reflected. “I think for me it’s more internally feeling. You know, as I go on in life and I feel more and more myself and less judgmental about myself, my values become clearer to me. I can be in integrity all the time, which was much harder when you’re a younger woman and you’re trying to please and juggling all this stuff.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Gwyneth discussed what it has been like to age in the public eye and how she initially questioned her identity as she approached the menopause.
Admitting she sometimes feels as if she has been “put in a box,” the 46-year-old considered: “I think when you come to age, if you have this broad identity as that, what does it mean to get wrinkles and get closer to menopause, and all these things? What happens to your identity as a woman if you’re not f**kable and beautiful?”
Yet, the Oscar winner did note that she believes inner beauty is more important and now feels more comfortable in her own skin than she did in her younger years.
“Luckily, what’s happening at the same time in parallel… is you just start to like yourself,” she added. “I think you get to a point where it’s almost like your sort of pulchritude is waning in a way and your inner beauty is really coming out, and so it’s this funny shift that’s happening.”
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