Most people would agree that Gwyneth Paltrow is beautiful. In fact, she received the official honor of “Most Beautiful Woman” from People back in 2013. But the 46-year-old Oscar winner and Goop founder admits that she hasn’t always felt that way — especially now as she is getting older. On the premiere episode of Goop’s new podcast, The Beauty Closet, Paltrow opens up to co-hosts Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill about how aging in the public eye has impacted her confidence.
“I’ve always felt so funny about my looks,” Paltrow says on the episode. “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.”
Despite her insecurities, Paltrow is certainly aware of how she’s viewed by the public. “I have this other added bizarre layer, which is I’ve been considered to be this woman…” The host finishes for her: “Beautiful woman.”
“Well, you know, that’s sort of how I’ve been considered, not by everyone, but it’s a weird thing to be,” she replies. “…Then 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, and it’s like, what happens to your identity as a woman if you’re not f–kable and beautiful?”
But Paltrow has long insisted she doesn’t scrutinize herself in the mirror and is a fan of aging gracefully — fine lines and all.
As she explains, Paltrow has found a way to love herself through all the scrutiny. “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,” she says. “And so, it’s this funny shift that’s happening, it’s like you feel so good, you know who you are, hopefully you value the relationships in your life and your work and your contribution to the world.”
Paltrow certainly has enough on her plate right now to feel good about. Not only is she happily married to her husband Brad Falchuck and successfully co-parenting with ex-husband Chris Martin, but she’s also planning to expand her wellness empire to Netflix with a Goop docu-series. She is also set to star in the upcoming TV series “The Politician.”