This is not the first time for Paltrow, who has had her two children Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, with ex-husband Chris Martin, to be very vocal about her experience with aging and body image.
On her 50th birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow posted a photo of herself covered in gold paint to mark the occasion. In the photo, Paltrow, in a gorgeous pose, looking down with a slight smile, has her hair slicked backward. She's completely covered in gold and has nothing else on. In a matter of two hours, Paltrow's "birthday suit" post has already received more than 284,000 likes. "Happy Birthday Gwyneth!! You make 50 the new 20," commented Spanx founder Sara Blakely. Famed fitness entrepreneur Tracy Anderson also chimed in saying "Happy Birthday to the trailblazer that has mastered the art of living well beautifully!!!! Love you @gwynethpaltrow happy 50!!!!!!!!!"
Before posing for her 50th birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, and businesswoman posted a black and white photo of herself on Instagram wearing a bikini as she joyfully leaps across lots of grass with her arms up high toward the sky. "Musings on a milestone," she captioned the photo.
This is not the first time for Paltrow, who has had her two children Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, with ex-husband Chris Martin, to be very vocal about her experience with aging and body image, sharing with People in 2021, "For me, as I go through the aging process and really start it, I realize it's less about, 'Oh, I have this wrinkle, am I going to fix it or not?' and more, 'Do I feel vibrant?'" Previously for her 48th birthday in 2020, she was planning to post a photo in the nude but was reported struggling with body image issues.
"Unfortunately, we're always looking at ourselves with a critical eye. I would love to get to a place where I don't do that anymore. I want to show up for myself in a more loving way because it's all going south from here! There's nothing we can do about it." She also made headlines in 2018 when she posted videos about experiencing the beginning stages of menopause. "I can feel the hormonal shifts happening," she said. "Sweating, the moods, you're just like all of the sudden, furious for no reason." "I want to show up for myself in a more loving way," added Paltrow. Menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and stops the ovaries from "producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone." The National Institute on Aging notes that menopause is "a normal part of aging for women."
Her recent black and white Instagram post led to a touching post she penned for Goop, titled "On Approaching 50." In the post, she elaborately goes about how she thought of her parents turning 50 to how she feels about herself aging physically and mentally as well. She writes, "My body, a map of the evidence of all the days, is less timeless. A collection of marks and irregularities that dog-ear the chapters. Scarred from oven burns, a finger smashed in a window long ago, the birth of a child. Silver hair and fine lines. The sun has left her celestial fingerprints all over me, as if she soaked a brush in dark-taupe watercolor, flecking it over my skin. And while I do what I can to strive for good health and longevity, to stave off weakening muscles and receding bone, I have a mantra I insert into those reckless thoughts that try to derail me: I accept. I accept the marks and the loosening skin, the wrinkles. I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect, look perfect, defy gravity, defy logic, defy humanity. I accept my humanity."
She adds, "I would like to slow down. I would like to retreat a little bit. I would like to make my circle smaller. I would like to cook dinner more. I would like to see misunderstandings become understandings. I would like to continue to open the deepest part of myself to my husband, even though it scares me. I would like to sing more, even if it’s just in the shower. I would like to tell anyone that had a negative experience with me that I am sorry. I would like to fully acknowledge myself."
Cover Image Source: Goop | Andrew Yee