Actress Gwyneth Paltrow covers the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.
At 39, she looks stronger than she did in her twenties, lean and toned, with the streamlined contours of an athlete. She is lightly tanned and smooth-skinned while avoiding the telltale waxy complexion of overdone Botox. “I’ll take my wrinkles,” she says. “I don’t like the Botox thing.” But she does enjoy sunshine for the vitamin D, despite “my dermatologist yelling at me”.
Right now, the dedicated eater is also on a 12-week detox program. “I have a lot of inflammation in my system, so I’m not having anything I’m allergic to — no gluten, no dairy, no sugar.” The trigger for these seasonal detox sessions, she says, is recognizing her physical symptoms: “I’ll wake up exhausted; I can feel my adrenal cortex being really high. When I get into bed, my heart will pound, my skin won’t be good, I’ll feel cranky, and then I will just know it’s time.”
During the day, Paltrow’s attention turns to her rapidly expanding and soon-to-be-redesigned web site, Goop (which now has more than a million viewers a week and is relaunching this month). At the heart of all these projects is the woman herself — her recommendations on diet, exercise, skincare, where to eat, and what to consume. She is her own best advertisement for the brand that is Gwyneth Paltrow. “Everything I’ve done has been completely organic, and that’s why the brand is a strong brand, because there is no ulterior motive behind it,” she says.
Photo: Terry Richardson/Harper’s Bazaar Australia