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Alongside cross-species friendships, ankle boots, and romantic comedies from the early 2000s, one of my true joys in life is a good celebrity profile. From Frank Sinatra’s famous cold to Caity Weaver touching Kim Kardashian’s boob to Chris Evans getting drunk with a reporter, I’ve read and re-read them all, and relished every word.
The best celeb profiles offer a bit of pushback against a celebrity’s mystique while still indulging our curiosity – let’s be serious, we’re all nosy.
It’s a fine balance, but Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s latest on Gwyneth Paltrow is an instant classic. The New York Times story looks at Paltrow’s newsletterturned-wellness-empire Goop, and it’s the best thing I’ve read this month. If you’re not familiar, Goop is the platform whereby Paltrow recommends vaginal steaming and a $41 Psychic Vampire Repellent. Brodesser-Akner nails the mix of admiration and mockery that follows Paltrow around – we may all laugh at her selling $58 “beauty dust”, but her company is worth $380 million and employs 200 people. She’s clearly found a market.
And while I don’t don t think I’ll be buying an $128 amethyst water bottle, many of Paltrow’s Paltrow makeup and skincare recommendations are sur surprisingly sensible. She’s a fan of manuka honey and rosehip oil, Coola sunscreen and rms beauty. I am too, and so while the list of items that get the tick of both the GP and the HP isn’t long, it does exist. One item that would feature is rms beauty’s Un Powder ($54). It comes in tinted or translucent versions, ver is incredibly finely milled, and lasts ts all day. This is what you need if your foundation tends to desert your T-zone by 11am. So too would I go for French Girl Sea Soak ($29) in rose and ylang. g. These vegan, organic bath salts smell divine and leave skin softened and lush. I get bored in the bath but this is worth taking a book in. You’ll also find Grown Alchemist products on Goop, and I’ve got a lot of ti time for its vanilla and watermelon lip balm ($17), with shea butter and jojoba oil. These items are a all on the extremely y low end of the Goop price range. Th That’s not a coincidence: e: I I’m pro-quality, but there are limits.
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