Gwynnie takes a pretty great picture for the cover of InStyle.
Gwyneth Paltrow covers the October 2012 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Giampaolo Sgura in a Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit paired with Fred Leighton earrings and Vhernier bracelets.
And once she’s lured us inside with her winning smile and windswept hair, she proceeds to remind us all why we can’t stand her:
What she’s learned at 40: “I’m taking stock and really looking at everything. I’m trying to accept myself. There’s a Rumi poem, “The Guest House,” about welcoming in all aspects of yourself: The dark, the light, the jealous, the happy. Let them all in. But know that you’re not defined by any single one of them. I’ve become much more serious after experiencing all the ups and downs of life—heartbreak, the death of people I love…These days I feel pretty grounded.”
Why she keeps working so hard: “I’m hard on myself, so I’m working on shifting perspective toward self-acceptance, with all my flaws and weaknesses. The positive thing that drives me is a curiosity and momentum. The negative is a need to validate myself or feel special.”
On her kids: “When Apple was born, she had the hugest blue eyes. I looked into them, and she was looking at me, and I felt like, You are here to teach me everything. After [Moses] was born I had postpartum depression. It was a difficult time, and because of that I believe I have an extra empathy for him, and he for me.”
On her diet: “I was very strict for a while. I was macrobiotic for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I’ve learned is I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. I [indulge] but I don’t like sweets. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or French fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger.”
Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Kendra Spears
“My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine.” Oh please. Not that there’s anything wrong with a baguette, some cheese and a glass of wine. In fact, it sounds lovely right now and that scares us because we’re not even close to lunchtime and we’re fantasizing about a glass of wine. Our point is, it’s such a studied thing to say. Maybe it really is her favorite indulgence, but we can’t help shaking the idea that she worked very hard to make it her favorite indulgence just so she could say so in an interview. Because she’d rather die than admit her favorite indulgence is a greasy pizza or going through the McDonald’s drivethru and stinking up her car for weeks afterward just because she had a hankering for a Quarter Pounder with a side of McNuggets.
Inside, she gives the kind of face we all assume she reserves for servants or service workers:
Which seems more authentic somehow.
Chanel Fall 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Stef van der Laan (IMG)
[Photo Credit: instyle.com, style.com]