Gwyneth Paltrow is World’s Most Beautiful Woman: Another reason to ‘love to hate’ her?

People magazine named Gwyneth Paltrow the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2013.

Not that you needed another reason to hate, er, love the 40-year-old actress.

Earlier this month, Washington Post Style writer Monica Hesse examined the complicated relationship Paltrow has with fans (and non-fans) while taste-testing the health-conscious recipes in Paltrow’s cookbook “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.”

Here’s how Hesse described Paltrow’s unique brand of celebrity:

There are other celebrities in America who are more clueless, more doe-dazed than Gwyneth. But they don’t lay themselves bare the way she does, nakedly offering herself up for scrutiny again and again, a flayed fillet of fame. In 2008 she was just an actress, a good one, the Oscar-winner in the Pepto ball gown, who seemed coltish but kind. Then she launched Goop, billed as a way to help readers save time, simplify their lives, feel inspired and generally share “all of life’s positives.”

Commenters on Hesse’s article also had a lot to say about Paltrow and her dietary restrictions. Here are some takes from our readers:

simon2 : It's true, I could un-subscribe from GOOP but there is a strange fascination in seeing how ghastly Gwyneth can get.... her idea of what a normal person would spend for a throw is so way off. To her $1000 is 10 cents. I wonder how she could get a realistic idea of what ordinary people are, do, spend and eat?

awoaca : No Gwyneth, no book. My life has enough irony.

From Commenter danaman:

Ha ha LOL - what a hoot of an article!  
 
Spewed my organic fair trade lovingly gathered chamomile tips tea gently infused on a sunny windowsill in a lead-free crystal cup all over my dust-free, sanitized with (organic, of course) first crush apple cider vinegar keyboard. 
 
Now I have to get up and joyfully repeat the tea-making and keyboard purifying whilst inhaling cleansing deep breaths through alternating nostrils. 
 
By tomorrow's glorious, multi-hued, cloud-studded sunset, I should be ready to read today's news, focusing on the now and present.

lindsaycurren:

I'm confused, I thought we just loved to love her. I'm always the last to know that "we're" "over" something/someone. 

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Bethonie Butler is a producer and a reporter on The Post’s engagement team. She oversees online comments and has also contributed to The Style Blog and She The People.
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