Some (this one was a man) said, "There is no way she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Just no way." I'm sure he was judging only by her outer shell. The true beauty of Gwyneth is in her mind and spirit. She's redefining beauty. Could it be the culture at People Magazine, and perhaps (gasp) even our beauty obsessed culture has evolved to expand the definition of beauty to include more than the flawless face and nubile body of a 22 year old? Is it possible we are ready to embrace the Renaissance Woman?
For this is how I view Gwyneth. She's not perfect but she is a work in progress, evolving, stretching, experiencing, growing and enlarging the definition of what it means to be a woman in today's society. She is a multifaceted woman living her life unrestrained by the boundaries and boxes drawn by generations of the past to define the role of women in a still patriarchal society.
I do not claim to be an expert on Gwyneth Paltrow, but I do admire her quest to embrace marriage and motherhood but not relinquish her identity and career in the process. It's hard work to stay in shape for her moments on the big screen, maintain fashion icon status, write cookbooks and manage her online empire. Yet by doing so she is leading the way for women everywhere to work out their own definition of having it all. The "all" we all want--a life free of the chains and limitations of gender and age. She's a multitalented woman over forty leaning way in and showing amazing balance. And that is a most beautiful thing to witness.