We all know Gwyneth Paltrow as the Academy-Award winning actress who made a name for herself in films such as Se7en, Emma, and Shakespeare in Love. Paltrow is also a singer and a food writer. But recently, the 43-year-old actress earned a new title as a fashion and lifestyle guru. Unfortunately, that distinction earned her a lot of haters.
In the second episode of Netflix’s Chelsea, Gwyneth sat down with host Chelsea Handler to talk about her experience being one of the first stars to become a fashion and lifestyle guru, and about why she was hated by the public for it, Entertainment Tonight reports.
“I think it is challenging for people to change careers,” Paltrow said. “If you’re in the public eye and you make a shift I think it’s confusing for a minute… In a lot of ways I was the first, so I took a lot of s**t.”
For those who have been keeping up, Paltrow has been receiving a lot of flak over her risqué health suggestions. It all started when Gwyneth talked about the health benefits of vagina steaming on her lifestyle website Goop. Health experts were quick to debunk her claims, telling her that vaginal steaming has zero health benefits. Early this year, Gwyneth said that she allowed herself to be stung by bees in the name of beauty.
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Paltrow was undeterred by the constant barrage of criticisms being hurled at her as she continued to develop Goop, introducing products that can only be described as outrageous.
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This week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop raised even more eyebrows by releasing its first sex-themed issue.
As expected, the latest Goop issue offered risqué health advice and erotic products, the most interesting of which is a homemade lubricant made of sweet potatoes. According to Gwyneth, the homemade lubricant was inspired by an episode of Grace and Frankie, in which Frankie (played by Lily Tomlin) made her own lube out of sweet potatoes.
“We started thinking, ‘Is lube toxic? Why is she making homemade lube?’ And then we started reading [the ingredients],” Paltrow told Chelsea. “We’re very conscious about non-toxic products at Goop. And then we learned that lube is actually really toxic.”
The sex-themed Goop issue also provided an interesting suggestion on strengthening one’s pelvic floor muscles. It is interesting in the sense that it involves “peeing in the shower squatting down.”
“Try peeing in the shower squatting down,” the Goop article suggests. “‘When you squat to pee as opposed to sitting up straight on the toilet, you automatically engage your pelvic floor and it naturally stretches and tones.”
The article went further to explain how to use the bathroom properly.
“Because your urethra is pointed straight down in this position all you have to do is relax for urine to flow out easily – as opposed to sitting up straight and having to strain to empty your bladder. It’s important to activate the muscles that you use [to] cut your pee off mid-stream,’ it says. ‘To do this, contract, pull up, and hold.”
In an interview with Boomberg’s Market Makers, Paltrow admitted that she felt like a “fool” when she launched Goop in 2008. She then added that starting and developing Goop was “incredibly rewarding” in the end.
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“I was a fool,” the 42-year-old actress said in the interview. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But I have to say, it’s been incredibly rewarding, and I learn so much every day.”
Gwyneth admitted that turning Goop into a successful business was a challenging endeavor, adding that it constantly puts her “out of her comfort zone.”
“It’s vulnerable, challenging, wonderful, and exciting to put yourself in a situation where you’re laying out your idea,” Paltrow remarked.
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