Gwyneth Paltrow embraces ‘sagging skin’, bikini ‘wrinkles’ before turning 50

Gwyneth Paltrow prepares for her 50th birthday with an unfiltered bikini photo.

The actress, who will celebrate the milestone on September 27, showed off her ‘saggy skin’ and ‘wrinkles’ as she rocked a black and white swimsuit Instagram photo Thursday.

“Thoughts on a milestone,” Paltrow captioned the photo, directing her followers to Goop Blog Post.

In the essay, the “Shakespeare in Love” star writes that she “strangely [has] no sense of past tense’, but her body is ‘less eternal’.

She explained: “My body [is] evidence card of all days. … A collection of remarks and irregularities noticed by the heads. With scars from burns in the oven, a long-broken finger in a window, the birth of a child. Silver hair and fine lines.”

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The actress admitted that her body is not “eternal”.

Paltrow, who is mother to Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, noted that she is working to combat the “reckless thoughts that try to derail” her acceptance of her aging body.

“I accept the scars and the sagging skin, the wrinkles,” she wrote. “I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect, to look perfect, to defy gravity, to defy logic, to defy humanity.

“I’m embracing my humanity,” the Oscar winner continued, adding that she plans to “slow down,” “step back,” and “make [her] circle smaller” in her next decade.

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Paltrow explained how she “accepted” her aging body.
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Paltrow ended with plans to “fully acknowledge” herself.

“I won’t really know what it was like to turn 50 until much later, when I can reflect back from a higher place, maybe at one of [my children’s] 50s, hearts full and broken at the same time (because that’s life),” the Emma star wrote.

Although the Emmy winner is campaigning for anti-wrinkle injectables in 2020, she’s previously been vocal about her love for her body’s aging process.

“I like my wrinkles and … I like what I see,” Paltrow said Stylist in November 2014. “Sure, I can get into the mindset of being critical of this and that, but I really try not to and I try to appreciate the amazing life I’ve lived and all that I am learned.

“I love that it’s all written on my face,” she explained at the time.


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