In an interview with Time magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed the questions that make her really angry…
In fact, the 42-year-old mother of two has even called the comparisons ‘misogynistic.’
Paltrow founded Goop in 2008, a lifestyle website describing itself as: ‘one of the rare places on the web where food, shopping and mindfulness collide.’
The Time story is about celebrities branching out of their chosen remit to launch lifestyle brands.
When the interviewer asked Paltrow if she frequented sites by fellow actors Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba, the Iron Man star responded: ‘That is a very interesting question, because I wonder if George Clooney would be asked about Puff Daddy’s ancillary liquor line.’ (Both actors have invested in alcohol brands).
Reese Witherspoon (39) launched fashion site, Draper James earlier this year, Blake Lively (27) launched her lifestlye brand, Preserve in 2014 and Jessica Alba (34) launched eco-friendly baby brand, The Honest Company, in 2011.
But, according to Paltrow, their brands are not comparable.
‘I’m fascinated how the media in particular are so confounded by entrepreneurial women doing something outside of their box. Jessica, especially, who’s a friend of mine – our businesses could not be more different. There’s really not a lifestyle piece to her business. The fundamentals of our sites are very different.’ She said.
‘I’m slightly offended by this sort of generalisation that happens,’ continued Paltrow.
The interviewer defended their line of questioning, saying ‘this isn’t an original observation…that there are various actresses whose sites launched within a short span of time.’ To which Paltrow responded: ‘I wrestle with it. I feel there’s something slightly misogynistic about it.’
Blake Lively responded similarly to a question posed by Time in the same issue, saying: ‘I see what happens in the world of female entrepreneurs and I see what the media does…they pit women against each other.’
‘You don’t see male entrepreneurs pitted against each other, destroyed, picked apart, and every word they say served up to judge.’ Lively argued.
Paltrow shared her pride at the recognition friend and fellow actor, Jessica Alba has received for her business acumen, saying:
‘I feel very proud when Jessica was on the cover of Forbes…but we have such different businesses.’
Her concerns with society’s approach to women certainly rings true.
‘I think we’re in a funny time for women. We are more and more the breadwinners in families across America or contributing equally; there’s a shift happening sociologically and physiologically. People are wrestling with this new archetype of being a woman with a brain who’s also sexual and trying to do more than one thing at a time. I also feel proud. Why would I not want to do that, if it’s a passion?’
Bravo, Gwynnie, bravo.