Gwyneth Paltrow graces the cover of Elle magazine’s September 2011 issue wearing a Louis Vuitton ensemble. Inside, she discusses showing the world a different side of herself, sharing her personal care regimens, and Beyonce’s advice for her.
On showing the world a different side: “If you speak to my friends who’ve known me since I was four, they’ll say, ‘That is her.’ They always said to me, ‘You’re the dirtiest person in the world and so funny. Show the world that side of you.’ I felt guarded. I felt like if I really showed people more of me and I was still not accepted, then…Who cares. You just realize it doesn’t matter what people think of you.”
On going public with her personal care regimens: “It’s so much easier to sit home and not exercise and criticize other people. What I love is inspiring people. People come up to me and say, ‘I want to have two kids and wear a bathing suit and not feel terrible about myself. I see how hard you work and it makes me feel like I can do that too.’”
On the advice Beyoncé gave her before her performance with Cee Lo Green: “Beyoncé’s like, ‘Okay. The singing is great. But you’re not having any fun.’ She’s like, ‘Remember when we’re at Jay’s concert and Panjabi MC comes on and you do your crazy Indian dance? Do that. Be you!’”
Also in the September 2011 issue: a fall fashion shopping guide, the best hair from the fall runways, and designer profiles. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on August 16 or head to Elle.com.