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Gwyneth Paltrow Named “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” – So, Why Do So Many People Hate Her?

I have always wondered what the judging parameters are for such titles as “Most Beautiful” or “Sexiest Man Alive.” Who makes the decision and what criteria are involved? Is there a majority factor at play or is it random? Do accomplishments come into play? Are they really chosen among everyone – or simply a celeb who has a new movie to promote and the willingness to sit still for a cover shoot in exchange for some free publicity? These are questions that may never be answered for me, but in People magazine’s tradition, they have awarded actress Gwyneth Paltrow the title of this year’s “World’s Most Beautiful Woman.”

While it would be impossible to get everyone in the country, nay the world, on board with one woman called “most beautiful” due to varying opinions on beauty, I think it would be safe to say at this point that Paltrow should probably win the award for “World’s Most Divisive Woman.” We just don’t know how to feel about her!

Hating on celebs is nothing new – Anne Hathaway, despite her epic career success this year, can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to the public’s opinion of her. But Paltrow has endured her own share of scorn for quite some time – just last week, in fact, she was dubbed the Most Hated Celebrity in Hollywood. When one is able to upset such contenders as Chris Brown and the Housewives, it seems imperative to examine where the hate is coming from, especially since it doesn’t seem so long ago that we were embracing the blond beauty as she overcame her disastrous beginnings as Brad Pitt’s arm candy and won an Oscar in 1998, blubbering through a weepy acceptance speech.

Could it be her sometimes controversial, often-mocked website “Goop”? The newsletter was started in 2008 as a forum for Gwyneth to give out lifestyle advice – and some argued, provide a window into just how out of touch with normal, everyday life the actress is. Whether you’re a “Goop” lover or hater, her comment once of: “I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be someone who makes $25,000 a year,” certainly didn’t win her any fans, especially those who, ya know, make $25,000 a year. There’s also the fact she has produced two cookbooks, her most recent containing rather dubious recipes, including one for a hard-boiled egg. Yup, a recipe for a hard-boiled egg…you can cue the face-palm here.

As if these reasons weren’t enough to lead people down the hater trail, there’s also the fact that her film career has been in a slump ever since she won her Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love.” There’s always talk of the curse that can strike Academy Award winners post-win, where their careers go downhill and never recover (paging Halle Berry, Chalize Theron, Mira Sorvino and others). But curse or no curse, Paltrow’s career has been pretty weak since she won over a decade ago. Yes, she has been in some of the most profitable movies of the last few years with her role as Tony Stark’s assistant/gal pal Pepper Potts in the “Iron Man”/ “Avengers” universe, but her role is still relatively minor, and apart from those blockbusters, most of her starring efforts of the past decade-and-a-half (“Running With Scissors,” “Proof,” “View From the Top,” “Bounce,” “Duets,” “Country Strong”…wow, this list would even embarrass Kate Hudson) have flopped badly.

Obviously, everyone is going to form their own opinion on Ms. Paltrow. Perhaps you still love her and always will and find “Goop” a healthy and nourishing accompaniment to your everyday life. Or perhaps you can’t stand the fact that Robert Downey Jr. has to cozy up to her, even if it’s on screen. Either way, I’ll leave you with this: She’s pretty much BFF’s with Beyonce and Jay-Z. That has to earn the girl some major cool points, right?


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