Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Black Hair, Black Stars Covering Vogue

The movie star sounds off on race and the media in web series The Tanning Effect.

Posted: 12/01/2011 10:15 AM EST

In an interview that's sure to have her many haters foaming at the mouth, outspoken actress Gwyneth Paltrow sat down with noted author/music executive Steve Stoute for his AOL Huff Post series, The Tanning Effect, and offered her perspective on racial diversity and the Black community.


Why Upper East Sider GP is an authority on topics such as Black hair, diversity on magazine covers and representations of Black people in the media seems limited to the fact that her father, Bruce Paltrow, created a groundbreaking television show (The White Shadow, about a white guy who teaches basketball to inner-city kids) and her friendship with her besties, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Nevertheless, here's some of what she had to say:

On diversity in the media:


"I don't want to bemoan the fact that it should've happened 50 years ago, because it's here now. And it's like the way I see it is that I have two little kids who are understanding the world in a time when Rihanna is on the cover of  Vogue, and we have a black president. So their eyes are being as if they're experiencing the world for the first time. All of this stuff is just root — it's normal stuff for them. And that to me is what's so incredible."

On race relations in the new generation:

"When my daughter understood what a president was, it was a black man. It's not like me, where I grew up with all of these old white guys one after another ... Their perspective on race and everything is completely open and completely different to how it was when I was a kid."


On hair issues in the Black and Jewish communities (Paltrow is part Jewish):

"The heat makes the kitchen go crazy!"

 

Check out the clip above.

 

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