Living Up to the Celebrity Model

Published February 23, 2011

As much of the country adds another layer of clothes and curses the endless winter, one lucky American has escaped: According to the tabloids, Gwyneth Paltrow is in Barbados on vacation. That means it’s time for the paparazzi shots of the 38-year-old mother of two in a wee bikini (see the picture here). Not only are we treated to online posts of bathing suit pictures, but to a detailed explanation from her trainer of how a mother of not one, but two, managed to have what usmagazine.com considers a “buff bod.”

Gwyneth is her trainer Tracy Anderson’s “number-one student.” This is likely because six times a week the actress does 45 minutes of cardio, followed by muscular structure work. Why so much? Anderson told Us Magazine that Paltrow had 35 pounds of baby weight to sweat off when they started together. That was four years ago, but the pace hasn’t stopped because “she never gets out of control and she loves to eat, so it never fails her."

Apparently this is where the rest of us get it wrong. You love to eat, Gwyneth loves to eat. But you, you with your full-time job and your kids and your housekeeping and your friends, family, and relationships to attend to without a personal assistant or driver, you are not committed. And so no one will ever stalk you on a beach vacation and take photos of you traipsing through the sand, with sunglasses positioned just so and abs on muscular, defined display.

Though this sounds like a diatribe against Gwyneth, it is not. It is more a head shake—and serious finger wag—to the notion that there is anything seemingly normal about Paltrow’s workout schedule; or to the idea that you too could look this skinny if you did what she does. While it is fun to hate on Gwyneth (hi, goop.com), the thing to detest here is our attempt at normalizing her behavior.  

 

 

Image:   Matthew Peyton/Getty Images

Written by Ayana Byrd

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