Say what you will about Goop, but its creator, Gwyneth Paltrow, who turns 41 tomorrow, has more or less redefined “living the dream.” Think about it: she’s an Oscar-winning actress, perpetual style icon, mother of two, wife of a musician who created the perfect song for distraught TV montages, owner of an impossibly fit bod (Tracy, teach us), and counts Brad Pitt as an ex. She's also a chef, gardener, and consumer of Mario Batali’s homemade treats. Perhaps most importantly, she is best friends with Beyoncé and Jay-Z. She also frequently discusses her nether-region grooming habits with Ellen. So if nothing else, she's a good time.
Gwyneth made us cry with her Oscar speech ; blew our minds with butterfly-effect possibilities in Sliding Doors; made us consider doubling down on his & her color and cuts ; embodied the moody, glamorous, and tortured woman we all have inside somewhere in The Royal Tenenbaums; and continues to live an impossibly awesome life, wherein she eats mostly local-vegan-organic yet smokes one cigarette a week. Happy Birthday, Gwyneth. You don’t look a day over...great.