While in New York to talk about her brands, the consciously uncoupled star was asked about her look-alike 11-year-old daughter Apple's take on makeup, according to Elite Daily. And it turns out the super health-conscious Paltrow doesn't restrict her daughter (with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin) as much as you might have expected.
"I let [Apple] buy things that she wants to buy," Paltrow said. "But I talk to her a lot about products. She ordered a 180-eyeshadow palette from China that was, literally, like $1.89. I was like, I don't know what to say. I can't imagine what is in this product, but at the same time I want her to feel her own autonomy."
So, while mama Paltrow is understandably concerned about what Apple is putting on her face, she hasn't exactly banned anything that isn't 100-percent natural from the house. And she realizes that health concerns aside, makeup is just outer beauty anyway. It seems the gorgeous mom-of-two (she also has a son, Moses) recognizes that real beauty comes from within.
"I hope that the main thing [Apple] will have learned about beauty from me is that, irrespective of anything, she is beautiful. She is an intrinsically beautiful human being. Beauty is fun and it can be a wonderful expression of who you are and playing dress up and feeling good, but I hope that underneath that all she'll know her value and worth and feel beautiful because of that."
Ahem, easy to say when you look like Gwyneth Paltrow! But no, it's a lovely sentiment, and exactly how I'd hope my three daughters would feel toward beauty. How you look is a big source of self-esteem, but it sure as hell isn't everything. Even the prettiest girls can act ugly, and my focus as a parent is to nurture my daughters' insides.
Of course, even if they get sassy when I ask them to clean up their rooms, they'll always be the three most beautiful girls in the world to me.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.