Apparently, the World's Most Beautiful Woman

Forty-year old Gwyneth Paltrow

How old is People Magazine's demographic? This is ridiculous. As admirable as Gwyneth Paltrow may be as an entrepeneur, wife and mother she is by no stretch the "world's most beautiful woman." Historically, people were grandparents by her age. I will spare Mrs. Paltrow the indignity of posting any number of women in their 20's more beautiful than her. There is a reason for this: women in their 20's have viable eggs in their ovaries; Gwyneth Paltrow does not.

Incidentally, I was motivated to write this post by seeing some old (in every sense) Sex In The City re-runs. I had never watched the show before, and didn't realize how heavily it was targeted toward middle-aged and geriatric women.

Here's a TED talk that made a lot of people in the linked comment thread uncomfortable: Why 30 is not the new 20.

By the way, 40 is not the new 30, nor is 50 (which I will be in six months) the new 40.

"It comes as a shock when the truth dawns that every young person is just an older person waiting to happen, and it happens a lot sooner than anyone ever thinks." - Ben Elton


When I first saw the photo the immediate thought was Major "Hot Lips" Hoolihan.
Jason said…
Check the timing of the publication and "award." Coincides with her new movie, one which is likely heavily funded by the DOD. This is just added publicity for it.
Ingemar said…
***30 is not the new 20***

Tell me about it. I'm almost 28 and I feel too old for this life.
28 is a great age.

But, you have to manage your 30's really well to keep things on an even keel going in to middle age. I didn't, and got very badly off track both professionally and personally in my 40's.

Thanks be to God, I have sort of found my level again, so I'm cautiously optimistic about my 50's. Of course, this is also the time in life when elderly family members start requiring care.

You really only have a 10-year window from age 22 to 32 to get your life set up. Every year after that gets harder.

Time is more precious than the adults are letting on.
C. said…
You claim to be Orthodox, and yet you commit the common manosphere error of reducing humanity to rutting animals.

Women in their 20s are more beautiful than women in their 40s because younger skin is more beautiful than older skin. A 20-year-old woman born without properly functioning ovaries is still more beautiful than a 40-year-old who is not yet menopausal and can still bear children. Is our perception of beauty linked to youthful fertility? Yes, but it doesn't mean that it should be reduced to only that. We have souls.

There is more to beauty (and life) than passing on your genes. Just ask monastics.
And the monastics would tell you if you're not in the monastery, then the most important you can do outside worship is make a family and take care of them.

If you want a gnostic faith, I'd suggest the Shakers.
Anonymous said…
Jud Askins suggested that Victoria Leigh Soto is the most beautiful woman. She died to save others. She is the extremely distant cousin of the chief of Division of Brazilian Affairs, Philip Owen Chalmers and the cousin of Benjamin, William, and William Temple Franklin.
Anonymous said…
The most beautiful woman, Victoria Leigh Soto, is the Daughter of the American Revolution!
Anonymous said…
Victoria Leigh Soto's student, Jesse McCord Lewis, was a hero. Lewis was the natural child (out of wedlock) of Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis.