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Gwyneth Paltrow shows it all for her birthday.
The businesswoman, who turns 50 next week, celebrates the milestone as she reflects on her past and embraces her “loosening skin” and “wrinkles”.
Paltrow took to Instagram to share an unfiltered black and white bikini photo of herself jumping in the air. She captioned the post, “Reflections on a milestone.”
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Paltrow linked to a Goop blog post titled “On Approaching 50” where she explained how she’s come to “accept” her aging body.
“My body, a map of the evidence of all days, is less timeless. A collection of marks and irregularities that dog-eared the chapters. With scars from burns in the oven, a finger smashed into a window long ago, the birth of a child Silver hair and fine lines,” she wrote.
Paltrow will celebrate her milestone birthday on Tuesday.
The founder of Goop continued to say that while she does her best to “strive for good health” and longevity, she accepts the changes her body experiences over time.
“I accept the scars and the sagging skin, the wrinkles. I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect, look perfect, defy gravity, defy logic, defy humanity. I accept my humanity,” Paltrow said.
She went on to write that she’s ready to “transition” into her 50s, and address her past mistakes, but says she wouldn’t “go back in time to correct them.”
The ‘Shakespeare in Love’ actress also opened up her long list of plans for the future.
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“I’d like to slow down. I’d like to withdraw a little bit… I’d like to cook more. I’d like to see misunderstandings made sense,” Paltrow added.
The 49-year-old actress shares two children with ex-husband Chris Martin – daughter Apple, 18, and son Moses, 16.
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She concluded her essay with a dedication to her children.
“I think of my children, now old enough to remember this ‘big’ birthday of mine into their own adulthood,” Paltrow wrote.
“I won’t know what it was like to turn 50 until much later, when I can look back from a higher place, maybe one of their 50s, hearts full and broken at the same time (because that’s life).”