Gwyneth Paltrow Slips Into Tiny Bikini Ahead Of 50th Birthday

Gwyneth Paltrow Slips Into Tiny Bikini Ahead Of 50th Birthday

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is doing a lot of reflecting on what it means to turn 50 as she approached her milestone birthday.

Born on September 27, 1972, the “Iron Man” actress is set to turn 50 next Tuesday. To prepare for a big day, she posted a black-and-white photo of her celebrating in a bikini as she leaped through the grass in her backyard to celebrate the end of summer.

Gwyneth Paltrow Celebrates In A Tiny Bikini Ahead Of Her 50th Birthday

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In her latest Instagram post, the “Shakespeare in Love” actress shared a black-and-white photo that showed her jumping in the air, one leg crossed in front of the other as she leaped across the grass. Her arms are spread out by her side as she jumps with her mouth open for the camera.

Her toned abs are on full display in a triangle bikini that hangs around her neck, the two halves of the fabric connected by a single strap across her chest. Her drawstring bikini bottoms are tied loosely around her hips as she proves that no one is ever “too old” to wear a bikini.

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“Musings on a milestone,” she wrote in the caption, referring to an article she published on her Goop website, titled, “On Approaching 50.” Her famous friends loved her musings, including author and cooking instructor Pamela Salzman, who commented, “Read it, loved it, shard it, will hold onto many of your words and sentiments.”

Four-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author Danielle Walker added, “So beautifully written. Happy almost birthday to an equally beautiful human” as fans and more famous friends continued to pile on the early birthday wishes.

Gwyneth Paltrow Reflects On Life Ahead Of Turning 50

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On her website, the “Se7en” actress reflected first on remembering her mother’s 50th birthday, which she called “very clearly.”

“Everyone was asked to contribute a poem instead of a typical gift,” she recalled. “I remember uproarious laughter, happy tears. I remember my mother full of life and joy at the convergence of the love on display, the deliciousness, and wonderful/heartfelt/brilliant/messy poems.”

Her father’s 50th birthday was celebrated the following November, although she described it as a “different tenor” than her mother’s celebration. Although her immediate family had traveled to the island of Nevis to celebrate, she said the weather was bad and her father seemed to be “swallowed by something—he felt bereft, unanchored in some way. It was unsettling. He could not embrace the milestone, this marking of the passage of time.”

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“I am struck by how, for both of my parents, 50 seemed like a reckoning,” she wrote. “For my mother, it was a culmination of the wonderous, the highs, the loves, the art. For my father, a culmination of sorrows.”

As she reflected on what her own birthday would mean, she also considered her plans for the future. “I would like to slow down. I would like to retreat a little bit. I would like to make my circle smaller,” she wrote. “I would like to cook dinner more. I would like to see misunderstandings become understandings. I would like to continue to open the deepest part of myself to my husband, even though it scares me. I would like to sing more, even if it’s just in the shower. I would like to tell anyone that had a negative experience with me that I am sorry. I would like to fully acknowledge myself.”

‘I want to hold myself in that understanding as I move through this (hopefully) next 50 years’

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“The Talented Mr. Ripley” actress described the “many changes” she has seen over the last several decades, including the changes in the “fabric of our society.” She wrote, “We have gone from bell-bottoms to skinny jeans to bell-bottoms and we will go back again. Some argue we have gone backward as a society, some argue the Overton window is shifting over toward progress.”

The mom-of-two seems to be excited for what the future holds, adding, “We seem to be, in pockets anyway, embracing that what is unknown to us might not be threatening. That every human being has their own spectrums and colors and different proportions of light and dark. I want to hold myself in that understanding as I move through this (hopefully) next 50 years. Hold myself to a higher standard of compassion.”

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She ended her lengthy musings by wondering how her own children, Apple Martin, 18, and Moses Martin, 16, will remember her “big” birthday and wanted them to know “that they are the greatest accomplishment of my life” and “that I really won’t know what it was like to turn 50 until much later, when I can reflect back from a higher perch, perhaps at one of their 50ths, hearts full and broken simultaneously (as that is life).”