When Gwyneth Paltrow isn't busy admiring her sparkling skin and her crystal clear bowel movements, she's letting her 8-year-old daughter Apple wear makeup. The recently queened Most Beautiful Person in the World told People magazine that Apple's allowed to rock some mascara while at home and is afforded a "dab" of makeup if they're going out to dinner. Scandalous!
I don't think I knew what mascara was when I was 8, but that's because my mom wasn't one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. She wasn't having her makeup done in her bathroom by the world's top professionals; she wasn't on the cover of magazines wearing bold bronzer and heavy eyeliner; and she wasn't endorsing beauty products.
Apple's mom is and was doing all those things. She grew up watching her mom get all made up and dolled up, and as an inquisitive and curious young girl, I can see why she'd be interested in trying whatever Mom's trying, and I can see why Gwyneth would let her.
To vilify makeup now would send a weird message to Apple. Makeup isn't something bad; in fact, it makes a lot of women feel better about themselves. Yes, there's an age when it's inappropriate, and if Apple was wearing full eye and lip to school every day, I don't think that'd be OK (makeup is sexualizing, etc.), but trying it on at home is totally fine and totally natural.
What isn't natural is depriving kids of a delicious and wondrous scoop of dairyfull ice cream, but that's neither here nor there.
Anyway, as a second grader, Apple's using makeup to try to be like Mom -- she probably isn't using it to look older or feel more attractive. I see nothing wrong with a dash of mascara at home and maybe a dollop of lip gloss before a night out. Gwyneth's telling Apple that it's OK to want to be like Mommy, and in a world where there are so many mixed messages, I think that one is perfectly pitched.
What do you think?
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