Gwyneth Paltrow knows Paris better than some snooty concierge

The GOOP queen explains why she started her newsletter. Yes, it has to do with French bikini waxes

By Drew Grant

Published August 4, 2011 7:15PM (EDT)

Gwyneth Paltrow needs her organic wine, and she needs it now.
Gwyneth Paltrow needs her organic wine, and she needs it now.

Gwyneth Paltrow, she who favors crack cocaine over canned cheese and two bottles of wine with every meal, has ingratiated herself to yet another community this week, in an interview for the cover of Elle. When asked why she started her newsletter/website GOOP, she gave the kind of normal, "I'm just one of you guys" response we've come to expect from the down-to-earth mother of two kids who aren't allowed to eat at McDonald's:

"When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some ... restaurant because they get a kickback, it's like, 'No. Where should I really be?'" she says. "'Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?' People know that I know that."

She is so right. Those damn concierges and their petty little lies about the best salon deals in Paris. Look, Jacques, I don't know what organic turnip boat you think Ms. Paltrow fell off yesterday, but she did not fly all the way to Paris just for a day and check into five different hotels (just for funsies), just so she could help you get your little baguette kickback. She wants to know where the best cheese store is, and she needs to know now, monsieur!

The thing is: Would you trust GOOP's Lonely Planet guide more than you would an actual Parisian citizen? "People know that I know that." Fair enough: I have no doubt that Gwyneth knows a waxing place in France that is actually tops. I don't, however, believe this establishment will be in the price range of anyone who isn't in the top 2 percent tax bracket, or that I will have even gone to Paris in need of a bikini wax in the first place. In fact, up until she mentioned it, I didn't realize "organic wine" was a thing now.

Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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