Is Gwyneth Paltrow a sage or witch-doctor? Add to ...

January 16, 2015 10:32 PM

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It’s January, a time of year when at least one person in your life will corner you and insist on talking about their amazing new juice cleanse, or supplement strategy, or 10-step, gold-flecked skin-care routine, or some other trendy path-to-a-superior-me plan, prescribed by a qualified medical expert. Ha! That was a joke, though if you found yourself nodding along then the joke might be on you. The extreme dietary and beauty practices I just mentioned aren’t the sort of recommendations one would get from an actual learned professional. Instead they are the prescribed wisdom of our society’s modern-day witch doctors – that is, celebrities.

We are obsessed – not only with worshipping stars (the way a parent might have idolized Grace Kelly) but with actually wanting to be them. It’s a symbiotic relationship since many modern celebs are all too happy to tell us what it takes, so much so that “actress-slash-lifestyle-guru” has become a re...

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