My 11-year-old, Carolina, recently caught up on the Iron Man series after Robert Downey Jr. appeared on the cover of Purist’s last issue and quickly became the topic of conversation in our household during the production of the shoot—from the ensuing enthusiasm for winning the exclusive on the Downeys’ eco-home to the final layout of their innovative design. When I asked my daughter who her favorite character was, besides Iron Man, of course, she replied, “I love Pepper Potts!”
Now we all know our cover star as the Goop girl who practiced the tenets of wellness that she preached into a multimillion-dollar business, but Carolina reminded me of the incredible actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts in the Iron Man series, has always been. “Why is she your favorite character?” I asked, curious at what a pre-tween might come up with, to which she replied, “She gets stronger and stronger in every way in every movie!”
So that was it: My child had determined that this issue would be a celebration of the powerful and compelling women who are ever-evolving in mind, body and spirit—with Gwyneth Paltrow leading the trailblazing charge.
As we charge with grit into what we hope will be a safe summer, I set a positive intention for all of you to achieve the best to come. In the words of French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”