Gwyneth Paltrow posted photos & a message for Apple Martin’s 16th b-day

When she was just a kid, I thought Apple Martin looked so much like both of her parents. She had Gwyneth Paltrow’s general facial structure (and general ennui), but there was a lot of Chris Martin in Apple’s eyes. Apple turned 16 years old on Thursday, and Gwyneth posted these photos of the now leggy, beautiful young lady who now looks like her own person. There’s still some Chris and Gwyneth in there, but now Apple just looks like a coltish young model. Gwyneth posted the photos with this message:

I can’t believe I’m actually writing these words but… happy sweet sixteen my darling girl. You are the light of my heart, you are pure joy. You are wickedly intelligent and you have the best, most dry, most brilliant sense of humor. I have the best time being your mom. I love our nightly evening chats when I really get to hear what’s on your mind. You work hard to get whatever it is you want to achieve, and you have grit and responsibility in spades. I am so damn lucky to be your mother, you beautiful, kind young woman. Thank you for choosing me. I adore you to the moon and back a zillion times. I’m sorry you are having this particular birthday during these circumstances, but as always with you, you find the best in everything.

[From Gwyneth’s IG]

I sometimes wonder about celebrity moms and daughters – I think Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson are genuinely close and probably each other’s best friends. I think Madonna is incredibly jealous of Lourdes’ youth and beauty, and that was one of the reasons why Lola high-tailed it out of there as soon as possible. On that scale of Goldie to Madonna, I do think Gwyneth falls more on the Goldie side. My bet is that Chris Martin has a hard time dealing though – his girl is such a heartbreaker.

Here are some photos of Apple hanging out with Chris’s girlfriend Dakota Johnson in Aspen last December.

Dakota Johnson and Apple Martin go out for hot coffee in cold Aspen together

Dakota Johnson and Apple Martin go out for hot coffee in cold Aspen together

Photos courtesy of Instagram, Backgrid.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    What a lovely message.

    And Apple has her grandmother Blythe’s eyes.

    • Noki says:

      Which means she also has her mums eyes,if you watch Gwyneths old movies one of her eyes was more to the side(cross eyed?),she clearly got it fixed.

      • VKES says:

        It looks like Apple got her eye fixed too. One was more to the side when she was younger.

    • LaUnicaAngelina says:

      I totally see Blythe’s eyes now!

    • Ripley says:

      I totally see Blythe Danner…. she’s a gorgeous girl. She also seems (from what I see) decently well adjusted with a sense of humor and awareness.

    • Mel M says:

      Really? So interesting because I’ve always thought she had Chris’s eyes. When she was younger it was more noticeable that they were more hooded looking with a larger brow bow. Everything else is GP though.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Pretty girl. I’m sure she’s on her way to college maybe looking to become a doctor and work to protect the world from future pandemics?…

    HAHAHA! Nah. Countdown to nepotism modelling contract (or an acting role she of course had to audition for. Of course!) in 5,4,3,2….

    Hey, prove me wrong kid! 😏

    • Annaloo. says:

      Amen. Here we go again! Oh well, it’s the way the world goes. The top always stay, and keep their own at, the top.

      Happy birthday, Apple. All you needed to do was be born, and the whole world will be yours bc of who you are.

    • Alyse says:

      I wouldn’t be mad if she wanted to be a nepotism model… she’s genuinely beautiful & interesting looking, and has the figure to make it without the contacts imho

      • BountyHunter says:

        I agree. It’s just that there are a ton of other beautiful and interesting looking model candidates that just won’t get the consideration she will.

      • BountyHunter says:

        I agree. It’s just that there are a ton of other beautiful and interesting looking model candidates that just won’t get the consideration she will.

  3. SJR says:

    She is beautiful. Hope she does not start messing with plastic surgery or tats.

    • Gutterflower says:

      Nothing wrong with tattoos.

      • Noki says:

        Some tatoos tastefully done look cool, then you have the ones like a scrap piece of paper like Miley Cyrus,Paris Jackson Etc

      • Kristen says:

        Noki – You can simply say that something isn’t for you rather than insulting what someone else obviously likes and has chosen for themselves.

  4. Scollins says:

    Call me an uptight prude but I don’t want my 16 yr old in such a sexualized pic blasted.

    • crogirl says:

      How is this pic sexualized?

      Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand Gwyneth and I don’t find Apple special at all, just thin and tall with ordinary face like her mother.

      • Scollins says:

        The dress and pose. I know it’s the new norm but I still don’t think it’s okay for my 16 yr old kid.

    • Darla says:

      16 yo’s are sexual though. I was horny as hell at that age. It’s just biology. I really don’t like when adults police teen sexuality. yes, there are predators, but that’s on them, not the teens. Let them be.

      • Scollins says:

        I hear you. It’s my preference for my child.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        @Darla: You’re right. We as adults have to be careful not to project the victim-blaming messages that have always been part of our culture on to young girls.

      • Market Street Minifig says:

        “I really don’t like when adults police teen sexuality.”

        YUP! Same. It can riddle them with guilt, shame, and goes counter to teaching them what they need to know about bodily autonomy to safeguard their safety, physical health, and mental health.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        @Market Street Minifig: This is so true, and the risks don’t just stop there. It can encourage others- male and female- to engage in abusive behaviors and not want to take responsibility for, or be held accountable by society for, those different types of abusive and unhealthy behaviors. Earlier this week or late last week one poster brought out an accurate AF point about how a person’s virgin-wh*re complex can show itself. Sometimes people have a need to see girls who disobeyed them in this area ‘get what they had coming’. Chrissy Teigan was not alone and her behavior didn’t come from thin air.

      • frenchtoast says:

        I get what your trying to say Darla but this comment still misses the point. The way a girl dresses has nothing to do with how sexual she is or how many sex partners she had. It’s just a f*cking outfit goddamit.

      • Trashaddict says:

        I think the discomfort comes not so much from what she’s wearing but that her mom is selling it on the internet. “Thank you for choosing me”?
        I’m tired of people selling everything about their personal lives on the web. I’m proud of my kids, but the credit is theirs, not mine.

    • Jess says:

      Totally agree. At 16 I wouldn’t have worn a bathing suit that low cut — at least not at home in front of my mom.

      • Bavarian says:

        i had to chuckle about that…we went all the time to nude beaches and without Bikini top on the lakes..but not on the Internet ( thank god).

    • theotherViv says:

      I kinda feel you. We have a 16 and a 19 yr old, both leggy stunners and while they would likely be taking such pictures posing, I wouldn’t take their pics that way and post them. I know this world has turned into one where they all want to be hotter than the next girl, but it’s not something I actively support. I do tell them that between age 20-40 they should wear their shorts and bikinis until the cows come home if they are comfortable with it, because like us, they will wonder why they didn’t when they get older.
      I am guessing that Goopy was posting the pic that Apple wanted. I would have chosen a portrait or goofy, anything but legs, legs and cleavage but that’s lil old prudish mommy me.

    • reef says:

      y’all are being weird. Why is your first thought looking at this pic that it’s sexualized? I just thought cute dress. Yikes.

      • Scollins says:

        Maybe because I have a 16 yr old growing up in a hyper-sexualized time.

      • reef says:

        lol when have parents not thought times and youth culture were sexualized? I repeat y’all are being weird. the girl is in a cute dress chilling at home with her mom. Where you got “sexualized” lord only knows.

      • VKES says:

        Agreed. It’s a cute dress on a pretty girl. I don’t see sexualization here at all.

      • Purplehazeforever says:

        I saw a pretty girl in a cute dress.

      • Gelya says:

        I agree I think it’s creepy to. I looked at the picture thinking when did she grow up? It seemed like last year she was nine. :) Now, she is being sexualized by older women???? What the….

        Gwyneth wrote a beautiful message. Happy Birthday Apple! I know it sucks to turn sixteen during Covid. I hope she had an amazing and memorable sixteen b-day.

      • Kelly says:

        Agreed, is just showing your legs sexualised now? Damn.

      • Marigold says:

        Yeah, my kid is 16, and I cannot imagine taking a photo of my own child in that pose. It’s not the pose. It’s not the fact that 16 year-olds are not supposed to be exploring their own sexuality and identities. It’s the fact that, as her mother, that part of her life is not mine to photograph or observe.

        It’s jarring to see a mother post a picture like this. The picture itself is fine.

        Quote: “Why is your first thought looking at this pic that it’s sexualized? I just thought cute dress. Yikes.” /Quote

        Because I have a 16 year-old daughter.

      • Xo says:

        Knowing how men think & what they react to, visually, that’s why.
        I’m a bit surprised Gwyneth chose that photo, too.

      • Market Street Minifig says:

        I don’t feel moved to be judgy about these photos of Apple. Maybe I’m viewing them from the POV of my unselfconscious, unbothered teens? But then again, I’m more likely to closely scrutinize and let my imagination run wild over pictures of adults like myself. Not kids.

        Some of the comments above put me in mind of people who complain about Google returning scandalous results without taking into account how their own search history influences said results. lol

      • TryHarrd says:

        My mom let me wear stupid overly sexualized bathing suits at that age, and everyone would laugh their tushies off. However, pics of me-in them- wouldn’t go in a family album. (Our day’s version of IG)
        It was a learning curve. Learning how to be comfortable in my own skin, and be tolerated -not rewArded- for this kind of experiment.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        @Xo: Straight/bisexual guys can like just about anything involving any mildly attractive girl of childbearing age though. That’s just the truth. The knee-jerk reaction to that fact has been to make women and girls pay for that attraction, which is another way the male gaze gets prioritized over everyone else. Imagine what would happen if we stopped doing that?

      • Market Street Minifig says:

        @Otaku fairy, your comment resonated in a way that’s going to sit with me for some time.

        “I know how men think” is not the reasonable response that some think. Because it absolutely is about “the male gaze get[ting] prioritized over everyone else.”

        “I know how men think” doesn’t protect our girls. It emboldens men and makes our girls smaller.

        And I’m sorry but the comment down below calling Apple a “hot teen?” I don’t care what a 16 year old is or is not wearing, “hot teen” is not what you should be thinking, let alone saying, as a grown adult.

      • Trashaddict says:

        OK, let’s flip this. Would Gwinnie have posted a picture of her daughter without makeup, in sweats and a t-shirt? Because for Goop, image is everything. Do we know anything about what this 16 y/o thinks, or just what her body looks like?

      • BountyHunter says:

        @Marigold, yes!!! And, I don’t see this as a case of older Women sexualizing this picture or the individual. I see it as older women having been that age themselves and their own experiences. Which is not to say victimized or being overtly sexual. It’s a pivotal age to be a female and I understand the concern. This is a picture I would not have been surprised or against seeing her post herself, but mom doing it seems kind of off to me.

    • Mika says:

      I found the pic pretty sexy too. It’s the cleavage + short skirt (remember when they used to tell us to only pick one?) and then the pin up poses in the next two photos. Look, Apple is a hot teen and hot teens wanna let the world know. But it seems a bit weird that her mother didn’t pick a different photo – she’s knows what the internet is, if she were my daughter, these photos would make me nervous.

    • AA says:

      I thought it was a bit much also but then i thought about how Gwyneth has appeared in public (braless in diaphanous) and so yeah, makes sense maybe.

      • Jules says:

        yes, it’s an … interesting set of poses to publicly post for a birthday. as I said below, I would guess this is a way of presenting her daughter intentionally for some kind of exposure, PR. let’s get her feet wet, she wants to be in showbiz sorta way.

    • Marigold says:

      Yeah, my kid is 16, and I cannot imagine taking a photo of my own child in that pose. It’s not the pose. 16 year-olds are supposed to be exploring their own sexuality and identities. It’s the fact that, as her mother, that part of her life is not mine to photograph or observe.

      I communicate with my daughter about that part of her life. I don’t photograph and circulate it. There is a line there that gets crossed.

      It’s jarring to see a mother post a picture like this. The picture itself is fine.

      Honestly, she’s a beautiful young lady, and the things her mother said to her are beautiful. I say things like that to my daughter, too, but I don’t post a picture of her in cleavage-popping dresses and a come-hither pose to say them. And…I’m not a celebrity whose birthday messages to her child will be seen internationally by millions of people.

    • Amy Too says:

      First, why does it always have to be “body=for sex”? Why can’t we see her legs or body and think “body for swimming,” “body for running,” “body for modeling,” “body for reaching things off a tall shelf (because she’s so tall),” “body for wearing haute couture,” “body for a lotion commercial (because she has young, smooth skin)”? The fact that we ALWAYS go to “your body is for sex,” even with girls and teenagers is so problematic. Take in the context of the picture: she’s not doing anything remotely sexual, she’s just sitting on a couch and she happens to be showing some of her body.

      I know that a lot of this “she looks too sexy” is because we worry that men or boys might see the photo and be turned on and see her as a sexual object and then they might be unable to control themselves and she could be raped or sexually harassed. This is posted on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Instagram, though. The target audience is people who follow Gwyneth Paltrow. I would assume that’s mostly women. And even if a man or boy sees this picture and gets turned on, she’s not in any danger of being raped or sexually assaulted. A man is not going to see this picture and then teleport through his computer to her home. So I think that people are actually upset about the fact that this photo might make men and boys FEEL sexually attracted to her, and not so much that they’re worried for her safety. And the idea then is that she should be responsible for dressing in a way that will NOT make people think sexy thoughts about her. Why do we hold women and girls responsible for the thoughts and feeling and biological responses of the people who look at them? And why do we need to make sure that no one thinks sexy thoughts about us or our teenage daughters? There’s this undercurrent of “being sexually attractive is dirty or wrong or degrading or tainting” that runs through our culture. Not even just “having sex is dirty,” which we also have going on, but we go even further to “if anyone even thinks a sexual thought about you, it’s dirty and degrading FOR YOU,” not for the man or boy who thought it, but for the girl or women he thought about.

      Sometimes I wish people would take their gut reaction a step further and ask themselves questions. “She looks too sexy!” Why? “Because I can see her body.” “Why is that automatically a sex thing?/why is that bad?” “Because people might want to have sex with her/think of her as a sexual being?” Why is that a problem?

      • Elizabeth says:

        Lots of judgmental women in here working overtime to shame women and uphold male dominance. Leave her alone.

        Women and girls can wear what they want and be who they want! If men commit criminal acts THATS ON THEM.

        Thanks for coming to my ted talk, or not.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        +1000, Amy Too. Can I marry this comment?

      • Mustlovedogs says:

        Thank you Amy Too. For saying, far more eloquently, what I am thinking.

      • Gah says:

        @amy thanks for breaking it down for everybody! I am here for your comment

    • Call_me_al says:

      Scollins, agree. This is a tenth grader. She looks beautiful but too much skin.

    • Alyse says:

      Lots of photos of me like that from when I was 16 (15 years ago… pre social media).
      She’s just taking a pretty pic. Don’t need to push an assumption of sexualisation on her!!!

  5. FHMom says:

    She’s lovely, and I can see both parents in her.

  6. La says:

    I usually find Gwyneth insufferable but that was a lovely message to Apple

  7. Sass says:

    Wow there are a lot of gross fckin comments this early morning on a post about a 16yo girl’s birthday message from her mother.

    Happy birthday to Apple, who apparently inspires Gwyneth every day to maintain some sense of self-awareness despite herself.

    • Annaloo. says:

      It’s a celebrity gossip site.

      • Sass says:

        No shit?! I HAD NO IDEA. You must be new, we don’t really body shame or slut shame ESPECIALLY when it’s a child. Fuck yourself.

    • Xo says:

      You’re naive. There are wolves in the world & these comments just reveal an awareness of what can endanger a kid.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        @Xo: It’s actually naive to still beleive longer dresses with higher necklines will protect our sex from those ‘wolves’. It hasn’t before. Neither does the hijab or the burqa. It’s also dangerous and harmful for society to expose either sex to that belief.

      • ennie says:

        that still is not an excuse to let them run free on social media.
        As I said upthread, I would come across in FB with profiles of teens I knew from my school work. And let me tell you how racy they were, one of my 15-15 male teen who prostituyed himself, showing him with not only poses. His profile was public, and his family did not check him at all, other of a 12 yr old set of racy pics, I peeked the comments and there were comments from foreign language posters saying some crude things, we told the mom, who did not bother, and the girl eventually dropped out the same year she arrived at school.
        Another girl I knew , a teen mom who had scoliosis worsened by her pregnancy, was constantly posting about her sad feelings of depression while posting pics of her boobs, looking for acceptance, she befriended me, and I tried sometimes in person, others by messenger, to help her, but after we lost contact with her, she already had birthed another baby by some man she found on FB.
        It is sad that not even their families care for some o them enough. These rich types are powerful enough to live off their pics and nepotism modeling, while others follow their steps (Kylie anyone) with much less success in life, because it is fashionable or we should not meddle.

      • Amy Too says:

        But what danger is she in by having her photo published? If she were the only woman/girl at a frat party full of drunk college bros and she were drugged and passed out, then she would be in danger of being sexually assaulted. It wouldn’t be her fault, just like it’s not her fault if she’s mugged or a victim of a mass shooting, but there would be actual danger.

        The only things she’s legitimately “in danger” of right now is having other women shame her for looking “too sexy” because they can see parts of her body. “Her cleavage!” What cleavage? I see a bony chest. “Too much leg!” She’s a tall girl who has long legs. This photo was posted on Gwyneth paltrow’s social media, where the target audience is people who follow Gwyneth Paltrow, likely GOOP-y type women age 35-60 and celebrity gossip reporters and bloggers who report on Gwyneth. And the comments reflect that. All the comments I’ve seen are from women who are “concerned” that men or boys COULD see this photo and MIGHT think a sexy thought about Apple.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Xo maybe the blame should be on our society for so often overlooking men raping women, and not on women for freaking existing while female.

      • Sass says:

        I’m 36 years old with two kids of my own and I’ve been on my own since I was 16.

        I’m not naive. I call out bs when I see it and I see a lot of it and this is bs.

        You’re a pervert.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      @Sass: Yeah, “this is a celebrity gossip site”, when used as a response to a critique of how girls and women are being treated, is the female/liberal equivalent of ‘locker room talk.’ Guys from my age group try the same thing on gaming sites and fandom communities when something sexist or racist is criticized sometimes.

  8. Ali says:

    Apple is still a terrible name.

    She is beautiful.

    • Prairiegirl says:

      Co-signed.

    • K says:

      I cannot imagine having a friend or relative named after fruit and calling for them by name without cringing so hard. It’s especially bad because you can’t shorten it into a different nickname or something. Parents can be such jerks for saddling their children with weird names (mine did too and I’ve always resented it.)

  9. Eribra says:

    I have always thought sher looks just like Chris Martin’s sister Nicola

    • Mebee says:

      Yes!! I just looked her up and you are SO right.

    • Becks says:

      Yes! She really takes after Nicola.

    • MrsPanda says:

      Wow she really does! I’ve always thought Chris and Goop look like brother and sister. They both have wide-set eyes and similar features. Apple is beautiful. When I grow up, I’d like to be Blythe Danner. I think she’s aged so gracefully, some small tweaks but so nicely done, she’s so striking.

  10. Romi says:

    Is she as goopish as her mum? Interesting question.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Yes, I’d be interested to hear, too. I can’t believe she’s 16 already – I still have her in my head as age 11! She’s a beautiful girl, but I can do with the posing, ta.

  11. Fluffinstuff says:

    She’s beautiful. I don’t think she looks that much like her mom. She’s prettier with beautiful eyes.

  12. Esmom says:

    What a sweet and touching message. And what a lovely young lady.

  13. emmy says:

    That’s a really nice message. I was a pest between 13 and 16 so if my mom had written an honest message for my 16th birthday … it would not have been this. And I just realized that 16-year-olds were born in 2004. I feel hella old.

  14. Noki says:

    I believe it about Madonna she refused Lourdes to shave her uni brow,she was using a flip phone long after no one even had one anymore. Her parenting just seems mean under the guise of being traditional.

    • Anne Call says:

      Not a big Madonna fan, but she kept her out of the public eye, didn’t push a modeling or acting career and made sure she went to college. Good for her.

  15. Lucy2 says:

    I think she looks a lot like her mom, especially in the photos with Dakota.

  16. Tiffany says:

    Apple is her father’s daughter. That is all I see in her face. Now Moses, he looks more like GOOP.

  17. CROOKSNNANNIES says:

    My family always does a basic “happy birthday!” On social media with cute pics but then saves all the heartfelt stuff for cards. I’m sure goop means it but that stuff is personal and to me it’s coming off performative.

    • Lady D says:

      Agreed. It was personal and should have stayed that way. It loses something when millions ‘get’ to share in it.

    • BountyHunter says:

      Completely. Which is why these photos seem staged as well. Which begs the question, what response were they looking for?

  18. MellyMel says:

    I can’t believe she’s already sixteen. I feel so old! She’s gorgeous and the perfect mix of both her parents!

    • Tiffany says:

      Right???!!! I still remember the photo of Chris holding her outside the hospital shortly after her birth. That was 16 years ago. Where is time, I ask? Seriously, where is it going?

  19. Rapunzel says:

    I see a young Amanda Seyfried. Anyone else?

  20. nicegirl says:

    Blythe baby right there!!

  21. sunny says:

    She is stunning! She definitely has both sides of her family in her looks.

    That was a nice message GP wrote. As much as there are lots of things to legitimately critique Gwyneth for, she has always seemed like a loving and involved mom. One of the funniest bits of the Taffy Brodesser-Ackner profile of GP a few years ago was the bit where she describes the ease with which GP does most things(there is a bit with Gwyneth cooking for her, which was of course delicious but it was a red sauce which Taffy got all over herself and GP spilled none) but in that piece, her kids come off as gently annoyed but generally indulgent of their mom. Which is to say, normal for teens.

  22. Ada says:

    I think that Gwyneth and her daughter will have a Goldie-Kate-type of relationship in a few years. Gwyneth has a very close relationship with her own mother so I imagine that she and her kids are and will be close too.

  23. stormsmama says:

    This is Gs way of – sanctioned by Apple of course- saying APPLE MARTIN HAS ARRIVED

    She is GORGEOUS

    • Jules says:

      Yup. Why post this publicly? Three posed photos along with a long paragraph of how amazing her daughter is. There is a reason for everything…

  24. Sharon says:

    My mother had me take pictures like this when I turned 16. I think it’s one thing to take them and have them to look back on. I think it’s another thing to post them. It’s not just about sexuality. Yes she’s at the age where you start feeling more sexual etc. there is nothing wrong with that. I just find it to be an interesting point of view for a 16th birthday. Paltrow is a women who has built a business on not wearing much makeup and talking a lot about how to improve from the inside and these pictures are just shallow. To me it reads like she’s showing off in the most shallow kardashian way. She could have posted a picture that was more on brand with how she portrays herself and her family. I’m sure it was innocent and she just loves how her daughter is blossoming but I do find the pictures tacky. Especially the side profile one. They are weird..

  25. Stacy Dresden says:

    She’s beautiful and if her mom is being honest in saying she is an optimistic person and looks for the bright side, that bodes well for a teenager!

  26. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She actually looks exactly like Gwyneth did as teen. Look pics of Gwyneth when she was at Spence.

  27. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    Goop and Coldplay breed well!
    But seriously, she’s beautiful and I hope Apple Alison Blythe Martin is a nice person. She’s also a better model just pouting on her living room couch than half these celebuspawn ‘models’ (and yes I mean the Hadid Sisters and Lily Rose Depp!).

    I also hope someone maybe her dad’s girlfriend or her maternal grandmother teach her to stand up tall! She seems to hunch over in those pics with Dakota.
    I really do like seeing celebrities’ kids growing up.

  28. Kerfuffles says:

    In the IG photo, I don’t see much of Gwyneth but see a lot of Martin, especially in the eyes.

    But in the photos of Apple with Dakota Johnson, I think she is the spitting image of her mother, just younger. I did a double-take.

    Which is also to say I think she looks a lot different in the IG photos than in the pap photos with Dakota.

    Beautiful, privileged young woman. I hope she does some good in the world.

  29. Watson says:

    Lovely message and stunning young lady. Is this a sexy pose? Yes. Eyes angled up, short dress and legs for days! I totally would do the same if i were her age. Apparently she has final say over the pics her mom chooses to post so it makes sense this one was chosen.

  30. Annaloo. says:

    I just re-looked at this pic. OMG, that top IS low-cut!! It goes down to her belly. I did not notice that. And there is a lot of leg! I think I might be my pearl clutching, but If that were my niece, I would have had her put a tank top or bralet on. This is a lot of skin. Just, the ick factor is close with this. …Instagram IS a public platform, and I couldn’t serve my niece’s hello and her potential public image (and mine) to the world with this imagery.

    It was inevitable that people would find her beautiful, but I do think Gwyneth should have been more careful than to have projected this image of her daughter that will surely be sexualized. We are aiming for that better world, but we are definitely not there yet.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      “We are aiming for that better world, but we are definitely not there yet.” And holding other people’s daughters up to conservative standards has done nothing to bring us closer to that better world. If anything, it’s done the opposite- you’ve got males growing up being taught that it’s the female responsibility to use chastity to get safety and basic respect.
      By the way, females will still be sexualized (and other things) no matter what they wear.

      • Annaloo. says:

        Ok, I see the error of my ways, I didn’t realize I was being conservative. I do apologize, but I guess it was that gut initial feeling that is hard for me to shake from my own life experience: I still wouldn’t feel good about posting a pic like that. Sorry that I’m more church lady about this, I was worried I was pearl clutching…I guess I am overprotective and over worried…and maybe extremely negative

      • Mustlovedogs says:

        Otaku fairy I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for your comments. I always read them with great interest. They are balanced, intelligent, educated. Feminist in a way I want to teach my daughters what feminism means. Thank you. I’m constantly enlightened here. It’s lovely. ❤️

      • Otaku fairy says:

        @MustLoveDogs: Thank you. 😀

    • Elizabeth says:

      Annaloo, besides what Otaku Fairy said above, I would say also that this outfit is not really an unusual type of dress to see in L.A. or lots of other places.

      There’s extreme porn of every description available everywhere online and you’re worried about this? No no, you can ease up on those pearls.

      It’s never about “what she was wearing.“ It’s about whether or not a man is a criminal. And frankly it’s about whether or not our society is ruled by rapists (Trump, Kavanaugh) and rape apologists (women like Susan Collins) . . . Oh . . . I guess it is . . .

      • Annaloo. says:

        Look guys, ice seen the error of my ways and am no longer making comments on 16year olds in low cut dresses! I apologize I am apologizing forever I wi always be apologizing and if I could drive to your house right now and apologize I would and leave my broken pearl necklace behind bc I clutched it so hard. Mea culpa!!!:-)

  31. lamaga says:

    Holy pearl clutchers, victim shaming is real and is a problem, there is absolutely nothing strange or scandalous about her attire or this picture. I’m a teacher well into my 30s, if that matters.

    • VKES says:

      Yeah these comments are gross. If she were in long sleeves and pants creepy men would STILL find a way to sexualize her. It’s why women in big winter coats and baggy pants still get catcalled. It’s about power, not what you’re wearing. Don’t blame the teen for creepy grown men looking at her in a sexual way.

    • Sof says:

      I wasn’t going to leave a comment, but after reading so many women policing what should and shouldn’t be worn because MEN WILL DO/THINK whatever, I’m really angry!

  32. Mar says:

    She is absolutely stunning. She really got a great combo of her parents.

  33. Seraphina says:

    🍎 Apple is the apple of her mother’s eyes. Sorry, I could not resist.

  34. Brittney B says:

    Wow, she REALLY looks like Gwenyth in that third pic on the couch. That smile!!!

  35. Summer says:

    Honestly I think she’s a great mix of both parents. I just hope they don’t take the “model” route. Education is crucial for these nepotism kids.

  36. Em says:

    All I see is “Apple Martini” when I read the name Apple Martin. It’s a sweet message though.

  37. Brooks says:

    I was pregnant with my son at the same time Gwyneth was pregnant with Apple. My son will be 16 soon and he’s a wonderful kid, but he struggles from social anxiety and low self esteem. It breaks my heart to watch him struggle. Needless to say, the quarantine is right up his ally, he was born for social distancing!

  38. Caty Page says:

    My young students grew up in a more progressive time and have a strong sense of values, but our Insta world still makes the girls feel like “beauty” is a goal to aspire to. It makes me sad.

    She’s stunning, so young girls will probably look up to her. I hope she does something cool like when Karlie Kloss started a coding camp.

    I’m sure she’ll have a nepotism modeling contract, but I hope she uses her influence to do things that benefit girls.

  39. frenchtoast says:

    I don’t think that Apple girl is pretty, that’s just my opinion, she’s very average looking. And she has terrible posture, as shown in her pics wth Dakota, wth.

    • Jaded says:

      She’s not “that Apple girl”, she’s a lovely girl whose name is Apple. She has a natural, healthy look and posture, and I’m amazed you apparently have the superpower of see-through vision to penetrate her thick jacket.

      Honestly….

  40. Bavarian says:

    She Looks healthy. A healthy 16 year old that Looks confident and relaxed.