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Gwyneth Paltrow's Creative Inspiration: Jay-Z!

04/12/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow Interviews Jay-Z
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People all over the world look to Gwyneth Paltrow for her seamless taste in fashion and food — plus her refreshing outlook on life — but who does she look to for inspiration? None other than her good friend, rap superstar Jay-Z. Paltrow interviewed the hip-hop mogul for her latest GOOP newsletter, asking all about his new “super cool website,” Life + Times, which she says is “canvassing everything that’s piquing his interest in the worlds of art, music, technology, design, sports, leisure, and style.” (What a mouthful!) But why did he want to create his own site in the first place? “I think it’s every human’s job to inspire others, to feed one another’s senses,” Jay-Z tells Paltrow. “Inspiration begets inspiration times infinity. Imagine if the person that was inspired to create the phonograph didn’t share it with the world.” And Paltrow wasted no time drilling the star on his all-time favorite inspirations in life, including food (chef and Paltrow pal Mario Batali is his pick) and fashion, a world he claims Marc Jacobs rules. “He takes the Bronx experience like 40 Below boots and bubble gooses [jackets] and puts it on the runway,” he says of the designer. But when Paltrow asks the question everyone is wondering — “You are the coolest man on Earth, how the f did you get like that?” — he reminds us all that behind every great man, there’s a great woman (in his case, wife Beyonce!). “I’m around great women, starting with my mom. Women keep men cool,” he says. “The hotter the chick the cooler the guy … that sounds like a really bad rap line!” Tell us: Have you visited Jay-Z’s new site? –Kim Peiffer

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