UPDATE

In the June 11-18, 2001, issue of US magazine:

"Gwyneth Just Says No to Fur"

Gwyneth Paltrow's new best friend has persuaded her to stop wearing fur. The 28 year old Oscar winner changed her fashion philosophy, a source tells Hot Stuff, when she was shown a documentary on fur farms by designer and animal-rights activist Stella McCartney, the 30 year old daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney, who narrated the film for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Paltrow, however, is stil wearing leather and, unlike Drew Barrymore and Alicia Silverstone, will continue to wear clothes made by designers who use fur. Paltrow could not be reached for comment.

 

April 6, 1999

Gwyneth Paltrow
c/o Huvane Baum Halls
8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 444
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Dear Ms. Paltrow:

Please allow me to congratulate you on your recent award--the Academy Award for Best Actress for your role in Shakespeare in Love. How happy you must have been at the moment your name was called. During your acceptance speech, your tearful words about love and your family touched my heart but, I must admit, your words in a recent issue of Elle magazine about fur broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

For your quick reference, the quote to which I refer is:

“...feminine and very elegant, which I always like. I’ve got a fox-fur stole by Fendi which I love, but I could never wear it in the States without being lynched. It’s really stupid when you see all those militant types wearing leather shoes. I keep myself happy with little touches [of fur trim] here and there, especially around the face...”

Fur, as you said, is very elegant...it is also warm, soft and silky--especially when it remains on the original owner. Your words and demeanor show you to be a thoughtful and kind person. As such, I thought perhaps the reason you have no problem wearing fur and have such an adverse opinion of animal advocates is because you have not seen the full picture regarding fur production and have only heard the loudest of cliches which advocates use. Unfortunately, the very vehicle animal advocates use to share facts is often their undoing and instead hinders communication of the pertinent data.

It is my hope that in this non-confrontational and hopefully informative manner, you will be more open to learning the truth about the cruelty involved in the entire fur harvesting process. Therefore, I hope you will take just a couple brief minutes of your time to read the attached article about tells the story of one fur “farm” and its future clothing “materials.”

After reading it, you might want to join the ranks other celebrities who have chosen to say "no to fur." They include designers Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Giorgio Armani, Carolina Herrera, and Oleg Cassini (who have stopped using fur in their lines), actors Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, musician Paul McCartney, models Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, and Cindy Crawford (who no longer work with or wear fur) and comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Maher.

I thank you for taking the time to read my letter and this article. I hope you find both informative, choose compassion over fashion, and alleviate the suffering and tragedy that fills these small creatures' short lives. Such beautiful, elegant coats--why not leave them with their original owners? If they make you happy, think how happy keeping them makes the animals! Congratulations again on your award and here’s hoping there are many more in your bright film future.

Sincerely,

Leigh-Anne Dennison
a fan

p.s. And, just to clarify, almost all of us “militant types” wear non-leather shoes. With advances in technology, synthetic materials used to produce these leather-look-alike shoes are just very convincing faux versions. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite shoe sources is Vegetarian Shoes (in the U.K.)--the name says it all.

 

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