Renee Zellweger is our favorite. Her portrayal of Bridget Jones is iconic, so when she came back after a brief stint away from the public eye – we were shocked that everyone was so obsessed with her looks.
People were speculating on what exactly she had done to her face. She was ‘unrecognizable’ some said. Probably because she’d been away for a while. And she didn’t answer the critics, the fans, the speculation then. But she has now. She wrote an incredible letter for The Huffington Post based on the speculation she faced when she made her first public appearance. And it’s goals.
“I am lucky. Choosing a creative life and having the opportunity to do satisfying work that is sometimes meaningful is a blessed existence and worth the price paid in the subsequent challenges of public life.
Sometimes it means resigning to humiliation, and other times, understanding when silence perpetuates a bigger problem.”
The speculation, she says, was just another “story in the massive smut pile generated every day by the tabloid press and fueled by exploitative headlines”. But it was her life. She does clarify that she had nothing done to her eyes, as was suggested. Even though it’s nobody’s business, and she didn’t care what was being said. She cared where it was being said. The fact that her face was scrutinized on major news channels did bother her.
“It’s no secret a woman’s worth has historically been measured by her appearance.” She says. And she’s not wrong. She thinks the whole thing was really an indication of a bigger problem.
“Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump? Ugly shoes, ugly feet, ugly smile, ugly hands, ugly dress, ugly laugh; headline material which emphasizes the implied variables meant to determine a person’s worth…”
It’s been a while since everybody was talking about Renee’s ‘plastic surgery’, but she wanted us to know that she heard it. She heard it and she wants us to do better! So instead of criticizing, let’s celebrate each other – changing faces, changing bodies, changing clothes. We’re all amazing!
What do you think about Renee’s open letter?
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