Renee Zellweger's before and after photos have made plenty of headlines in recent years. But she is tired of all the negative stories. The actress slammed the plastic surgery rumors in a new essay for Huffington Post.
"Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes," she wrote. "This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality."
Renee Zellweger first sparked plastic surgery rumors back in 2014, when her face looked drastically different on the red carpet. Fans who saw her before and after photos were convinced she had gone under the knife. Of course, it's likely she got Botox or fillers because most women in Hollywood over 35 do. But Zellweger has consistently said she didn't get plastic surgery.
"In October 2014, a tabloid newspaper article reported that I'd likely had surgery to alter my eyes," Zellweger wrote in her essay. "It didn't matter; just one more story in the massive smut pile generated every day by the tabloid press and fueled by exploitative headlines and folks who practice cowardly cruelty from their anonymous internet pulpits."
The plastic surgery rumors only intensified last month, when a critic named Owen Gleiberman claimed the actress no longer looked like her beloved Bridget Jones character. But Renee Zellweger doesn't understand why everyone is so obsessed with her looks.
"It's no secret a woman’s worth has historically been measured by her appearance," she continued. "Although we have evolved to acknowledge the importance of female participation in determining the success of society, and take for granted that women are standard bearers in all realms of high profile position and influence, the double standard used to diminish our contributions remains, and is perpetuated by the negative conversation which enters our consciousness every day as snark entertainment."
Zellweger wrote that this emphasis on beauty is "problematic for younger generations" and "triggers myriad subsequent issues regarding conformity, prejudice, equality, self acceptance, bullying and health." So she thinks media should focus on more important issues.
"Ubiquitous online and news source repetition of humiliating tabloid stories, mean-spirited judgments and false information is not harmless," Zellweger concluded. "It increasingly takes air time away from the countless significant unprecedented current events affecting our world. …What if immaterial tabloid stories, judgments and misconceptions remained confined to the candy jar of low-brow entertainment and were replaced in mainstream media by far more important, necessary conversations?"
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