No, it’s not Botox or plastic surgery. It’s being healthy and at peace with oneself.
Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger has finally spoken to settle all speculation about her “different face” that has kept social media abuzz since she walked down the red carpet at Elle Magazine’s annual Women in Hollywood event on Monday night.
“Is that really her?” friends and fans exclaim upon seeing the 45-year-old screen siren at the glittery affair. She looks so different from the chubby, squinty-eyed and pouting star of Jerry Maguire and Bridget Jones’s Diary. This time she looks … well, older.
Is there a chance that that’s not her? Entertainment editors quickly rummaged through their picture archives to compare her new look with her old photos, and came to the conclusion that it’s her alright.
Others suspected that she might have had a Botox treatment or even a facelift.
“It’s not the worst plastic surgery I’ve seen, but she’s completely erased a major aspect of her movie star image/brand. Weird,” says one Gawker reader.
“She always had sort of an odd face. But it was her face. And she made millions because of it or in spite of it or whatever. Now she’s just Jennifer Grey,” comments another, referring to the 54-year-old actress of Dirty Dancing.
To quash all the rumors, Zellweger finally issued a statement to People magazine, saying she thinks all the chatter about her face is “silly”, CNN reports.
“I’m glad folks think I look different!” she says. “I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”
“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself.”
So that’s it. No facelift gone horribly wrong. No artificial enhancers. Just letting nature takes its course.
On NBC’s morning television show Today, co-host Kathie Lee Gifford called on everyone to stop the nasty remarks. “Let her be and don’t be so mean spirited about her choices,” she says. “I think she looks beautiful.”
Comments Nicole Wallace of ABC’s The View: “I think the reality is that there is an unending pressure on women to look forever young.”
Sarah Kliff echoes her view in her Vox blog: “Society delivers a constant and consistent message to women: You do not look right. You should look different.”
But when Zellweger did change her look, the public didn’t like it because now she looked too different, Kliff notes.
“And now we are furious at her, because she makes us face ourselves. We don’t like ourselves for asking her to be different. We don’t like feeling bad about what we are really asking women to do.”
Indeed. But as far as we’re concerned, nothing’s the matter with it. Women can easily change the way they look. Just a change of hair style and color, a different make-up and attire, and voila! a new woman.
But that’s what’s on the outside. What’s inside is a bit harder to change.
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