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Renee ZellWegger: "Um...This is what a healthy 40+ woman actually looks like"



So in awkwardly ironic news, the internet blew up over the last few days discussing the horror that is the radical change of Renee Zellwegger’s face.  Seriously, google it, every other celebrity and feminist blog is talking about this.

A series of writers pointed at what they felt was clearly a botched attempt at plastic surgery by Renee which of course fanned the flames of social outrage over our societal focus on female appearance, a focus that ‘clearly’ drove Renee and women just like her to butcher their faces in an attempt to stay relevant.

Except… according to Renee, this is just what a normal woman looks like when she ages gracefully…

In short she was accused of being the weak-willed victim, bullied by social pressures into disfiguring herself... when in actuality she's done the opposite. 


While I believe she felt fine about how she looked before, I can't imagine how she feels now that people have tried to make her the poster child of failed plastic surgery before checking their facts.

According to Renee it’s just been so long between gigs for her and she has made so few appearances that people didn’t recognise what an actress looks like who ages normally instead of giving in to the pressures to stay visually young and vital, by getting plastic surgery.

She had this to say:

I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows. …
People don’t know me in my 40s. People don’t know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.
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. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.
I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself.
Ah internet, when you fail, you fail hard.

This of course has a bunch of people back pedalling today and going, “er… but the argument about a focus on physical appearance remains valid” to which I have to say “yeah it does, but how about you check your facts before you make a human being the poster child of what is wrong with the world, when that person is in fact the opposite of that position, because right now your good intentions have likely destroyed a person's perception of themself."

Personally I'd like to do a shout out to Renee. You're healthy, fit and fabulous at forty plus - and that's an achievement to be proud of.

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