Renee Zellweger Writes Powerful Op-Ed About the Tabloids’ Fixation on Her Appearance: ‘We Can Do Better’
Renee Zellweger is done with the media picking apart her appearance.
In a powerful new essay penned for The Huffington Post, the Bridget Jones's Baby star slams the press for recent speculation and criticism over her appearance, particularly rumors that she underwent plastic surgery.
Titled "We Can Do Better," the op-ed directly addresses speculation that Zellweger got "surgery to alter [her] eyes," a rumor that the tabloids perpetuated after photos of the actress looking somewhat different while attending the Elle Women in Hollywood event surfaced in October 2014. (Newsflash: It's called aging, and everybody does it. Relax.)
"Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes," the actress wrote, putting the speculation to bed and explaining that she decided to respond directly after she felt her silence on the matter made her seem "suspicious."
Zellweger, who made her official movie debut in 1993's Dazed & Confused and who has starred in films like Empire Records, Jerry Maguire and Chicago, added that the tabloids' obsession with her appearance and where she falls into society's standards of beauty are part of a much larger and persisting cultural issue.
"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," she continued, adding that "it’s no secret a woman’s worth has historically been measured by her appearance."
"Humiliating" tabloid gossip, she resolved, "saturates our culture, perpetuates unkind and unwise double standards, lowers the level of social and political discourse, standardizes cruelty as a cultural norm, and inundates people with information that does not matter."
Indeed, we can do better.
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