Renee Zellweger had not been in the news for a long time and her absence from the big screen had left her fans disappointed and critics speculating. Her first appearance in a film in five years had everyone excited to see what they could expect to see from the Jerry Maguire star, who also performed the lead in the film inspired by the much loved book about a middle aged British woman, The Diary of Bridget Jones, which was appreciated by audiences worldwide who were charmed by her adorably awkward and relatable character. She has done many other characters justice but it seems like the media and general public are as always more concerned with an actor’s appearance and their personal life as opposed to their career which is their actual job.
Everyone was shocked and horrified to see Zellweger’s “new face” as she walked the red carpet of the Elle magazine’s 2014 Women in Hollywood event clad in a lovely back dress that she carried gracefully as she posed for the photographers present there. Most claimed she looked unrecognizable with all signs of aging vanished from her face along with the double chin, her signature chubby cheeks and previously prominent forehead lines. No one seemed inclined to offer a compliment and just stood staring around shocked at this new development.
Maybe the real horror is not what she has done to her face but the reaction of same people who pronounce women unfit for cameras and thus deemed not beautiful enough the minute they develop a wrinkle, grey hair or a millimeter of waistline above size zero. Women in Hollywood have accepted the ugly truth that people will never be happy with them and no matter what they do, they will always be criticized for one thing or another. However, if we wish to raise our children in a world where they are judged by their deeds and not their appearances according to what trends state, it would be wise to change these perverse attitudes now before it is too late.