The Not So Curious Case of Renee Zellweger


Famous actress Renee Zellweger attended the Elle Women in Hollywood awards on Monday, October 20th. After she attended, the Internet exploded because OMG SHE LOOKED DIFFERENT.

Many people are speculating that she’s had some botox and cosmetic surgery done. Several online magazines have called in their Hollywood plastic surgeon “experts” to dissect her pictures and write about what she may or may not have had done to her face. The comparisons to Meg Ryan and Jennifer Grey have been numerous.

People are certainly allowed to notice when someone dramatically changes their look.

We have eyes.

We are allowed to use them…

But when you run into an old acquaintance who has aged quite a bit but has super plump cheekbones and obvious hair plugs, do you say really loud, “Why is your hairline so low and WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR FACE?”

If you’re thinking it’s not the same comparison because you’d never say something like that to someone’s actual face…

I’m here to tell you that the Internet is someone’s face. The only difference is that it offers the insulter a modicum of protection while the insulted gets to feel the sting at 100%.

It’s the hyper-focus on beauty and the rudeness that is also just too much. The weight that has been given to the bodies and appearance of women in the public arena has had the scales tipped too far for too long. How is it that we feel it is our right to condemn and ridicule (very publicly) someone for changing the way they look?


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People everywhere are expressing their “sadness” and “shock” over what they believe to be her plastic surgery…

but is it really all that curious?

I can tell you from experience that it’s extremely difficult for most actors to sit and enjoy one of their own movies. That inner critic that most of us have is magnified when you have to sit and watch yourself on a huge screen over and over.

“Does my left eye really do that?”

“How did those wrinkles get so deep?”

“Why is my face so slouchy on one side?”

“Argh! That critic was totally right about my snaggle tooth.”

Compound that with the millions of internet folks that criticize every weight gain, weight loss, wrinkle and haircut an actress goes through, and it can’t be a surprise to anyone that women in the entertainment industry feel the need to alter their looks. The public is big on condemning female celebrities for any flaw they can find. Then when an actress feels compelled to change what was naturally given to her, we condemn them all over again.

When Renee Zellweger first made a name for herself, the public made fun of her “squishy” face, and “lazy eyes”.

Now we’re hurling phrases out like, “What did she do? She doesn’t even look like herself”. For all we know, maybe that was the goal. Weren’t we the one’s who told her looking like herself wasn’t good enough to begin with?

Seeing her trend the past 24 hrs on twitter and facebook…

Having her name headline all over the Internet…

The whole ordeal hasn’t said as much to me about Renee Zellweger as it has about us.

What the hell happened to Renee Zellweger’s face?

My guess is we happened to it…

and (like it does for everyone) age happened to it…

and then we happened to it all over again.


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PS – Anyone know what she spoke about at the Elle Women in Hollywood awards, or what movie she’s also promoting that comes out in 2015… or has it all been overshadowed by her forehead?


9 responses to “The Not So Curious Case of Renee Zellweger”

  1. I felt gross reading all the articles criticizing her “new look.” It’s rude and you summed it up perfectly.

  2. Amanda says:


    I think people suppress the reality that just because a person is famous and “signed up for it,” attacking, critiquing, and vilifying them for their decisions is still every bit as cruel and shallow as if it were being done to a non-celeb.

    If you compared a photo of me now to a photo from fifteen years ago, you bet I’d look different. Age, life, weight, bad haircuts, you name it, they all play into it. I’m so tired of the “non judge” people who judge the heck away.

    “She didn’t have to” or “But I loved her face,” not fair. Our opinion doesn’t dictate her life. I cannot imagine enduring this kind of crap.

    Thank you, Jenni.

  3. Alison says:

    Well said, Jenni. I felt sick just reading the headlines. Leave her well alone.

  4. Leslie says:

    So perfectly said, Jenni. Sadness was my gut reaction because I never found her natural look to be anything but adorable. I feel like augmentation is becoming the new standard for beauty and I hate it. Her response to all the attention was really classy. Good for her.

    • Jenni Chiu says:

      Yes, she responded well. Grace under fire for sure!

    • If the Telegraph side-by-side comparison above is correct, that means her face changed drastically in 1.5 years. I think it’s fair to be shocked when a recognizable face becomes unrecognizable so quickly – but it’s not fair to completely freak out about it and shame her. Her body, her choice.

      • Jenni Chiu says:

        Agreed. It’s not like we’re not allowed to notice… but the public shaming is a getting a little outrageous. It’s hurtful to the celebrity who sees it, and feeds an unnecessary public frenzy.

  5. […] The Not So Curious Case of Renee Zellweger: There’s been a lot of talk these last few days about Renee Zellweger after she made an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood awards on Monday – talk about her appearance and did she or didn’t she have “work done.” So.Much.Commentary. But I love Jenni’s response. “The whole ordeal hasn’t said as much to me about Renee Zellweger as it has about us.” […]

  6. Jess says:

    It is a sad thing that our culture is so obsessed with looks and that it is totally acceptable to publicly scrutinize someome for their looks. And the reality is that people hide behind the internet and make these comments about celebrities, as if no one is getting hurt and it is not real. But obviously they are real people and the insults are real and it really creates a culture where criticism of anyone is okay. And sets an unachievable standard of perfection.

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