Renee Zellweger

About face: Why we should leave Renee Zellweger’s face alone

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Friday, 7 November 2014 - Last Updated on January 30, 2015
Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger

It was her who had us at hello.

When Renée Zellweger appeared at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on October 20, she looked “very different” from the cute Bridget Jones and sophisticated Dorothy Boyd who we’ve known 20 years ago. It was 1996 when Jerry Maguire hit the world cinemas, and the then-27 year old Renee was considered Hollywood’s new “It Girl”. Now 45, Zellweger seems to have a new set of qualifiers: “drastically different,” “suspiciously puffy,” and “utterly unrecognizable” – all courtesy of the media who is responsible for this frenzy.

So why doesn’t Renee look like the adorable 27-year-old we fell in love with in Jerry Maguire? Because, dear readers, this movie is almost two decades ago.


  1. It is no news that the detractors are living in a Botoxed industry that is operating a business obsessed with youth, be it real or tucked. According to Dr. Sean Maguire, a cosmetic surgeon at Physician’s Center for Beauty, the transformation is a big deal to us because “people pay attention to women we put out there as our ideal of beauty and when that person changes, we don’t like it.” Of course we are guided by a culture where growing old is a professional peril!
  1. So this is the norm: celebrities transform subtly, not drastically. This is the reason why whenever you put on make-up, you will try to make it look as natural as possible. This is why celebrities deny that they went through the knife or that they completed an out of this world diet. This is not the norm: a transformation that is astronomically obvious, you forget we’re not made of one body.
  1. It is not just about the alleged plastic surgery, things that made or broke the faces of many celebrities attempting to retain their youth so they can preserve their careers. It is an attack to a woman’s character. Whether we do it in humor or madness, we must admit it did more to stab her than any amount of going under the knife ever could.
  1. Her face may be looking a tad different, but one thing remains the same about Renee Zellweger. She still has impeccable red carpet style. Were you too distracted by the face that you didn’t even notice her twisted version of the classic LBD featuring mesh sleeves with black and gold swirl embroidery?
  1. No matter what Zellweger or any other woman chooses to do, that decision will always be judged harshly by some. This is just another dispute for aging exactly the way women want to. Let women choose how to go about aging. They can age the way they want to.
  1. Renee Zellweger is 45 now. She looks like she has wider forehead, sunken eyes, and thinner cheeks now. But aren’t these signs of aging too? Take out photos of you 20 years ago and be surprised at the effect. We must know what the real deal is and discern what women are really criticized for more—growing old or trying to look young. She made it clear she knows what she got into and she’s okay with it. “Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy,” Zellweger told People magazine.


Like millions of others, I checked the internet the morning after Renee Zellweger’s recent red carpet appearance, read commentaries, and judged. It must have been the strain of the eyes but after looking and reading articles about her revealing the reason behind her new look, I started seeing her differently. It is not that bad at all. She looks like a normal 45 year old lady, and not like a victim of a diet gone wrong.

Happiness is always subjective and doesn’t look like anything. And whether it means trying to look young or trying to look older, we can just accept it as it is and not rub it (literally) on her face. This is what she wanted. Period.

*Screen shot courtesy of YouTube.


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