Wow, did you see the claws come out last week?? I do love working with and writing for women, but, let’s face it, there are mean girls all around…not just in high school hallways. When actress Renee Zellweger appeared at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards with a perceived “new facial look,” social and entertainment media went wild.
Suddenly, critics portrayed her as a washed up actress bowing to the pressure of Hollywood competition. I am certain there were some (perhaps, fresh out of cosmetic surgery themselves) who were letting Renee have it for nipping and tucking. And actually we do not know for sure exactly what she did…if anything. She was raked over the digital media coals.
But, later, Renee would tell reporters,this amazing phrase…”I’m glad.” Glad people had noticed there was something different??
“I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” the actress told PEOPLE. “My friends say I look peaceful.”
Though the actress, 45, thinks the chatter around her looks “silly,” she added that for the first time in a long time, she’s learned to slow down and focus on herself. In her 30s, she explained, she “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,” she said. “I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things. “Now happily dating musician Doyle Bramhall and focusing on causes that matter to her, Zellweger, who recently participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS in L.A. in support of her friend, said she’s in a new place in her life — and it shows.” 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,” she said. “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.”
In other words, she picked up the I MATTER sign! And I applaud her. I am here to encourage women to realize they matter…how they interpret that, and what they decide to do in response is their choice. As it was Renee’s.
We should not sit here as judge and jury over what any woman does to make herself feel more confident, strong, healthy, and joyful. She obviously is feeling great about the direction she has taken. Shame on the ones who called her names and judged her decisions….without even understanding specifically what those decisions were.
I choose to color my hair…but I respect and applaud those women my age who do not. We each need to decide what helps us feel and look our best where we are right now. You go Renee! I support your decisions to say… I MATTER!
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