Renee Zellweger’s ‘Huffington Post’ Plastic Surgery Piece: Why Not Just Say What She’s Done? [Photos]

Actress Renee Zellweger is looking well these days. As seen in the top photo from more than one year ago, Zellweger smiled on May 14, 2015, in Hollywood, California. On Friday, August 5, however, Zellweger is making news for a viral essay for the Huffington Post that Renee published, which took various publications to task for noting how different Zellweger looked in years past.

As a point of reference, Renee can be seen in the following photo from May 1, 2010. Zellweger had attended an event six years ago at The Beverly Hills Hilton. In the photo, Zellweger sports a short bob of a haircut and a sleeveless dress. Renee perhaps looks a little older than her Bridget Jones’s Diary days from 2001, but still beautiful all the same. Zellweger had notoriously put on 30 pounds just to take on the pivotal role, as reported by Shape.

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Overall, Renee was still recognizable and gorgeous.

However, when Zellweger appeared four years later on the red carpet, as Renee can be seen in the below photo when Zellweger arrived on October 20, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California, Renee looked so different that the online world stood up and took notice. Granted, social media had grown even more popular within the four years since Renee’s previous photo above had been taken. As such, the below photo quickly spread — because many folks commented that Zellweger looked unrecognizable, as reported by ET.

The article by Renee was titled “We Can Do Better” — and it’s a piece that addresses all the controversy over her appearance.

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Zellweger began the article by saying how lucky she is to work in a field that’s both creative and fulfilling. However, it’s a line of work that can bring humiliation as well.

“In October 2014, a tabloid newspaper article reported that I’d likely had surgery to alter my eyes.”

Back then, when Renee was 45, she told People she was glad people thought she looked different.

Calling “tabloid journalism” a field of “silly entertainment,” Renee spoke of replacing dirty gossip with more important conversations — not mentioning the importance of the media when Zellweger’s films seek publicity.

Nevertheless, Zellweger spoke of feeling bullied in the public by those curious about her changing looks. It wasn’t the fact that Renee grew older like everyone else that caused curiosity online, though. It was the curious fact that Zellweger looked so different that was a cause for pause. Renee wrote that she did not, in fact, have eye surgery.

“Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality.”

According to the New York Daily News, plastic surgeons guessed that Renee had gotten Botox and injections, at the very least.

Renee went on to write about how much focus society places on a woman’s looks. It is a factor that Zellweger doesn’t want to negatively influence younger generations. Indeed, Zellweger notes that words written with malice can cause harm.

“Ubiquitous online and news source repetition of humiliating tabloid stories, mean-spirited judgments and false information is not harmless.”

However, the things Renee did not write in the long essay are likely what most women have scoured the piece to see: what types of plastic surgery to avoid — or Botox, or injections, or whatever. At least Jennifer Aniston admits to loving Thermage, lasers, and Ultherapy, according to E!

As reported by the Daily Mail, even though Khloe Kardashian first denied getting fillers in her face when her sisters confronted her about her newly strange smile, Khloe eventually copped to getting fillers. Kylie Jenner also admitted to getting lip injections and even going overboard at times, as reported by Radar Online.

Those are the kinds of honest beauty tips that women can use — those celebrities that admit how they’ve actually changed their appearances and the lessons they learned along the way.

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