Renée Zellweger Pens Stern Open Letter In Response To Body Image Questions


Renée Zellweger is taking control of her own narrative.

On Friday afternoon, the 47-year-old actress posted a strong open letter on the Huffington Post criticizing speculation over perceived changes in her appearance.

She wrote,

Zellweger not only denied rumors she'd had surgery, she dissected and questioned the societal context that prompts people to make a big fuss about such a subject in the first place, writing,

Zellweger also seemed to give pointed criticisms to a specific person.

During the letter, she alluded to "a critic whose ideal physical representation of a fictional character originated 16 years ago, over which he feels ownership, I no longer meet."

That appeared to be a clear reference to Variety writer Owen Gleiberman, who wrote an article titled, "Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?"

All in all, the actress thoroughly and comprehensively laced into the subject of body image, and, perhaps most importantly, addressed the consequences of the types of news stories that discuss how women look.

Zellweger said,

You can check out her full letter at HuffPo.

Citations: Renée Zellweger Pens Powerful Essay Slamming Speculation About Her Appearance (Cosmopolitan), We Can Do Better (Huffington Post)