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The 'Bridget Jones' actress has written a powerful open letter about how the media treats women...
Renee Zellweger has written an incredible open letter saying she's fed up of rumours and speculation about her weight and whether or not she's had cosmetic surgery.
Instead, Renee highlights just how vicious the media can be and how some are making the world worse, not better.
In the piece titled 'We Can Do Better', she says: "In October 2014, a tabloid newspaper article reported that I’d likely had surgery to alter my eyes. It didn’t matter; just one more story in the massive smut pile generated every day by the tabloid press and fueled by exploitative headlines and folks who practice cowardly cruelty from their anonymous internet pulpits."
She carries on, saying that what upset her the most wasn't rumours that she'd had surgery, but about how those rumours morphed into "subsequent legitimate news stories about self-acceptance and women succumbing to social pressure to look and age a certain way".
She added: "In my opinion, that tabloid speculations become the subject of mainstream news reporting does matter."
You tell them, Renee!
For good measure she goes on to say... "Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes."
You can tell that the simple fact that she's saying this makes her feel angry, like somehow she's giving in and adding to the mess! It kind of proves what a nightmarish, pressurised situation lots of female celebs find themselves in...
She also makes a point about playing Bridget Jones, questioning why so many people keep comparing her body to that of a fictional character she played in a film.
Here's the quote: "I am not writing today because I have been publicly bullied or because the value of my work has been questioned by a critic whose ideal physical representation of a fictional character originated 16 years ago, over which he feels ownership, I no longer meet."
But the most powerful part of Renee's open letter comes right at the end, when she says: "It’s no secret a woman’s worth has historically been measured by her appearance.
"Although we have evolved to acknowledge the importance of female participation in determining the success of society, and take for granted that women are standard bearers in all realms of high profile position and influence, the double standard used to diminish our contributions remains, and is perpetuated by the negative conversation which enters our consciousness every day as snark entertainment."
Her thoughts then turn to impressionable children and teens who see these media reports and begin to feel the pressure to look and behave a certain way.
It's safe to say her eloquence, passion and personal experience shine through in this letter, and we recommend everyone give it a read in full.
Well done, Renee! You nailed it!