Imagine living every day knowing that photographs can be taken of you at any time and published in a major worldwide publication. It’s something you’d actually have to think about when you leave your home. Every time.
If we know we’re being photographed, we dress to the nines. We essentially manipulate our appearance to make ourselves look how we want. Celebrities do not have that luxury. For them, every public appearance is fair game.
Alright, so this is mostly a problem for women. Guys can throw on a T-shirt and jeans, a ball cap, don’t even have to shave, and will be lauded by fashion magazines.
Women, not so much. No makeup? Ugly.
I’m not saying it’s fair. In fact, I’m saying it’s extremely unfair. Man, I’m glad I’m not a woman.
Renee Zellweger got a nice dose of that reality today. The 45-year-old actress has not been in a movie since 2010, and apparently hasn’t left her home in that time, either. Because when she stepped onto the red carpet on Monday night for an event in California, she looked virtually unrecognizable.
So much so, that Gawker (in the link above), actually posted an update to its article because they were receiving so much feedback from people refusing to believe that the pictures were, in fact, of Renee Zellweger.
I always thought Zellweger received an unfair amount of criticism for her looks. People often questioned how attractive she is, but I always thought she was beautiful. She was an absolute knockout in Jerry Maguire and Me, Myself and Irene, and then she aged, put on a little weight for specific roles, but still looked fine. I always found her trademark puffy cheeks and tight-lipped smile very endearing.
But this version of Renee Zellweger is just … I don’t know. It’s not that she looks bad, she just looks nothing like Renee Zellweger.
This is the struggle that women face. They appear in public looking different, and within hours, the entire world is dissecting their look. And, since it’s the Internet — where people have no problem saying harsh things behind the shelter of a computer screen — the majority of the comments will be negative.
So I do understand how much that sucks. I don’t exactly harp on it, nor will my sympathy last longer than five minutes, but I do acknowledge the shittyness of that predicament.
But when you come out like Renee Zellweger did, looking like someone rearranged your face like a Mrs. Potato Head doll, then I can’t really fault people for wanting to talk about it. I don’t know what the reason is; plastic surgery, methamphetamine, an unfortunate encounter with Ray Rice. I don’t know. You can draw your own conclusions.
She’s making her film comeback next year starring alongside Keanu Reeves — which is another tragedy in itself — and as long as she maintains her quality acting abilities, then who really cares what she looks like?
Other than everybody in the world who is on the Internet?