In Response to the Renee Zellweger Photos: Why Are We So Fascinated
I’m sure that you have seen the latest pictures flying around of Renee Zellweger. They’re hotter and trending faster than you can say “wrinkle.” Then the rumors, slang, gossip and slander flew around like wildfire. And while many have fallen down a path of negativity, I actually took a different spin on the pictures presented. So much so, that I thought I should write this post.
I read the article in shock. As I’m sure many of you did as well. I kept reading, waiting for that funny punch line at the end with a big “gotcha!” It never came. Then the detective side came out as I compared current pics to old (thanks for conveniently putting them in the post). Nose, eyes, jaw line…I started to wonder if maybe the poor photographer got the wrong person. A kind of distant look a like. Wondering if anyone else had figured out the mystery or if I was alone in my shock, I posted to my FB page. The response was immediate. Everything from agreement to concern to me being a horrible judgmental person….I then felt compelled to write this post.
We live in a society that preys on beauty. It’s obvious in just how quickly Renee’s face is trending in the social media world. We feel like people of high social status need to take care of themselves, be a certain way, act a certain way. We get crushed when they don’t met our petty expectations.
But notice if you were to age like Renee over 4 years of intense work, stress, and emotional strain….you wouldn’t get such buzz. Maybe a comment behind your back or a late night chat with your husband about it.
Let me pause now to remind you that the remainder of this post will contain no bashing, trashing or condemning of a woman I have never met. I’m not here to betray the sisterhood, aim my woman cat claws at anyone, or decipher motives behind the hurt, anger and disgust people are finding with these pics. You’re entitled to your opinion. And so am I.
This isn’t a matter of whether I think she’s beautiful, if she’s beautiful for her age now or if I even know what the definition of beauty is (which in case you were wondering my husband, kids, family, friends and oh yeah, My God have taught me these 30+ years on this earth). I’m not here to judge her beauty and compare to anyone, even herself for who she is today.
Of course she’s a beautiful lady. But my intrigue lies elsewhere.
Do these pictures represent a purely happy and confident woman? One who is feeling amazing with who she is, who she has become, and the comfort she feels in her own skin (no pun intended). Or is this a woman hiding behind a veil of sadness. Is there an underlying stress, hardship, depression, scars from years of work in the acting world?
Therein lies my wonder. Renee Zellweger is a beautiful person. I could have told you that any day. I just wonder if her outer beauty is matching her inner beauty.