Last month, when Ashley Judd began doing press for her new ABC show Missing, most of the attention she got had to do with her appearance rather than the show itself. In a new op-ed piece on the Daily Beast, Ashley writes an open letter to the media and to her peers, fans, and colleagues, blasting all those who took the opportunity to comment on her “puffy face.”

Ashley begins “The Conversation” with a blanket statement about women in the public eye: “We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification.”

Ashley remembers how, when she first started acting around the age of 18, she would read everything written about her. Then she tried only reading the “good” press, before ultimately deciding to avoid all of it entirely.

But she can’t remember a nastier attack on her physical appearance than the recent conversation about her March 2012 appearance. She writes, “The conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day.”

She goes on to list the various reasons given by the media for her puffier appearance, including allegations of plastic surgery (or “work done”), some kind of aggressive skin treatment she’d had, an exaggerated weight gain, and others that “ran this ‘story’ without checking with my office first for verification, or offering me the dignity of the opportunity to comment.”

As for her own given reasons, she cites the natural and obvious aging process. “When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardy in 1998, I am accused of having ‘messed up’ my face.”

Read the complete article here, and tell us what you think in the comments!

Source: Daily Beast

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