Ashley Judd Denies Plastic Surgery, Assails Critics For "Nasty, Misogynistic" Puffy Face Rumors

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Ashley Judd says medication caused her face to appear puffy lately, not plastic surgery as many assumed - and she's far from pleased that people assumed that.

The Missing star wrote in The Daily Beast:

"The Conversation about women's bodies exists largely outside of all of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us."

Judd Face Puffy

"The Conversation about women happens everywhere. 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."

Judd continues to explain that as a general rule, she has refused to read media articles related to herself, because, "I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself."

"I thus abstain from all media about myself."

When it came to the controversy over her unusually puffy face while promoting her new series, however, the actress got wind of it - and felt that there were underlying issues critically important to her and impossible to overlook.

Judd lamented the "pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic" rumors that embodies what "all girls and women in our culture endure every day."

"We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women. A case in point is that this conversation was initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact."

"If this conversation is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that it is a feminist one, because it has been misogynistic from the start. Who makes a fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery?"

"Our entire culture, that's who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women."

Do you think that Ashley Judd has a point about body issues, or is she making too much out of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


How stupid once again making assumptions before checking facts. She is ill and on meds that are causing this. This will go away and she will go back to looking the way she used to. Hope all the people that treated her badly can get that foot out of their mouth


She now looks like Wilson" the soccer ball in "Castaway". So sad! She used to be so very pretty, and she will never look like she used to.


It's the downside of being a celebrity. The media can be intrusive, cutting and cruel, especially toward women and specifically with regard to their physical appearance. That's life! Be ready with a snappy answer or trot your publicist out there to handle your media mess!


That's one of the first things I noticed about her in her new show "Missing." Her face was really bloated and undereyes very puffy. I just assumed it was because I hadn't seen her in so long that her looks had changed but certainly a number of things could cause that. I've never really heard of plastic surgery causing puffiness under the eyes (besides in the very beginning which she clearly wouldn't be in by the point.)


I agree with her. Why is it we, especially women, take such notice and mark remarks, usually snide remarks, about other women's bodies when we don't do the same about men whose body changes and weight fluctuates too? And if a women DID have plastic surgery, whose business is it besides hers? No ones!!! That's why I like Joan Rivers honesty. She admits it and says, "So what!?!" In truth, I'd be saying, "What the fuck is it to you!?!"


Snoopy is probably right. Allergy season has caused several people to take Prednisone to clear their lungs. So either look like a puffer fish or be vain and breath through a straw.


i beleive that women still has fish brains bcos when it comes to men doing something wrong, all men tends to surport that man buu when it comes to a woman doing something wrong, women cannot even stand by thier fellow women. that is too bad for women. either are women jelous of themselve or they really have fish brains. it is a pity for women. WOMEN pls grow up and be independent..... it´s ur life


No I don't think she's being oversensitive at all but very right on! The media is disgusting these days. Completely rude and out of line most of the time. I can't believe they are already starting on Kate Middleton have invitro.. Its just too much all of it!


i won't argue that women often get picked apart on their looks ad nauseum and that it is unfair...but the entire coversation isn't relevant to only women i wish i had a dollar for every time a dude has been judged,bashed,picked apart and/or demonized about his income,what kinda car he drives,his height,his hairline,even the size of his c'mon gimme a break.The media cracks on ANYONE who doesn't fit the bill and as far as Ms Judd is concerned most straight guys wouldn't kick her out of bed so i don't think she or most women in general have anything to worry about.


John...try reading the whole article next time: "We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women. A case in point is that this conversation was initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact."

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