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."

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"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.

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Misogynistic?? She needs to be pointing her finger and attitude toward women. In general, men don't notice or comment on supposed tucks and nips nearly as often as women. Men aren't as observant to these type of things unless it is VERY obvious.

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Whats the difference between a celebrity and and normal person having plastic surgry... There is no difference so leave these poor girls alone... It's sad that people are do judge mental... There are so many young girls that have issues with there body because people like to hate and judge people... I want young girls to look up to me and see me as a role model because I'm not perfect in any way not as pretty as most and deff not skinny like people like there models and celebritys but I love every bit of my body just the way it is I don't care what people think... I will never allow someone to make me into something that I'm not... If I gain weight then that's on me and I'm much happier when I have weight on me... I like being diffrent from other people... Curves are beautiful in every way... So don't let people say nasty things to you and don't let them bring you down no matter what the situation is love your self and you will find people that love you for who you are

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Looks like prednisone to me , but it's nobody's business what she looks like and why she changed , people need to get a life and in this world we worry to much about what others think or say !!!

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Honestly, she looks fine! And she has always had the self control to keep a healthy/slim figure. Someone needs to get on all the "Beautiful bodies" that are nothing more than out of proportion walking huge asses, huge thighs and empty heads in Hollywood today. And that includes stars of all colors and creeds.

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Ashley...I hear you girlfriend! I had to take a medication a few years back that made me swell up like the Philsbury Dough Boy. My face was puffy, as were my hands and feet. It was very uncomfortable. The LAST thing I would have wanted to hear were whispers about plastic surgery. It was bad enough as it was. It almost made me wish that it had been plastic surgery. At least at the end of my treatment I would have looked "better".
Don't pay attention to the hungry haters.

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I did not know that someone would get plastic surgery to have their face made to look puffier.

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Ppl need to grow up and stop focusing on celebritys flaws its the same a bulling its getn out of controll needs to stop

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She may have been ill and probably on the medication Prednisone. This will do this to your face. Ashley is getting older and they are comparing it to a picture of a much younger Ashley. Not fair! I might add, that her sister Wynnona has taken this type of attacks all of her life. The industry is ruthless.

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@iluvhulk1117 - Thank you. Well said!

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It doesn't matter what a woman's occupation is or is not. The fact is the media takes any part of a individual and takes it apart piece by piece. Women have always been faulted or praised from their weight, looks, sex appeal, height, you name it. I don't feel she is making to much of the topic, I feel we as human's need to stop making so much over someone's looks. We have young teens out there looking toward the media for answers if they are acceptable or not. The media should not decide who or what is pretty or acceptable and profit upon it. The media makes money off of a persons lack of self-esteem... We as human's need to put a brake on it before its a young woman you know who suffer's silently about if they are worthly of being accepted or not....its a real problem.