Ashley Judd Fights Back Against 'Puffy' Remarks

The actress says it's time for women to stop ridiculing each other

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

As a rule, Ashley Judd says, she doesn’t read her own press, but when media outlets started speculating that recent photos showing her “puffy” face were the result of bad plastic surgery, she decided enough was enough, and penned an essay for The Daily Beast.

For the record, the star of the new TV series Missing writes, she was on steroids for an illness and also happened to go from a size 2/4 to a 6/8 “after a lazy six months of not exercising.” Oh, to be a size 6/8.

“Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery?” Judd asks. “Our 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. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in—and help change—the Conversation.”

Will you?

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