Renée Zellweger breaks silence, responds to critics of her new look: “We can do better” Left: Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage Right: Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

We all remember this moment — Renée Zellweger debuted her “new look” to millions at The ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Public criticism began flooding in for the “Bridget Jones’s Baby” actress for her “virtually unrecognizable” appearance.

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This week, Zellweger set out to put all the chatter to silence. In a personal essay, Renée wrote for the Huffington Post, she suggested, “we can do better.”

“What if immaterial tabloid stories, judgments and misconceptions remained confined to the candy jar of low-brow entertainment and were replaced in mainstream media by far more important, necessary conversations,” she writes.

Zellweger opens up about the moment the Internet took aim at her, without regard for Zellweger’s sensitivity to the jabs.

“And now, as the internet story contrived for its salacious appeal to curious minds becomes the supposed truth within moments, choosing the dignity of silence rather than engaging with the commerce of cruel fiction, leaves one vulnerable not only to the usual ridicule, but to having the narrative of one’s life hijacked by those who profiteer from invented scandal,” the “Miss Potter” actress concluded.

In case you completely missed Zellwegger’s transformation, here’s the photo of Zellweger, post-surgery:

2014 ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards - Arrivals

Here’s the photo of Zellweger, pre-surgery:

76th Annual Academy Awards - Pressroom

What’s your take on it?

Kamron Taylor About the author:
Kamron comes to Rare from Dayton Ohio where she was previously a food, culture and entertainment reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio. A Spelman College graduate, Kamron has also worked at CNN, WSB-TV in Atlanta, and Fox 2 News in St. Louis.
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