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Renee Zellweger Wages PR Campaign to Defend Her Own Face
By: Jeannine Wheeler
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Is 45 too early to "get a new face"? Possibly so, if you listen to the social media chatter that forced Hollywood actor Renee Zellweger to defend her own face after some fairly obvious "rearrangement."

After appearing at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills this week, Renee displayed her Oscar-winning acting abilities to feign surprise that her new face had caused such consternation. After all, the quirky, loveable, girl-next-door look was now replaced by the more ubiquitous (at least in LA), Stepford-wife, nearly uniform look of a Barbie doll.

Was she still in there somewhere?

She told People magazine she was.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she told People, reacting to the bully pulpit of public opinion that she now looks very little like her old self.

Calling the conversation about her appearance "silly," she told People that she is choosing to address it because "it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door."

In further defense of her face, she continued: “People don't know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."

As she continues to insist that she looks different because she has ‘matured,’ it is ironic that talented, accomplished women such as Renee, Meg Ryan, Cher, and others refuse to let their faces do so as well….

 Even by Hollywood standards, this was a weird one.

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About the Author
Jeannine Wheeler is a PR Director who has worked in three countries, including Russia, the US and the UK. She is currently Sr. Vice President of Pure Energy PR, a full-service boutique communications firm with a focus on the energy, healthcare, technology, construction, real estate & land development, tourism & hospitality and food & beverage industries. Jeannine is in the firm's Austin, Texas office.
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