ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

Cast your mind back through the aeons of time to October 2014, when the media did what the media does best: making a mountain out of a molehill. Renée Zellweger appeared at the Elle Magazine 21st Annual Women in Hollywood event, looking somewhat different to the public's classic image of her from hit movies like Bridget Jones's Diary and Cold Mountain.

Renée in the first Bridget Jones movie, and in late 2014.
Renée in the first Bridget Jones movie, and in late 2014.

One might think that a little change is expected in a person who steps out of the limelight for several years — especially one who has gained and lost weight repeatedly at the behest of movie producers — but Renée Zellweger's change drew harsh criticism from many media sources, particularly from Variety, whom fellow actress Rose McGowan vocally hit back at for their sexist critique of Renée's look.

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Now Bridget Jones — and, by extension, Renée Zellweger herself — is back in the public eye, and what matters more than all of this rampant bullshit is how Renée Zellweger feels. It takes a strong mind to withstand all the nonsense of fame, and in a recent interview with People, it seems that Zellweger has weathered the storm. In short, she gives no fucks what haters think.

"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. I am healthy. For a long time, I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable. I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion."

Renée Zellweger slays in Vogue in 2016.
Renée Zellweger slays in Vogue in 2016.

Zellweger comes across as strong but not embittered by her negative experience with the media, telling People that her changing look reflects her continuous development of a person, and her new approach to professional pressures:

"My personal life had taken a back seat to fulfilling my professional obligations. I felt a responsibility not to let people down. And so I just kept going. And there wasn't a reason not to. I didn't have children or an established relationship that dictated I make different choices. And because of the choices I was making and the life that I was living, I had no time to develop that in my life. I don't want to be this person 10 years from now. I'd like to become more of who I'm supposed to be."

Good on you, Renée. Be yourself — everyone else is taken! Share your support in the comments below.

Source: Vogue, People, Variety