Have You Read the Essay that Hollywood Women Are Raving About?

    Recently, Ashley Judd was criticized and made fun of for her “puffy face.” Did you hear about this?

    The media concluded she must have had work done that went wrong. Judd later explained that it was actually a side effect from some medication she was taking. She went on to call out the media and serve up a few lashings of her own! In a recent essay in the Daily Beast, Judd questions the media’s coverage of her “puffy face,” asking why it was such a big deal. “What is the condemnation about?” she asks. “What is the self-righteous alleged ‘all knowing’ stance of the media about?”

    This intelligent, powerful essay couldn’t have arrived a minute sooner.

    The unfair media coverage of Judd’s appearance reflects the typical workings of the Devil’s Playground. Someone doesn’t meet a certain criteria as determined by Hollywood and she is subsequently ridiculed and bullied until the celebrity submits to the standards.

    This happened with Miley Cyrus when she put on weight–Hollywood was so critical and rude. Cyrus fought back, but within the same year, she’s lost all the weight she’d defended and is working out. Did she feel bullied into losing weight? Was she humiliated by the headlines? Of course, now she’s been criticized for looking “anorexic”!! How can she win??

    Whether it’s being “too fat” or “too old,” female celebrities are never perfect and natural beauty just doesn’t seem to cut it. A while ago, I wrote a post titled It’s a Sad Day When Even Julia Roberts is Not Beautiful Enough. In this post, I discussed how even the most beautiful celebrity women are Photoshopped to unrealistic perfection.

    When will these celebrity women stand up and say, “Enough!”? When will they establish their own rules that allow women to be themselves and make Hollywood follow them?

    Well, Ashley Judd has taken a huge step for all women by writing this article that women all over the country are saluting her for.

    Hollywood women of all ages, including Miley Cyrus, are stepping out to thank Judd for publicly criticizing Hollywood’s objectification of women.

    “thank you @AshleyJudd This article was music to my ears. Beautifully said and beyond inspiring. I hope everyone woman reads this” (Miley Cyrus, Twitter).

    “@ashleyjudd I felt you directly protecting women in a far more expanded way than just answering back to hateful commentary #newconversation” (Minnie Driver, Twitter).

    Here is a powerful snippet from Judd’s essay:

    I hope the sharing of my thoughts can generate a new conversation: Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate? If not in the conversation about me, in parallel ones about women in your sphere? What is the gloating about? What is the condemnation about? What is the self-righteous alleged “all knowing” stance of the media about? How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment? How can we as individuals in our private lives make adjustments that support us in shedding unconscious actions, internalized beliefs, and fears about our worthiness, that perpetuate such meanness? What can we do as families, as groups of friends? Is what girls and women can do different from what boys and men can do? What does this have to do with how women are treated in the workplace? (

    Ladies, do you have some answers for Judd?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. I’m glad someone is standing up to this. I get tired of beautiful women being criticized for the slightest little imperfections. If such gorgeous women aren’t good enough, what message does that send to the rest of us? I’m proud of Ashley Judd for writing about it. I hope more people follow in her footsteps.

      • I’m especially mad that the media criticizes women for not only for being too fat, but for being too skinny as well. I am very slender, young, and petite, but some would have the nerve to call me too skinny, while calling others too fat! This has not happened to me yet, but this would happen if I was in Hollywood! I am so proud of Ashley Judd for taking a stand and giving a voice to other amazing women out there. God bless you for shaming their hypocrisy!

    2. Good for yhu ashley judd! We need to stand up to these people, they think they can critisize people and its ok, but we have feelings. If beauty isnt good enough then what is, who cares what people say girls it doesnt matter what they say but what Jesus thinks and he thinks we are beautiful no matter what! 🙂

    3. My family travels a lot, and one of the places we lived was Pigeon Forge, TN. While I lived there, I made friends with 3 sisters that lived in our neighborhood. We became best friends, I told them my secrets, they told me theirs, we saw each other every day. Then we had to move, and I was very upset about it, and so were they. At least I thought. The day after I left, I checked my e-mail and I saw a letter from one of them, Samantha. Unfortunately it wasn’t a “Hey, I miss you, I can’t believe you had to move…” Kind of e-mail. It was a hate e-mail. She talked about how ugly I was, and that I was immature, and she never really wanted to be friends with me, she just did because her sister’s wanted to….. things like that. But most of it was about how ugly, fat, and absolutely not-pretty I was…… and worse. And she had supposedly been one of my best friends. It effected me sooo deeply. I started caring a lot more about how looked, putting more make-up on, not wanting to go out of the house without make-up, crying at my reflection in the mirror…… you get the idea. But lately my family and true best friends have been trying to encourage me, and I’ve been praying to God to help have more self esteem. I’m still struggling, but I’m doing much better. When I found out about PI, and saw the ‘You Are Beautiful Without Make-Up” section, and saw all of these other girls, who look absolutely AMAZING without make-up, it helped me even more. I’m still friends with the other two girls, but I haven’t spoken to Samantha since the e-mail. Thank you for posting this, nobody has the right to call a girl “Ugly” or “Fat” or worse. You might see my face in the No Make Up section soon. 🙂

    4. In my opinion all it is, is the devil trying to get an advantage over women. He puts doubts in our heads saying we need to show what we’ve got and we need to have work done on us because we’ll never be perfect and where not “attractive” without mutating our bodies with surgery, crazy diets, make-up, ect. It’s horrible! God made us in HIS image..God’s not ugly…is he? No, so who can say you’re ugly when you’re natural? A lot of girls do it for a guy…sad fact. Simple fact…you can still get a great guy even if you’re wearing the most amounts of clothing. You don’t need to change for some one who’s NOT you. You don’t need to try to impress some guy with your body. It’s horrible that in this world most girls hate their natural bodies because we compare ourselves to models who are photoshopped sticks! This needs to change. Yall, don’t trip over your flesh! Yall are beautiful! #NaturalBeautyIsTheBestBeautyEver!

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