Anjelica Huston has spoken openly about plastic surgery-including botox and collagen injections-but whatever interviews she’s given in the past about her looks, the Daily Mail‘s speculation about her looks at a recent showing of Smash in LA are still despicable. The headline alone is offensive: “Anjelica Huston, 61, becomes Hollywood’s latest pillow face victim as she displays her suspiciously plump cheeks,” it reads. But the article itself is nothing but an insult, embellished with past quotes about how she’s conformed to the Hollywood plastic surgery norm with age.
The Daily Mail’s only quotes from Huston were from previous interviews, in which she gave a less-than-glowing review of her history with cosmetic surgery:
‘I went to a doctor who said, “Angelica, we have this wonderful new thing, it’s called Botox”
‘He took a huge needle and plunged it into my third eye. The pain was something inexplicable. I gasped, I writhed and when I came to, I had a headache that lasted four days. A serious one.’
The rest of the article just details what her skin, neck, and face look like in the press photos they’ve centered the article around; it barely mentions why she was at the event where they were taken.
We’ve got plenty to say about why headlines like these are damaging, but one of the best summaries comes from an actress who has experienced similar insults from the press. Back when her own “puffy face” was the subject of headlines, Ashley Judd responded directly with a great argument for why everyone needs to check their participation in a culture that scrunizes women (and yes, celebrities and Hollywood actresses) for their looks:
If this conversation about me is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that it is a feminist one, because it has been misogynistic from the start. Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? 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.
Wouldn’t it be great if Anjelica Huston would do the same?
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