Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the amazing Ashley Judd.
Ashley has been making headlines around the world this week, speaking out for women everywhere about the criticisms and judgements that are levelled at us based purely on our appearance.
Back in March, Ashley did an interview for Canadian Television, after which there was mass speculation that her “puffy face” indicated that she had recently had plastic surgery. Alternate views were that at the age of 43 her skin was so flawless that she must have had work done.
Ashley confirmed that her appearance was simply a combination of lack of exercise over the winter and a course of steroids to help her overcome a sinus infection that she hadn’t been able to shift.
But after some vicious and brutal attacks levelled at her by the media…ranging from calling her a ‘cow’ or a ‘pig’ (not to mention that she was being called fat for being a US size 6-8, which is a UK 10-12) to saying that her husband was ‘looking for his second wife’, Ashley felt compelled to speak out.
Her response was posted here on her website and then published on the news site The Daily Beast . She then gave this exclusive interview, which prompted another explosion of media interest:
I thought I would share a few quotes from her message:
I ask especially how we can leverage strong female to female alliances to confront and change that there is no winning here as women. It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others – and in my case, to the actual public.
How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment?
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.
It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self image, how we show up our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in – and help change – The Conversation.
I believe that any woman who is standing up and publicly condemning the epidemic culture of objectifying, judgment and criticism, and is promoting the building up of support, female to female alliances and acceptance deserves acknowledgement and celebration.
So please join me in celebrating Ashley Judd today and help me in sharing her message, for all women today and in generations to come.
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
- Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!