Ashley Judd refuses to relinquish her power, self-esteem, and autonomy. Bravo, Ms. Judd. Bravo.

Today a story about actress Ashley Judd has been making the rounds. In it, Judd, 43, responds to rumors that she has had plastic surgery based on the “puffy” appearance of her face a few weeks ago.

I won’t say much, except to encourage you to read Judd’s thoughtful, honest, and important response.

I will also call attention to one of Judd’s most important points: Why is it that anyone is having this kind of intense, probing conversation about Judd’s appearance at all? She’s an accomplished actress and an advocate for children with AIDS. Yet none of those things get the same kind of attention that concerns about her appearance do. Why is this?

Judd herself says it best when she says, “The conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us.”

Yes, these discussions about our bodies—ugly, unfair, unrealistic discussions—are an attempt to control us, but thankfully, we won’t let them control us. And, thank God, neither will Judd.

Read Judd’s entire brilliant response at The Daily Beast.

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