Could Ashley Judd Have Gotten Plastic Surgery? Her Surgery Rumors Exposed

Ashley Judd has worked almost as hard for good causes as in her acting career. Since 2016, Judd has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. She is known for her work to promote gender equality, especially her defense of sexual and reproductive rights around the world.

But she didn’t start calling herself a feminist recently. In 2003, Judd was on the cover of Ms. magazine with Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Cho and Camryn Manheim, all of whom wore t-shirts that said “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.”

Most of the “Divergent” star Ashley Judd’s charity work is in developing countries, but she is also involved in her own country, where the fight for equality is still not over. In October 2017, Judd was one of the first women to say publicly that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed her.

This was part of an investigation by The New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize. Judd identified the now-disgraced Hollywood producer as the unnamed abuser she had previously described in a 2015 interview as “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses.” Judd said the event happened while filming “Kiss the Girls” in 1997.


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In addition to her bravery and activism in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, Judd has also had to fight against sexism toward older female actors. Over the years, Judd has spoken out against the attacks she got from the media and the public because of how her looks changed, which led to a lot of talk about plastic surgery.

Ashley Judd Responded to Criticism of Her “Puffy” Face

Sources said that Ashley Judd’s swollen face was a source of bad press for her at the beginning of 2012. After she went on a Canadian talk show in April of that year, the media started speculating that Judd had gone under the knife. They called her names like “cow” and “pig,” she wrote in a response piece for The Daily Beast.

Judd denied that she had any plastic surgery, saying that the swelling in her face was a side effect of the strong medicine, including steroids, she had been taking for over a month to treat an illness.

But even though she was sick, Judd used her position to talk about how the media treats female actors.

“When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed ‘Double Jeopardy’ in 1998, I am accused of having ‘messed up’ my face… with a passionate lament that ‘Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for,'” she wrote.


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Even though she tried to stop it, she did it again in 2020 when presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren posted on Twitter a video of Judd in which her face looked “puffy.” After more rumors about plastic surgery, Judd went on Facebook to say that she gets Botox injections regularly to treat her chronic migraines, which also caused her to gain weight. Again, Judd had to tell them that none of it is their business.

Ashley Judd Had Surgery in 2021

After putting to rest rumors about plastic surgery for years, Ashley Judd was very open about her accident in February 2021, which led to a very different kind of surgery: one that saved her life. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Judd was working on a project to protect bonobos when she tripped over a fallen tree in the harsh African rainforest. She told Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times on Instagram Live that her leg was badly broken.

She wrote on Instagram that it took 55 scary hours to get to a hospital. Judd lay on the forest floor for five hours while her local friends set her leg, which was broken in four places and took care of her as she went into shock.

The men then took turns carrying her in a hammock through the dangerous jungle and back to camp for another couple of hours. From there, Judd and two volunteers rode a motorcycle for six hours while the other passenger helped her hold her leg in place.

Before getting to the airport in Kinshasa, Judd spent more than two days on the road. He arrived in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. In another Instagram post, Judd said that she had to get a blood transfusion and treatment to reduce the swelling before she could have surgery.

“I wake up weeping in gratitude, deeply moved by each person who contributed something life-giving and spirit-salving during my grueling 55 hour odyssey,” she wrote in the first post.

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