Ashley Judd Plastic Surgery Rumors: Truth or Fake?

So, in recent years, Ashley Judd’s face has come under a lot of scrutiny due to its “ever-changing” shape and feel. However, the rumors intensified this year when the seasoned actress appeared at her mother’s induction ceremony into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The event was organized just a day after her legendary mother, Naomi Judd, passed away at the age of 76.

Ashley Judd Plastic Surgery Rumors
Ashley Judd

Eagle-eyed fans noted that the Divergent star’s face looked puffier than before and soon, the Ashley Judd plastic surgery rumors started again. But is there any truth behind the story? Keep reading to find out.

Ashley Judd’s Plastic Surgery Rumors in 2012

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Ashley Judd’s plastic surgery rumors first hit the headlines in 2012 when she went on tour to promote her new TV series titled Missing. During the tour, she sat down for an interview with a Canadian talk show, and fans couldn’t help but point out her swollen face. The actress was called several names ranging from “cow” to “pig” which got to her forcing her to issue a response through an article she wrote for The Daily Beast in 2012.

Ashley Judd’s Response to the Rumors

The Hollywood icon wrote, “We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification … As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself to the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body.”

According to her, she responded to the accusations “because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture … endure every day.”

Wynonna Judd’s sister then claimed that the puffy face was a result of a heavy dose of prednisone that she was using to cure an illness. Later, we were told that the illness was a sinus infection by her spokesperson.

Fans Came the Aid of Ashley Judd

Many of her fans who had used prednisone in the treatment of various illnesses came to the defense of their idol. One fan, in particular, claimed that she had to quit school as a result of weight gain from taking the drug.

This started an online campaign where several people posted pictures of themselves before and after using prednisone. The pictures clearly showed significant swelling in their faces after using the steroids.

In another statement, the actress wrote about how the media subjects her and her female colleagues in the movie industry to intense scrutiny and lamented some of the unfortunate comments that have been printed about them. She wrote, “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”.

However, this fiery defense did not stop the Ashley Judd plastic surgery rumors from resurfacing a almost decade later.

Ashley Judd’s Plastic Surgery Rumors in 2020

This time it was during the Democrat presidential candidate elections when former presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, featured the actress in a video she posted on Twitter. Fans who saw the video spoke about how puffy Ashley Judd’s face looked and once again another bout of Ashley Judd’s plastic surgery rumors started.

Ashley Judd Responds Yet Again

As happened in 2012, the High Crimes actress responded to the rumors through a Facebook post. Ashley Judd denied she’d gone under the knife but said that she receives regular Botox injections as standard treatment for her migraines that have persisted through her acting career.

The Hollywood icon continued that the chronic migraine headaches, coupled with the Botox injections, contributed to her weight gain and resulted in her swollen face. Judd then added that it was no one’s business what women did to their faces or bodies.

Ashley Judd’s Surgery in 2021

The following year, while participating in efforts to save the bonobos in Congo, the talented actress got involved in a horrific accident that shattered her left leg. The accident occurred when she tripped over a fallen tree as she and her team walked the rainforest of Congo.

Explaining the incident to Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, the veteran Hollywood star intimated that there was no immediate hospital facility in the vicinity so, they had to trek for miles.

Ashley Judd’s Interview on her Accident

During the interview on Instagram live, Judd added that it took about 55 hours for them to find a hospital. Before then, she was placed on the forest floor by her Congolese companions who immobilized her leg. They then carefully placed her in a hammock and carried her for miles till they reached the base camp.

Once they got to the camp, the actress was helped onto a motorbike and ridden through rocky terrain for a couple of hours till they got to the airport in Kinshasa, the capital of the Congo. All this while, Judd held her leg, which was broken in four places, in place with the help of another colleague.

The actress was then flown to a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa where surgery was performed on the leg. In an Instagram post, the actress said that she required a blood transfusion and treatment for her leg which had swollen.

The Actress Shows Gratitude

She later expressed her gratitude to all who helped her after her freak accident when she wrote on Instagram, “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”.

So, while the actress has admitted going under the knife, it was for a different reason than what many people thought. Though she has endured a lot of mockery over the nature of her face with some calling it puffy rubber surgery, the actress claims she’s never done anything to her face.

The Verdict on Ashley Judd’s Face

According to the Divergent star, the many facial changes fans have witnessed may either be a result of treatment for sickness or any other thing aside from plastic surgery. Do you believe her or do you think that Ashley Judd is hiding something? The ball is in your court.

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