LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Renee Zellwegger attends the SeriousFun Children's Network - London Gala at The Roundhouse on November 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
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If anyone knows what it's like to have her looks publicly scrutinized, it's Renée Zellweger. The Bridget Jones actress has faced her fair share of appearance-based criticism and sexism in the media over the years, namely a worldwide discussion that centered on her potential facial plastic surgery following a public appearance in October 2014. Never one to shy from her critics, however, Zellweger is clapping back at her detractors and praising the process of growing older.

"I've never seen the maturation of a woman as a negative thing," the Oscar-winning actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “I've never seen a woman stepping into her more powerful self as a negative.” She went on to talk about the cultural implications of making women's looks a hot topic of discussion. "[T]his conversation perpetuates the problem. Why are we talking about how women look? Why do we value beauty over contribution? We don't seem to value beauty over contribution for men. It's simply not a conversation."

Zellweger's comments would make Bridget Jones proud.