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Ashley Judd Steps Out Amidst “Puffy Face” Criticism

Posted Wednesday April 11, 2012 12:59 PM GMT

Stepping out for promotional duties, Ashley Judd took over the spotlight at a screening of ABC's 'Missing' in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday night (April 10).

Held at The Paley Center for Media, the 43-year-old actress joined alongside executive producers Gregory Poirier, Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo, as well as race car driver hubby Dario Franchitti, at the swanky Tinseltown fete.

The appearance comes just as Miss Judd started getting criticized for having a puffy face last month, a situation in which she wasn’t quite sure how to handle.

The “Missing” actress’ rep quashed the rumors that Judd had undergone plastic surgery, and explained that Ashley was on medication for a serious sinus infection.

And this week, Ms. Judd took to the Daily Beast to share her feelings on the whole ordeal, voicing her disappointment and frustration.

She wrote, "The conversation [about my face] was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day."

Ashley also noted that the conversation is “really about the assault on women’s body image… [and perpetuates] this abnormal obsession with women's faces and bodies. . . [We] have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly."

Enjoy the pictures of Ashley Judd at the screening of ABC's "Missing" (April 10).

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