[there is a noticeable change to her appearance]
The rumors were she had "work" done that went horrible wrong. When that was theory turned out to be untrue, the coverage immediately turned to a discussion of her weight. While most celebrities either ride out the storm or have a publicist release a statement, she responded directly by writing an eloquent and thought-provoking editorial.
'Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate? If not in the conversation about me, in parallel ones about women in your sphere?"
Truly, why do we care that Ashely Judd's face is a little puffier than it used to be? I love that she challenges all of us to reflect on the fact that it is seemingly o.k. to discuss a women's body [or a change in her appearance]. Don't we all have bigger things to worry about?
Read the entirety of her response at The Daily Beast. I warn you...she uses really big words!