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A star is reborn! See Renee Zellweger's ever-changing beauty look

Can you believe she is 50?!

By Rebecca Sullivan
Renee Zellweger is the queen of reinvention.
Throughout her 30-year acting career, we've seen the iconic actress morph her body and her look for every character she plays.
We first met a baby-faced Zellweger in the cult classic film Empire Records, with her adorable 90s bangs and brown lipstick, and later fell in love with the wonderful Bridget Jones, a role for which the actress famously gained about 15kg.
And now we're about to see the 50-year-old reinvent herself again, making her TV series debut in the juicy new Netflix thriller, What/If, which explores "the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things."
We know very little about this mysterious show so far, but the teaser trailer (which you can scroll up to watch in the video player above) shows a stunningly svelte Zellweger rocking a beautiful blonde bob and a taute visage, striding seductively through a crowded room decked out in heels and a gorgeous gown.
All Netflix will say about What/If so far is that it explores a mysterious woman's lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.
"What if I made you an offer too extraordinary to refuse?" Zellweger's character Anne purrs in a seductive voiceover, hinting at the alluring offer.
In the one promotional image we've seen, Zellweger's gorgeous toned figure is poured into a slim white dress, her blonde locks blow-dried into a perfect bob and her incredible skin is glowing.
We cannot wait to see this juicy new TV thriller! *(Image: Netflix
Swipe across to see how much Renee Zellweger's face has changed, from the Oscars in February, compared to the early 2000s.
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When Zellweger stepped out on the red carpet at ELLE magazine's Women in Hollywood event in 2014, both social media and mainstream news outlets lit up with commentary about the then 47-year-old's VERY different look.
Her new face was so shocking to some, with respected US entertainment outlet Variety even publishing an op ed entitled, "Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?"
Renee Zellweger at the 2014 Elle Women In Hollywood event. (Image: Getty)
The internet blew up with commentary about how different her face looked. (Image: Getty)
The actress looked considerably different. (Image: Getty)
When asked about the commentary shortly after the internet commentary went into overdrive, Zellweger told People: "I'm glad folks think I look different."
"I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she added, referencing the six-year acting hiatus she took from, to focus more on her health and wellbeing.
"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself," she said.
"Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.
"People don't know me in my 40s," Zellweger added. "People don't know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."
WATCH BELOW: Renee Zellweger and Patrick Dempsey reveal their favourite scenes in Bridget Jones' Baby. Story continues after video.
Then in 2016, Zellweger penned a brutally honest open letter in The Huffington Post discussing the intense media speculation about her new look.
"Not that it's anyone's business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all," she wrote.
Swipe below to see Renee on the red carpet in 2016, compared to 1995.
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"It's no secret a woman's worth has historically been measured by her appearance," she continued.
"Although we have evolved to acknowledge the importance of female participation in determining the success of society, and take for granted that women are standard bearers in all realms of high profile position and influence, the double standard used to diminish our contributions remains, and is perpetuated by the negative conversation which enters our consciousness every day as snark entertainment.
"Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump?
"Ugly shoes, ugly feet, ugly smile, ugly hands, ugly dress, ugly laugh; headline material which emphasizes the implied variables meant to determine a person's worth, and serve as parameters around a very narrow suggested margin within which every one of us must exist in order to be considered socially acceptable and professionally valuable, and to avoid painful ridicule.
"The resulting message is problematic for younger generations and impressionable minds, and undoubtably triggers myriad subsequent issues regarding conformity, prejudice, equality, self acceptance, bullying and health."

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