The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ actress – who has breast cancer – has reflected on Hollywood’s beauty standards. She can relate to few women on screen because she believes too many actresses have gone under the knife to alter their appearance.
“Watching movies tonight and noticed there were few female characters I could relate to. You know, women without fillers, without Botox, without a facelift. Women who embraced their face and all the experience it showed. I have lived. I love that I’ve lived and that my face reflects my life. I survived a lot, yes, cancer but more than that. I embrace me now. Finally,” she wrote on Instagram.
The 50-year-old actress is “done” with unrealistic expectations and called for more natural-looking women on TV and in movies. “Done with the perception magazines and Hollywood try to make us in to. I want to see women like me. Women like us,” she added.
Meanwhile, Shannen recently insisted she is feeling “strong and healthy” despite revealing that her cancer had returned last year.
“I love it when people say, ‘We’re praying for you,’ and everything else, but there comes a point when you’re like, ‘I got this. I’m fine. I’m good’. There are many people in the world who could use prayers, and I’m feeling great. I’m doing okay. I’m doing better than okay. I’m doing well. I feel strong and healthy and confident and happy.”
Shannen and her husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, organised a dinner to reveal the news of her diagnosis to her close friends.
The star also invited her oncologist to the meeting to “squash any doubts that people had”. Shannen - who has been married to Kurt since 2011 – explained in a conversation with her pal Sarah Michelle Gellar, “I’m the type of person, I’d just call you and be like, ‘Listen, I got stage 4. It’s back, and I’ll be okay.’ But I knew that particularly someone like you would have more questions.
“So, for me to have Dr Piro, my oncologist, be there so that he could answer the questions in a very matter-of-fact way, he was able to sort of squash any doubts that people had or to say, ‘Hey, don’t Google, because when you do that you’re going to get some crazy, like, this short of period to live,’ and that’s just really not the case.”