Actress Renee Zellweger has stepped out looking like a completely different person. What happened?

Renee Zellweger has been known to change her look over and over, usually for film roles. She’s had to pile on pounds as Bridget Jones, then work hard to lose the weight straight afterwards.

‘It’s not very pleasant to read reports which say you’ve gone too far or this or that,’ Renee once said, referring to media reports on her fluctuating weight.

But this time, Renee‘s change in appearance is so dramatic that she’s barely recognisable.

The 45-year-old attended ELLE’s 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday, at the Four Seasons Hotel in California. She wore a fitted black dress with her blonde hair swept to one side and very minimal make-up.

Casting an eye back to Renee‘s previous looks, the actress is now sporting a much slimmer face with more structured cheekbones and a darker skin tone than her usual English rose complexion. Her hair is more honey-coloured than usual and her frame more slender.

We have to say she looks like a completely different person – but in a good way?

Not everyone seems to be celebrating the new Renee, after the transformation has sparked rumours of surgical enhancement.

We spoke to Mark Norfolk, clinical director at Transform Cosmetic Surgery, for a professional opinion on Renee’s changing face: ‘Looking at the pictures, it’s hard to believe that it’s the same person. In my opinion, Renee has had a dramatic transformation since the earlier image was taken and in my opinion, it’s not a good look for her.

‘The first thing that strikes me is that her face shape has changed – her face now looks much thinner and longer. This may be due to having liposuction on her jawline combined with a possible browlift to create a more elongated face shape.

‘It looks as though she’s had an upper eyelift (blepharoplasty), which has opened up her eyes more.’

Like some fans of the actress, Mark Norfolk is not so sure that Renee’s drastic change was successful: ‘The combination of these possible surgical procedures is too much for Renee – she was a natural beauty and maybe should have worked on subtly enhancing her features with less invasive treatments.’

But is weight loss to blame for her face change?

Last year, Renee admitted to being somewhat of a gym bunny. ‘I have a lifestyle that involves keeping my sanity by going to the gym,’ she said.

Renee has not yet spoken about the secret behind her new look. Hmmm, we think we liked the old Bridget.

For more information on Mark Norfolk, visit www.transforminglives.co.uk

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