The Hollywood star Shannen Doherty took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal why she’s “done” with Hollywood’s obsession with Botox at 50 years of age.
“Watching movies tonight and noticed there were few female characters I could relate to,” Doherty wrote alongside an unfiltered selfie of herself. “You know, women without fillers, without Botox, without a facelift. Women who embraced their face and all the experience it showed.”
“I have lived,” she added. “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. Done with the perception magazines and Hollywood try to make us in to. I want to see women like me. Women like us.”
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Doherty previously told People Magazine that she was forced to reevaluate her relationship with her body after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
“What [people] don’t realize is that your body has been through something so incredibly difficult that your body never fully bounces back,” the former “Charmed” star said in August of 2019.
“I’m trying to figure out how to accept who I am now,” she added at the time. “I’m never going to be the size I used to be. Some of my meds that I’m on keep zapping the collagen out of me, so I’m never going to have a wrinkle-free face. I’m critical of myself. But there are some things you can’t fight.”
Doherty eventually learned to be kind to herself and to accept the things that she can’t change.
“I’m trying to be kinder to myself,” she explained. “And I try to live each day as an amazing, precious gift that I’ve been given.”
Doherty announced in February of 2020 that her cancer had returned, and that it was now stage 4. She revealed this to the world after reuniting with her former “Beverly Hills 90210” cast-mates for the meta reboot “BH90210” just after the death of their costar Luke Perry in March of 2019.
“One of the reasons, along with Luke, that I did 90210 and didn’t really tell anybody [was] because I thought, people can look at that [as] people with stage 4 can work too,” she said at the time. “Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”