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Jane Fonda says she is not going to have more plastic surgery: 'I'm not going to cut myself up anymore'

82-year-old says 'I have to work every day to be self-accepting, it doesn't come easy to me'  

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Friday 14 February 2020 17:25 GMT
Jane Fonda says she isn't going to have any more plastic surgery (Getty)
Jane Fonda says she isn't going to have any more plastic surgery (Getty)

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Jane Fonda has opened up about her struggles with self-acceptance and her decision to stop having plastic surgery.

In an interview with Elle Canada, the Grace and Frankie star said: “I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery - I’m not going to cut myself up anymore.

“I have to work every day to be self-accepting; it doesn’t come easy to me,” she added.

But, according to Fonda, who referenced her past battle with bulimia, which she didn’t get under control until she was in her 40s, she is striving to be more honest and transparent about her insecurities - especially on social media.

“I try to make it very clear that it has been a long and continuing struggle for me,” she said of her social media usage. “I post pictures of me looking haggard - and once with my tooth out!

“This is a fake tooth,” she revealed about one of her incisors. “It came out in a restaurant in Portugal, and I posted it.”

The actress, who has recently dedicated her time to climate activism, also discussed the journey she’s undergone to get to where she is now.

“Showing up is something you have to learn - although there are certain emotional disabilities you pick up when you are young that you can’t entirely undo,” she said. “I have psychic scars that I will never be able to give up. You learn to manage them. You learn to banish them to the corner and put a dunce cap on them and forbid them to come out.”

According to the 82-year-old, some of her insecurities were the result of the period she grew up in - a time when “the thinking was that women were like cats, competing with each other, knocking each other down”.

Fonda, who debuted a new silver, pixie-cut hairstyle during the Oscars, has since realised that “there is no limit to what we can accomplish if we work together”.

“What this time in human history calls for is collective action,” she explained. “And women are the most receptive to the idea of collective action.”

The actress’s comments come after she rebuked former NBC anchor Megyn Kelly for bringing up her past plastic surgery procedures during an interview in 2017.

After Kelly questioned why the actress has previously admitted she’s not proud of getting work done, Fonda said: “We really want to talk about that now?” before later calling the host’s question “inappropriate”.

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In the interview with Elle Canada, Fonda also touched on her dedication to political activism and fighting climate change through her Fire Drill Fridays protests, explaining that “nothing good ever happened without mass movement - and we need a mass movement now to focus on climate change”.

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