Dear Jennifer Love Hewitt, You Don't Owe Anyone An Apology

The actress recently told fans she was sorry for her appearance at an industry event, but we're sad she felt it necessary.

Dear Jennifer Love Hewitt: You Don't Owe Anyone An Apology
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Jennifer Love Hewitt recently joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's show 9-1-1 and to celebrate her return to TV, the actress appeared at Monday night's Fox Upfront event. For the occasion, she wore a sleek black power suit, minimal makeup, and soft long waves. She looked top notch. However, when she saw press photos from the red carpet, Hewitt wasn't happy with her appearance. She went on to share a series of earnest Instastories apologizing for the way she looked.

"It has been a really intense couple of days. Like, so great, so blessed — but intense," she said. "We go to the Upfront yesterday and nobody tells me the day is going to be like 12 hours long and the humidity is going to be almost 100 percent in New York City. So, I just have to apologize. Wearing a black suit? Not a good idea. Not wearing enough hairspray and teasing my hair? Also a bad idea."

Dear Jennifer Love Hewitt: You Don't Owe Anyone An Apology
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Hewitt continued, "I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out. I was literally melting. By the time I got to the red carpet, I was honestly melting. My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look [perfect] when you step on the red carpet."

It's disheartening to see these thoughts come from Hewitt — she has nothing to apologize for. The star's fans are enthusiastically celebrating her return to TV, and on a Murphy show (!) no less. That's what we care about. The fact that she felt she had to apologize is sad, and all too telling of the entertainment industry.

Let's unpack one statement she made in particular:

"I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look [perfect] when you step on the red carpet."

Right now, the world is all about including more diverse shapes, colors, and sizes in media, but it seems Hollywood hasn't gotten the memo. Hello, we want to see all kinds of humans on our screens! Whether Hewitt got an email from Hollywood overlords demanding that she "look perfect" or her reaction is the product of an internalized mantra from years of working in the industry, isn't it time that Hollywood get on board? Society may be changing slow as a turtle, but it's changing nonetheless. CVS, for example, is no longer photoshopping images in its beauty aisle, and neither are brands like Lane Bryant.

The point we're making here is that, we the people don't want "perfect." Hewitt wasn't "wrecked" in these pics. It's actually refreshing to catch an actress with her middle finger in the air as an "F-U" to beauty standards. 

One day we'll reach a point when the images on our screens reflect the diversity of women we see IRL, but until then, no more apologies for wearing less makeup than might be expected for a red carpet.

Jennifer Love Hewitt, you slayed the Fox Upfront. We're very much looking forward to your 9-1-1 debut.

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