I can kind of identify because I do not look the same as I did in 2001 either. My weight, my hair, my eyebrows (I admit, they verged on kind of spermy in 2001 - WE ALL DID IT) have all changed since that year. Of course no one is complaining that Zellweger has aged a little. They are complaining that she might have had unsubtle surgery. If you can be unsure of such a thing.
Papers put up compare and contrast style thought pieces about Zellweger's face. The Telegraph fretted, asking "What has happened to her face?" As though it had gone missing. Rather like the Telegraph's conscience.
the message we continue to send to our famous women... is: DON'T EVER CHANGE.
It was in fact the Daily Mail (I read it as a public service so you don't have to) who provided kinder coverage - once they got over the shock - of the highly accomplished actress, pointing out that look! Other stars have faces that have changed too, due to a mix of ageing and suspect surgery. They also demonstrated through the magic of Photoshop that if you add (or imagine) eyebrows to Renee's face she looks more familiar. PHEW.
The thing is...from the fun she appears to be having in the photos from the Elle Awards, Renee doesn't care what you think of her face. However the message we continue to send to our famous women, whether defending or criticising the surgery they do or don't have is: DON'T EVER CHANGE. Simple.