Smiling Ashley Judd Shows Off Puffy Face On Red Carpet

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Apr. 11 2012, Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk

Ashley Judd stepped out with a broad smile showing off her puffy face just days after explaining her shockingly altered appearance was not from plastic surgery gone awry but from steroids, and RadarOnline.com has the photos of her glowing look.

The 43-year-old actress walked the red carpet at the premiere of her new television show Missing in Beverly Hills Tuesday night in a pretty flowered dress and high heeled sandals with her hair in a short bob.

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Judd defended her swollen face, saying “When I am sick for more than a month and on medication (multiple rounds of steroids), the accusation is that because my face looks puffy, I have 'clearly had work done,' with otherwise credible reporters with great bravo 'identifying' precisely the procedures I allegedly have had done,” Judd wrote in a post on The Daily Beast.

Judd said that she was infuriated that it was assumed that she had work done and said she has almost perfect skin.

“When my skin is nearly flawless, and at age 43, I do not yet have visible wrinkles that can be seen on television, I have had 'work done,' with media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who 'conclude' what procedures I have 'clearly' had. (Notice that this is a 'back-handed compliment,' too—I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!)” She wrote.

Ashley’s husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, was by her side on the red carpet and at the event, showing a united front in the face of the controversy. She said in her article that she gained weight from not exercising, but that her marriage was still strong.

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“When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a 'cow' and a 'pig' and I 'better watch out' because my husband 'is looking for his second wife.' (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? How it also suggests that my husband values me based only on my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as 'fat.')”

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