Kim Novak Schools Us All On How To Deal With Body Bullies


If you hadn’t heard much about Hollywood screen legend Kim Novak before the Oscars bullying fiasco, here’s a quick rundown: her real name is Marilyn Pauline Novak, she is 81, began her film career in 1954 at the age of 21, she is a two-time Golden Globe winner, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 but today lives cancer-free, she is famous for being in Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Vertigo, and worked during a time when a woman’s appearance was solely their selling point in the industry.

At the 2014 Academy Awards she was a presenter alongside Matthew McConaughey. After the show, the press and many well-known personalities had a field day picking apart her appearance and making fun of her excessive plastic surgery, without an iota of heart to even think about the era she lived through and what kind of pressures were put on her daily.

In solidarity of Kim Novak, author Laura Lippman posted a make-up free selfie on her Facebook account using the hashtag #itsokkimnovak and wrote this:

“I looked at her photo and thought, ‘Well, damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ … all I could think was, God love you, Kim Novak. We criticize women for aging. We criticize women for not aging. We criticize women’s bodies. We criticize women for bad plastic surgery,”she said.

She went on to say “we need to stop lying about how people age. We need to own our botox, our fillers, our nose jobs, our liposuction.”

It’s horrible that celebrities such as Donald Trump had the balls to tweet about Kim Novak needing to “fire her plastic surgeon” and lead a back of internet bullies on the same path. Shame on him.


But now, the actress herself is speaking up and wrote an open letter on her Facebook page about the whole incident, showing that she will not allow bullies to get the better of her, or anyone else going through the same type of ordeal:

It’s time to address the elephant in the room…the Oscars. I was very excited when I was asked to be a presenter on the show. I was excited, yet nervous.

Years ago, I walked away from Hollywood partially because I didn’t stand up to the bullies. I caved in to the pressure instead of fighting for what I felt was right…and I didn’t have the courage to prove myself to my peers through my work.

After my appearance on the Oscars this year, I read all the jabs. I know what Donald Trump and others said, and I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face-lift. It was done in 2012 for the TCM interview special. In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.

When I was honored at the Cannes Film Festival last year, I received an overwhelming standing ovation. Yet, in Hollywood, after the Oscars, I was bullied by the press and the public on the Internet and TV.

However, I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can’t let people get away with affecting our lives. We need to stand up to them in a healthy way by speaking out, working out and acting out. I am speaking out now because I don’t want to harbor unhealthy feelings inside me anymore.

One of the reasons I enjoy exercising and painting so much is that I can let out my frustrations and reactions to what’s happening in the world around me by working it out in a healthy way. It helps me, and doesn’t hurt anything or anybody. People need to get these things out of their systems and stand up to bullying. I believe there would be less suffering and violence, too!

Dear Kim, on behalf of all the horrible things that were said to you out of selfishness, we are sorry. We are sorry you had to endure a public humiliation such that it made you feel even worse about all the things you have been through in your career. We sincerely hope your words serve as some sort of inspiration to anyone who feels the same as you.

We hope Donald and members of the press will do better next time. Making fun of a woman’s appearance and her choice to have plastic surgery is never OK. How someone can justify that as a job and sleep at night is beyond us!

Here’s to more brave men and women standing in the gap and standing against bullying. Why is this still even an issue today? We all have to take responsibility for our own actions and words. If everyone made sure to treat others with kindness, perhaps we could start a new trend. One that doesn’t rely on trashy, gossipy, negative headlines. Now there’s a thought!





  1. cheryldelp says:

    Kim is fantastic! Donald T. should not and does not have any right to say anything about how Kim looks! She could have stooped to his level and asked why, with all the money he has, can’t he find a decent barber!!! Who died and gave him the right to judge? The jerk!

  2. Kim Novak is a beautiful woman who was gorgeous and funny on film and also a terrific serious actress who should be appreciated for all her fine work and not bullied for being 81 and trying to be the best she can be for her fans and Hollywood. I really enjoyed seeing her after so many years away from Hollywood. Shame on you Donald Trump let’s see what you look like in a few years when you are 81……

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