Last month Kim Novak (Vertigo) presented an award at the Oscars and it was hard not to notice that something looked …off. Novak grew up in an industry that considered her worthless if she wasn’t young and fresh and bursting with perfection. As Amanda Hess wrote in her truly fantastic follow-up to Novak’s appearance at the Oscars,
When Novak entered the industry in the 1950s, studio executives made her cap her teeth, bleach her hair, shrink her body with a strict diet and exercise regime, and perpetually paint her face with the help of a personal makeup artist. I wonder where she got the idea that she mattered for her looks?
Will they have time to edit Kim Novak into the In Memoriam section?— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 3, 2014
Those are just two of what were probably thousands of comments aimed at Novak, who may be a public figure, but is still a human being who is able to read those words. They caught her off guard. In an interview this week she said,
It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard… For days, I didn’t leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers.
But now she’s moved past the hurt with an open letter to those that mocked her.
Kim Novak: 1, Internet: 0
(Just kidding, Internet: a million. It’s a terrible, soul-crushing place and will destroy us in the end. But good for Novak for standing up to the bad people.)