LifestyleFrom icon to survivor: Brooke Shields confronts past assault in Hollywood

From icon to survivor: Brooke Shields confronts past assault in Hollywood

Brooke Shields made a splash at the big gala.
Brooke Shields made a splash at the big gala.
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8:39 AM EST, November 8, 2023

Brooke Shields catapulted to fame as a model and actress, becoming a defining figure in Hollywood. Recently, she addressed her traumatic experiences in the industry, revealing how she survived inappropriate sexualization and assault from a young age. Today, she continues to dazzle on the red carpet, prompting the question — has she significantly changed over the years?

During her teenage years, Shields held an influential place within the entertainment industry. She frequently graced the covers of prominent fashion magazines, and her Calvin Klein ad continues to evoke strong reactions even today. So, what's new with the actress, who is now 58 years old?

Brooke Shields: Ageless elegance on the red carpet

Proving that age is merely a number, Brooke Shields made an appearance on November 6 at the Only Make Believe gala, an event that aimed to collect funds for interactive theater programs.

Donned in a fitted, one-shouldered silver dress for the evening, the 58-year-old actress radiated splendor. The shimmering fabric of her gown underscored the evening's ambiance.

Shields' accessory selection was just as stunning, featuring silver stilettos and a clutch in the same tone. In true Hollywood style, she completed the look with classic waves and understated makeup.

Brooke Shields at the Only Make Believe gala
Brooke Shields at the Only Make Believe gala© East News | Gregory Pace/Shutterstock

A darker chapter: Brooke Shields' past ordeal

While Brooke Shields seemed to embody the dream of fame, her reality was far from it. Despite her flourishing career as a model and an actress, she shocked the public by revealing a dark secret in 2023.

In the documentary "Pretty Baby," Shields recounted a horrific experience she went through at just 20 years old.A man, who was supposedly assisting her in landing a job, violated her trust and raped her.

Shields made it clear that the inappropriate sexualization she endured in Hollywood and her assault had profoundly affected her. She had faced exploitation from an early age — for instance, appearing nude in the press as a 10-year-old, and portraying a child prostitute just a year later. However, nearly four decades later, she decided to unveil the truth, seeking to empower others who have experienced similar atrocities.

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