Jessica Simpson On America's 'Disgusting' Weight Obsession and Being Called Fat

02/16/2010 at 11:44 AM ET

Norman Jean Roy for Allure

Let there be no mistake: Jessica Simpson is not fat. Following the controversy and ridicule that plagued the starlet after an unflattering picture of her performing in high waist jeans was widely circulated last year, Simpson—who looks absolutely gorgeous (and decidedly svelte) as Allure’s new cover girl—turns on the sarcasm and quips, “When I walk through an airport and people go, ‘You’re not fat!’ I’m like, ‘Thanks. Thanks. That’s great. Good to know I’m not fat today. Thank you!’” On a more serious note, she adds, “I would not wish on my worst enemy what I went through,” of the abuse she faced from the media in the aftermath of that photo. Filming her new VH1 reality show, Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty, was enlightening: “When I think of America, it’s very diverse, but we do have the cookie-cutter way we’re supposed to look, and going to all these countries, it’s so completely different. I was fascinated going on that journey to discover that, even just for myself.” Spending time in Asia was particularly eye-opening: “In a lot of Asian cultures, the whiter you are, the more beautiful you are—and what I’m so used to is ‘The tanner you are, the thinner you look, the skinnier you feel.’” The 29 year-old, who declares, “I think I have great legs,” is growing more confident over time, and calls America’s obsession with weight “disgusting.” The Texan says, “My job is to be creative. And I’m not weighing in for anybody.” For a closer look at Jessica’s style, and to go behind-the-scenes on her cover shoot, visit – Emily Hsieh

Norman Jean Roy for Allure

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Marilyn on

Its not the fans or the public that puts pressure on stars to be thin, its other stars, models, magazines, tv shows, department stores, our next door neighbors. In other words EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE is making us feel that if you’re fat, you’re worthless.

janna on

“Jordin Sparks is beautiful and larger than most pop stars in Hollywood…but no one makes fun of her,” Laura said.

That’s because Jordin Sparks is talented and doesn’t have to resort to baring practically all or making “suggestive” videos to sell herself. Face it, Jessica relied heavily on her double-D’s to promote her music/self, then we’re supposed to feel sorry for her when she gains weight. Boo-hoo.

Laura on

I think she looks great! I want to know why we dont pressure men with the same standards as we do women. Very few men (even in Hollywood) feel the same pressure to get into shape that the rest of us feel. Jessica you rock

Head Diva In Charge on

She is 100% right, Jessica Simpson is NOT fat. I saw her in Vegas a few years ago, and she is a TINY person. I can see how 15 lbs. would make a difference on her. Trust me – I would take her “fat” any day!

Shannon on

Let’s all be honest here. Jessica Simpson had no problem showing off her body when she was training for the Dukes of Hazzard movie. She flaunted around like none other. And now she’s heavier and she’s upset that people comment on her weight. She had no problem with anyone commenting on her weight when she was 110 lbs and wearing short shorts. I’m sure she lived to see herself on the magazine covers then. So what does she expect? Honestly being a star means people are going to critique your every move so of course people are going to talk when you get fat. Its part of being a celebrity. Bad publicity is better than no publicity.

Dana on

Wasn’t it just a few years ago when Jessica was flaunting her svelte body she’d acquired for The Dukes of Hazzard? You can’t over expose yourself that way, lose that extreme level of fitness, then make bad fashion choices, and not expect to be criticized. It’s Hollywood and it certainly doesn’t help that she has an emaciated sister who looks like she could use a pork chop. Jessica is definitely not fat, but anyone of normal weight in Hollyweird is going to look fat when they are hanging around with the living skeletons America has come to idolize….

Jeanine on

I think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world…at any size….and I think she has a great heart….and that is what matters….and yes there is still that obssession with weight and it is getting very old!

Monica on

Oh Jessica! Give me a break! You are the one who put yourself on crazy yo yo dieting because you wanted to feel perfect. Don’t change your mind cause you’re suddenly on the opposite side of the spectrum. I didn’t hear these cries coming from her when she was on the Dukes of Hazzard.

Robin on

I saw Jessica with Rascal Flatts just a week before the high waisted jeans picture came out and she was branded as “fat”. I was standing not 10 feet away from her and although I don’t care for her “country” singing I have to say she is so TINY & beautiful. The outfit was all wrong for her. She sometimes just makes poor fashion choices. Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear should help her out.

Monica on

I am also laughing at all of these she is a wonderful person with a great heart comments. No she isn’t. Jessica Simpson is rude to her fans. Meet her IRL and you will be changing your tune.

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