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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Mecala on

Jess, you have always looked gorgeous no matter what size you are and no matter what people say about you!
It is sad that the people doing the criticizing are most likely the ones who need the most help with how they look!

Jon on

I totally agree with Jessica!

jane on

I don’t think Jessica is the one editing the photos for the magazine? Most, if not all photographers/magazines use photoshop to enhance the photos, especially the cover. Everyone should know what she looks like natural since the peeps steal pictures of her almost daily.

Jack on

Yeah, Jess, most FAT people feel the way you do. Go figure.

You and Kevin Smith just need to stop being lazy cry babies and just lose the weight.

Asha on

Jessica Simpson similr body type to Kim Kardashian? I don’t think so…ever looked at Kim’s behind? It is HUGE! All of the Kardashian girls have big backsides.

Carol on

You are totally pathetic to have to keep bringing up your weight to keep in the spotlight you no talented annoying twit! Get over yourself already! Your lack of singing talent (in my opinion) has been completely overshadowed by such BS as your sex life with John Mayer, your boob size from your Dad, your divorce from Nick, your unflattering mom jeans, etc…Who really cares!! Either do something credible or just go away please!

Oh please on

This is just too funny. This blonde, white women walking around talking about “The Price of Beauty.” She has gotten where she is today on her looks alone. She is not talented at all. Jessica Simpson is used to being told how beautiful and perfect she is because she is the cookie-cutter white girl with big boobs that Hollywood keeps beating everyone over the head with. The only way she stays relevant is selling her looks and now that she has come under a small amount of criticism EVERYONE should change their views. I didn’t hear any complaints when she is jiggling her boobs around in videos and magazines. Please read a book Ms. Simpson.

Britini on

Jessica is right..America IS obsessed with looks! Especailly these days with blogs and google serach, anyone and everyone gets criticized for how they look. If we got rid of blogs, gossip magazines and commenting on websites(even though I’m doing it right now..), I think the pressure would be a lighten.

MB on

Dana: It’s Hollywood and it certainly doesn’t help that she has an emaciated sister who looks like she could use a pork chop.

“She could use a pork chop: That seriously, was about the funniest thing I have heard today! HAHA!

DaChopssss on

Oh and I totally forgot about her as Daisy Dukes…boy she didn’t have a problem with America’s weight obsession then. GOOD POINT GUYS!

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