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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DaChopssss on

And instead of coming out and saying she gained a few pounds, get over it…she blames her stylist and an unflattering camera angle.

Becky on

We’re all “beautiful” if we just take care of ourselves and love ourselves. Jessica Simpson is just a person who has a lot of help with makeup artists and a personal hair stylist, and she’s going to say anything to bring attention to her new upcoming show. I prefer to admire real heroes, like those serving our country.

K on

Jessica cashes in on her sexuality and appearance all the time. As a result, the media (and society at large by extension), watch her and note the changes in her body. No doubt, when Jessica is thinner, she exploits that. She fights so hard against her natural, curvier figure, that we see the ups and downs of her battle. If she would accept herself, then we would accept her (sure not everyone, but there is never an “everyone” on the same page). Not that it is right, but the reaction is a bit dramatic. This is an old topic. I remember in the 90’s when this happened to Alicia Silverstone. And Jennifer Love Hewitt before Jess, and countless others. The topic is old, we should be talking about this in a new way. For starters- why are these girls fighting their natural shape?

Mel on

As a Canadian who regularly observes American press-related articles about some famous person being either too fat or too thin, I find it ironic indeed. Most Americans are more than just a few pounds overweight. To see someone beautiful like Jessica Simpson being ripped apart over one picture is just absurd and obscene. I’d love to be “fat” like Jessica!

tahoegeminii on

Her job is to be creative? The people who handle her and do her choreography and write and produce her songs are paid to be creative-she is paid to be the on stage performer and part of that-a huge part is TO LOOK GOOD-otherwise a more talented singer/songwriter that did not look as perfect might be in the spotlight instead of just another blonde bimbo paid to do a video strip for the song to promote it- the only reason she ever got a singing career was because of her looks-Jessica is in fact just another brick in the wall of “perfect blondes” promoting the cookie cutter image she is sooo upset about-she is 29 and acting like a complete cry baby about this-I see everyone until this point has just bowed down in front of her and told her how beautiful she is-just wait until she hits 35-Jessica is obviously not “faking it” when it comes to her IQ-she still doesn’t seem to realize that all of her celebrity is from her looks-all her appearances are for her looks and when those start to go or she shows up in a wardrobe that isn’t flattering that is all people are going to talk about-IF they talk about her at all-we certainly can’t talk about any talent that she has because I still don’t see any-she can’t act-she barely sings-what does she DO besides look good? someone tell me

mrose31 on

The world is filled with average-looking people. When I’m driving I look at folks in the cars around me. Most are plain or simple. A few are really attractive and once in a while, beautiful or handsome. I have never seen her in person, but Jessica Simpson photographs well. She has a lovely singing voice and always looks put together. Part of the EXPECTATION of her profession is to maintain a certain level of physical appeal. Like it or not, celebrities and entertainers, and others in the public eye are vulnerable to scrutiny. She is certainly not fat…a phrase I personally associate more with sloppiness and lack of care in appearance than size or weight.

Mary on

Jessica’s assessment of Asian cultures and their obsession with skin color is true–the lighter your skin, the more attractive you are perceived. That is why so many Asia-born/raised Asians tend to be a bit racist against blacks and other people with dark skin. Many women (and increasingly, men) there spend a lot of money on skin lightening creams. In addition, they are extra careful to not expose their skin to the sun.

Tina on

Jessica didn’t worry about weight obsessions when she lost weight for Dukes and ran around telling everyone how hot it made her feel.

liz on

she allowed her weight to be an issue. bikini, dancing on cars, daisy dukes anyone! you can’t have it both ways! Use your body for fame and that’s what happens

Kathy B. on

Thank You Jessica for making this new show! I will be watching for sure. Bless you!!

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