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 allure.com. – Emily Hsieh

Norman Jean Roy for Allure

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Jen on

Is it America’s obsession, or Hollywood’s obsession? Most of America is overweight, so I doubt they’re judging quite as harshly as Tinseltown. Jessica chose the industry she’s in & knew the expectations that went along with it, so I don’t feel sorry for her.

Maria on

I think Jessica Simpson is so beautiful, she truly represents sexy, she has almost the same body as Kim Kardashian.

Julie on

Wow, where are you living that you don’t feel the obsession with weight? Just because people are overweight doesn’t mean there’s not pressure to be thin; in fact, some people overeat BECAUSE of the anxiety and stress they feel on a daily basis. Extreme thinness AND obesity are symptoms of our current food culture, lifestyle, and, yes, OUR OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT.

Leslie on

Yes celebrities do choose their profession but it is the public who decides what we will tolerate in a celebrity and what we won’t. If we were to say we are fine with and we think NORMAL women were beautiful on TV and film and we will support only that, then directors and the like would then start requesting that look. Consumers steer the boat by what they voice, what they watch, buy, etc.
We should influence Hollywood and that’s the way it should be, not the other way around.

Karen B. on

I totally disagree, Jen. She didn’t choose to go into modeling. She chose to go into music. And she shouldn’t have to be under a microscope about her pant size to do it.

As for whether it’s hollywood or the public – it’s both. An unflattering picture was put up – and people flocked to it and blogged about it non-stop. Hollywood and the media do what they do because it sells. And we’re the ones buying.

Lisa on

I’m a big admirer of Jessica. She’s done alot, and been through alot. She’s honest and doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what she is; beautiful, smart, strong, talented, and brave. She was raised with an honest, christian background that will see her through many more challenges in her life.

Best of luck, Jessica!!

drewbie on

i think any woman worries about her weight

Laura on

Jessica is put under a microscope because she’s easy to pick on. She is who she is and doesn’t apologize for it. Jordin Sparks is beautiful and larger than most pop stars in Hollywood…but no one makes fun of her.

I for one am proud of her for being who she is. Thank you Jessica for remaining true to yourself and being beautiful inside and out.

afrob on

She’s gorgeous. Simply stunning.

VanM on

JS is picked on because she herself puts herself in the position to be picked on…for example, the pictures of her in this mag are photoshopped I believe that if you really are true to yourself and don’t care then you should be presented in your natural state of beauty, why change your thighs and structure of your face this only says that you aren’t as secure as you would like everyone to beleive…

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