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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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Mr Rogers on

In 1960 the average man in the USA was 164 lbs, now he is 195 lbs.

Your average woman and man is 20 to 30 lbs overweight in America. And most of that is not muscle, sadly it is fat.

Hope on

I personally love her and she was beautiful and she is in & out :)

Hope on

We love you Jessica Simpson and u r beautiful and will be beautiful in and out so we support you

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[...] with her weight at all. No siree. Nope. She’s fine with how she looks. Nothing to see here. People reports: “I would not wish on my worst enemy what I went through,” of the abuse she faced from [...]

Mary on

Interesting. Did you notice her view changed AFTER she got chunky? Prior to that, well..

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elle on

Jessica… what gave you fame? Your LOOKS.

So if you get fat? Yes. That will be ‘news’.

Get over it. If you hate this stuff, get out of the lime light.

If I feel sorry for anyone, it’s all us women who grapple with weight dysmporphic issues due to seeing women who look like this all over the place.

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[...] I’m tired of hearing about her in the headlines, Jessica Simpson also brought this up. She got slammed last year when she wore high-waisted “mom jeans” [...]

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[...] different. I was fascinated going on that journey to discover that, even just for myself.” —Jessica Simpson, 2010, about filming for her VH1 reality show, The Price of [...]

John Roberts on

I need some help!

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