Jessica Simpson has been spotted ***gasp*** looking heavier than her ultra-skinny Dukes of Hazzard daisy-duke wearing self. Shall we call out the calvary? The farm? Has everyone gone insane?
We just went through this whole thing with Jennifer Love Hewitt– didn’t we?
Media outlets are shouting it from the roof tops– like this one; “Jessica Simpson Shocks Fans With Noticeably Fuller Figure” (Fox News). They couch insults in their intro:
“Donning mom-jeans, a tight black tank top and a muffin-top-inducing leopard belt, the songstress’ appearance left the gossip-world abuzz.”
And they go on to ask a barrage of questions:
Is Jess preggers? Did she gain sympathy weight for sis Ashlee (who just had a baby with hubby Pete Wetnz)? Is it all a ploy to get her on the cover of a magazine? Or is it, more likely, that the star has been eating the same diet that her Dallas Cowboys quarterback boyfriend Tony Romo does?”
Of course, that’s just one of the many news outlets covering this “very important” development.
OK. These jeans don’t flatter the figure. But is this a reason for a media sensation?
Does a celebrity have a right to gain weight? Or must she retain the highly sexualized thin image that looks to unattainable in real life? And, if it’s the latter, how are we to explain to our girls why gaining weight gets so much negative attention in our society?
I can’t imagine walking around with cameras in my face (and on my rear) at all times looking to see if the paparazzi can capture my cellulite. Many believe that this is the life of a celebrity– and they asked for it. Perhaps being in the limelight means you must be ready for all sides– good and bad. I always get refocused on the girls who look to Jessica Simpson and other celebs (Miley Cyrus, the Lohan girls, PussyCat Dolls) for inspiration. What goes on in the minds of girls when they see all the fat bashing going on in the media– even when the celebs just look…normal? Yup. Body Image Gone Wild.
At least Little sister Ashlee is showing some sister solidarity…who is disgusted by media outlets and bloggers who are calling her sister “fat.” Writing on her MySpace blog, Ashlee said the comments were “embarrassing and belittling to all women”. Further: “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.”
Former trainer Harley Pasternak, author of The 5 Factor Diet, also got in on the discussion: “She has curves where a woman needs to have curves. We all go a little bit up and a little bit down. But she’s healthy…She’s still sexy. She’s still a beautiful woman. And I have no problem with the way she looks. I think if more people looked the way she looks now, the country would be a lot healthier.”
Of course, and Jessica has spoken on this topic herself:
“Curves are better. “I don’t get the whole rail thing. It’s not good for your heart, it’s not good for your mind; it’s emotionally destructive, it really is.” (Harpers Bazaar magazine)
Please chime in. We’re ready to hear your thoughts.