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Celebrity Spot-Lite: Jessica Simpson

March 27, 2012

J.Simps and...heels. And babies. Heels and future babies=great combination

Jessica Simpson…I can’t even remember what this woman is famous for. I know she was a “singer” at one point…then she had continued absurdities on her Newlyweds reality show with Nick Lachey…then…? I know she started her own clothing line, and oh! “The Price of Beauty“! How could I forget that mess, that trainwreck that purportedly released women from the cultural pressures of “lookin’ good” by exposing techniques from all over the world?

And now, pregnancy. And with that, endless talk about weight. J.Simps has been publicly scrutinized continuously for years and years about her weight fluctuations, even going so far as to say that it was good for her branding image to not be super-skinny?

On how her altered figure has affected her brand: “I got so much scrutiny for putting on extra pounds, but I think that the decision not to make myself anorexic was actually great for branding. Because when you’re really, really skinny, not everybody can relate to you.”

On how her fans reacted to her weight gain: “All kinds of women started coming up to me and saying what an example I was setting by not constantly dieting.”

Huh. This is interesting to me for many reasons: J.Simps thinks you can “make a decision” to not make yourself anorexic…and that that decision is only good for branding or perceived public relatability? This is also a woman who publicly “reveals” her size and weight on a regular basis–and almost always misrepresents herself or is misrepresented– including now (seen most recently in the above picture)…as 170 pounds. Seriously?

“I’m like 170 pounds and I wanted to pose nude. It’s funny to be at your heaviest and feel the most confident. I just take such pride in being a mom! I just love my body more than ever now.”

Um. I hate to call you on this, Jess, but really? 170 pounds? I’m finding that hard to believe…and also, if you love your body SO MUCH then why are you already in negotiations with Weight Watchers to become their public spokesperson post-baby?
What’s The Price of Beauty? About $3 million if you’re Jessica Simpson. That’s how much the expectant mother is reportedly earning to in a deal with Weight Watchers. It seems Simpson will head directly from the delivery room to the treadmill this spring. All credit to Simpson for taking back control of her body, but couldn’t she have at least let the afterbirth dry? What message does this sprint back to her pre-baby body send to other new moms?…
In the case of Hudson and Carey, those singers waited until after they had already given birth to their children to get on the baby weight-bashing train. Do you think Simpson’s premature announcement sends a bad signal? And does her eagerness to slim down validate the criticism that’s been lobbed against her?
Hmmm. On the one hand, I admire her for wanting to lose a large amount of weight that she’s put on during her pregnancy. But, on the other hand, this is all feeding further into her image for public consumption, and not for her health. When you have someone time and time again exclaiming that they are shoveling foods like “slutty brownies” in large quantities (“Right now there’s this new thing that’s so heavenly.  They’re called slutty brownies. They are a layer of cookie dough, a layer of oreo cookies, and a layer of brownie dough, and then you bake it together. It’s amazing.”)…it’s hard to feel like this is anything but a stunt move, and not any sort of example set for a lifestyle. Typical Hollyweird. Typical.

Oh my.

(Images courtesy of Dlisted, my lord and saviour).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2012 10:09 am

    170 my ASS…she is 230+ and going up. FYI, post idea:
    Run with that ball!

  2. Sexy Curmudgeon permalink
    March 31, 2012 10:15 pm

    Jessica Simpson is 100% complicit in this messed up industry, but she is a celebrity, so I guess that makes it so much easier…and so much more lucrative. Although I’m sort of impressed she’s confident enough to display her body, in all its drastically different forms, for profit.

  3. April 2, 2012 9:13 pm

    Oh my god, J girl is huge. And I love it. She is like, full on pregnant and eating and giving brownie recipes on TV. Forget Weight Watchers, she would make SO MUCH MONEY if she became the new Paula Dean. If she just completely succumb to the urges she has been fighting all these years (to eat) and just made an amazing show about eating ridiculous food??? I WOULD WATCH THAT! I WOULD WATCH THAT WHILE EATING COOKIES!
    Also, that photo shoot was done when she was way earlier in her pregnancy, like three months ago. She is not having having a litter, that is pure happiness on her body right now and she should accept it! Screw singing again… you know that famous Jessica Simpson song…. about ….. tuna? yeah, no. She should have her babies and enjoy being three times her earlier size. All of the yo-you dieting cant be good for her either.

    ALSO- HangryHippo- I want you to make these, and review them for us! I know the blog is also about health, but part of eating healthy is also having the freedom to eat indulgent ridiculous things!! That might not be true, I dont know, I make up most of my facts. But I would enjoy reading your review ( with Pictures) of her Slutty Brownies. MAKE IT HAPPEN! YOUR FANS DEMAND IT! DEMAND IT FANS!!


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