Is the Jessica Simpson fat hype over the top?

jesssimpson_splash-newsDr. Robyn Silverman

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.

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9 Responses

  1. She looks just fine. To quote the late Mr. Carlin…
    “I’m tired of this shit being presented [by the media] in the context of real news. Prurient gossip…is not real news. It’s emotional pandering.”

  2. The Beautiful Women Project ( commented on this same topic earlier this week. Instead of asking the question, “…Since when did a woman’s weight become newsworthy?” we should all be asking the question, “Why is a woman’s weight newsworthy?” A woman’s body is a reflection of her life’s journey. If we look at the images most recently printed of her – focus on the light and happiness in her eyes and the smile on her face…That is true beauty shining through a woman.

  3. Just wanted to say that she looks gorgeous the way she is right now. Healthy and feminine. I hope she won’t let this media hype get her down. This is ridiculous. She should be in the news about her vocal qualities, not about the number of her weight.

    On this topic, I’ve read this morning that she is getting a lot of support, not only from her sister, but also other celebrities like Rose McGowan, Nicky Hilton, Heidi Klum and many more.

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  5. it’s gotta be nice for her to relax from what’s probably a ridiculously strict diet

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  8. I dont care what they say, I think she looks down right sexy with those few added curves shes got now

  9. Um… as I recall, she got rich by productizing herself. That’s the cost of celebrity – nobody I know gets paid for just waking up in the morning and looking pretty, so if her image is her income, she’d better stay fit and trim or avoid cameras. It’s like Pepsi picking a new ugly bottle for their product – sure they can tell you all day “what really matters is that there’s pepsi inside” but consumers make decisions based on packaging, so Pepsi knows not to wreck a good thing by changing the package.

    Bottom line – she along with throngs of others in hollywood made astounding amounts of money for being extremely attractive with mediocre talent. When she retires she can get fat.

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