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Graham
26th January 2009, 16:50
Whenever Web forums discuss a celebrity's supposed weight gain (whether they applaud it or condemn it), they engage in complete hyperbole, and the star in question usually still looks stick-thin, and her supposedly newfound curves are non-existent.

However, the current buzz is about Jessica Simpson, and for once a celebrity actually does appear to have become more curvaceous and attractive. I still don't think she has a pretty face, but her figure is dramatically improved over her anorexic Daisy Duke days.

Predictably, the reports about this development have usually been marked by anti-plus bigotry, but a few write-ups have been positive. This is one of the better ones:

http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion/2009/01/26/2009-01-26_jessica_simpson_shows_off_new_curves_at_.html

Jessica Simpson shows off new curves at KISS Chili Cookoff
By KORIN MILLER
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Monday, January 26th 2009, 10:48 AM

She's gone country - and added a few curves in the process.

Pop star-turned-country singer Jessica Simpson debuted a fuller-than-usual figure onstage Sunday during a performance at the KISS Country Chili Cookoff in Pembroke Pines, Fla....

"Curves are better," Simpson told Harper's Bazaar in 2007. "I don't get the whole rail thing. It's not good for your heart, it's not good for your mind."

The self-declared "nervous eater" is happy with her fuller figure, a pal tells OK! magazine.

"She's done depriving herself and missing out on life just to fit into a size 2 jeans," the friend says. "She doesn't think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks."
And a few pictures:

http://media.hollyscoop.com/BlogImages/73388351---jessica4.jpg

http://media.hollyscoop.com/BlogImages/96171553---jessica.jpg

http://media.hollyscoop.com/BlogImages/9978560---jessica2.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/01/26/article-1127535-032E850D000005DC-73_224x497.jpg http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/01/26/article-1127535-032E8569000005DC-498_224x423.jpg

http://aslcdn.celebuzz.com//bfm_gallery/2009/01/Jessica%20Simpson%20sings%20at%20cook%20off%20contest/gallery_main/gallery_main-jessicasimpson-cook-off-photos-01262009-20.jpg

Nice top, awful belt and jeans. She's still very slim, but decidedly fuller/softer and shapelier than before- and therefore more attractive. I hope she keeps the curves. If she does, she will be one of the very few celebrities actually sending out a positive body-image message to young girls today.

M. Lopez
30th January 2009, 05:21
The brouhaha about Jessica Simpson with her slightly curvier figure has been just ridiculous. A few media sources have recognized and acknowledged the absurdity, though. MSNBC had a good report the other day featuring Emme and the editor of People magazine.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28912522/

The editor called the media's curve-o-phobic attacks upon Jessica as a case of "body-bullying" - which it definitely is - and she and Emme both pointed out that Simpson looks great with her curves. The editor also mentioned that Jessica is in a really happy place with her life right now:

[Editor] Espinoza said Simpson indicated in a recent interview with People, “When she is happy, weight is the last thing she wants to be thinking about.

“She’s happy, she’s in love, her career is doing really well, so she has other priorities on her mind,” Espinoza added. “She’s not in the gym three hours a day and obsessing over everything that she’s eating. That is a perfectly healthy, normal attitude. What’s unhealthy is the reaction.”
Well put. With her more natural, fuller figure, Simpson looks happier. And why shouldn't she be? Finally someone in the media is getting it right - that diet-starvation and exercise-torture lead to misery, while eating normally and enjoying food and life is something to be celebrated, and leads to a generally happier life.

Apart from some of the host's comments, it's a pretty decent report. Here's the video:


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Hannah
4th February 2009, 03:30
The person who has made the sanest observation on this whole subject has been Kim Kardashian, who said the following:

"Call me crazy, but when I saw the picture, I was like, 'Oh my God, Jessica looks hot!' "
You can find that quote in any of the hundreds of articles that have been devoted to this topic. But there's nothing "crazy" about her statement - she's absolutely right. In fact, she's the only person who has been right throughout this whole mess. Even the people who have been defending Simpson have mostly been expressing "empathy" and such. But this is not a situation that needs commiseration, but celebration. Jessical looks better now than she did before. Quite simply, she looks hot. That's the point that is being lost in the whole discussion. Her added curves have improved her appearance.

The closest that anyone else has come to acknowledging this rather obvious fact is a Chicago Tribune columnnist:

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_popmachine/2009/02/female-stars-are-too-skinny-so-give-jessica-simpson-a-break.html

His headline immediately indicates that he has the right idea:

Female stars are too skinny, so give Jessica Simpson a break

February 3, 2009

I forever endeared myself to my wife when I returned from lunch with Halle Berry some years ago and proclaimed, “She’s too skinny.”

I wasn’t just trying to earn points. It was true. She had as gorgeous a face as I’d ever seen, but if I made an “OK” sign with my finger and thumb, she could have used it as a belt.

That’s not unusual with beautiful stars. They’re almost all too skinny. Nicole Kidman photographs beautifully, and her face is still stunning (if now frozen around the forehead), but the last time I saw her up close, her body was an elongated pencil.

While a big deal was being made about Renee Zellweger gaining weight for “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” she actually looked normal and more appealing than ever. When she slimmed down afterward so quickly, she became TDS (too damn skinny).

My strong hunch is if you ran into Jessica Simpson right now, she’d look normal. Not f**, not voluptuous, not overly curvy, just normal. The camera adds weight, and the celebrities feel duty bound to take it off, never mind how unhealthy that might be.

So, yes, there is a problem with people obsessing over how Simpson fills out a pair of jeans. The double standards are so obvious that they shouldn’t even merit mentioning...

But this isn’t ultimately about Simpson. It’s about the rest of us, particularly women who view the treatment of the decidedly unfat Simpson and become that much more neurotic about their own weight fluctuations—because, you know, women need more societal pressure to be conscious of their looks.

Whatever the celebrities’ perceived culpability in thrusting themselves into the public eye, we—especially those of us with a soapbox—are the ones who lower ourselves when we fixate on whether some skinny starlet has gone up a pants size. It’s tacky and mean, and we should just shut up.
Amen.

Kaitlynn
22nd February 2009, 03:17
There was one more good article about the Simpson story the other day.

http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009902190337

Here's a bit of it:

Simpson's figure a plus for young girls

Susan Reinhardt

February 19, 2009

Bravo to Jessica Simpson for finally doing something substantial. Seems she's having her cake and eating it too.

All the magazines and newspapers that enjoy splashing stars' bods on the covers had a fit over her new zaftig figure. To me, her more curvy shape is how a woman should appear.

The photos show her in jeans — albeit those not-so-flattering “mommy” jeans — looking if she's shunned the typical Hollywood diet of coffee and colonics. Good for her.

If other models and stars packed a few pounds on their skeletal frames, the rate of anorexia among young teens might show a downward curve...

Jessica Simpson has never been someone I admire, but at least she's defending her new shape. She says she's happy. Happy people generally eat...

It's long overdue that we celebrate the fuller figures. That is, if we want our children to grow up with healthy role models.