“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.”
– Jessica Simpson, who announced she’s expecting her first child earlier this week, is on the cover of the December issue of Lucky and seems to spend a lot of time during the interview discussing her weight. Jessica tells the magazine that she likes the way she looks “now,” which the mag describes as “not the celebrity ideal” because she stopped spending “six hours a day on the Exercycle and going on a juice cleanse.” Of the change in her body, Simpson says she “didn’t cry about it too much,” in part, it seems, because of the positive response she received from real women who found her more relatable as a result.
I very much appreciate the sentiment of what Jessica’s saying, as I do think she is a woman who has spent years and years and years having the ups and downs of her weight chronicled in the media. But I also hope this new outlook reflects the fact that she will not longer be participating in that exact tabloid game — Jessica, after all, has done more than a few “My Hot New Bikini Body!” type stories for the celeb glossies and while portions of this Lucky interview seems like the flipside of that, I hope this interview marks the end of Jessica publicly discussing her weight. I would be really disappointed to see her on the cover of Us Weekly in 10 months, wearing a bikini and crowing about how she lost all the baby weight. [Lucky]