When I heard a few months ago that pop star Jessica Simpson was considering a reality TV show about “real beauty,” I was thrilled. Finally! A celeb who sought to use the negative press attention towards her and spin it a positive way! In the wake of the offensive tabloid lynch mob over Simpson’s “mom jeans” weight gain, taking the high road seemed like a classy thing to do.
The details of said show are finally out: in a docu-series called “The Price of Beauty” for VH1, Simpson will travel around the world speaking to women about the lengths they go to to achieve physical perfection, including their diets, clothes and beauty regimens.
It does sounds like a cool premise for a TV program. But when I read Jessica’s statement regarding her show, I came to my senses about just who the feel-good, body-positive “messenger” is. Keep reading »
Jessica Simpson made headlines with her MTV reality show “Newlyweds,” especially after her famous Chicken of the Sea line. The show ended, as did Nick and Jess’ marriage. That’s why I was surprised to hear that Simpson is giving reality TV a second try with a new show, “The Price of Beauty.” This time around, the focus will be on “society’s scrutiny of women’s bodies.” Simpson, who has received a lot of flack in the press for a spike in weight exaggerated by a very unforgiving pair of high-waisted jeans, pitched the idea to several networks, according to Us Weekly. “The idea behind the show is that she and a friend set off on a road trip around the world in search of what people find beautiful and why,” a source from the magazine said. Keep reading »
In the June issue of Vanity Fair, writer Rich Cohen forgoes the usual bowing down that occurs in celebrity features. Instead, there is only a little reverential treatment of cover girl Jessica Simpson and a fair amount of criticism — well, at least for a glossy profile.
There have been danger signs. First, the sudden weight gain, as evidenced by pictures that turned up in the tabloids earlier this year showing the starlet, onstage, looking less than slender, holding the microphone like a turkey leg, and wearing what were described everywhere as “mom jeans.”
She didn’t want to talk about her weight, so, of course, that’s all I could think of—it gilded each question in my mind: What are you working on now [that you’re fat]? Do you see yourself as part of a class, with Christina and Britney [or are you too fat]? Do you feel that your relationship with Tony Romo has affected his performance as a quarterback [because you are fat]?
And our personal favorite:
As an actress, she’s slightly less skillful than the actress who replaced Suzanne Somers on Three’s Company.
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Did I call it or what? Just as she’s done before, Jessica Simpson followed up the unflattering “fat” photos from a few weeks earlier of her in high-waisted mom jeans and an unfortunate leopard print belt with sudden “skinny” photos of her in a push-up bustier and skimpy Daisy Dukes, showing a pair of well-toned legs. Performing at the March 8 Florida Strawberry Festival performance, Simpson appeared to have dropped ten pounds in a matter of weeks, securing her spot, once again, on several tabloids, including In Touch.
A spokesperson from the Strawberry Festival said they didn’t provide any of the photos that have appeared in the tabloids, leaving everyone to wonder, “Gee, where or where could the pictures have come from?” She said “credentialed photographers had to sign waivers that they wouldn’t sell their photos to the tabloids,” and speculated that audience members with telescopic lenses on their camera must have taken the shots. Oh, of course! But what an inconvenience for the incredible shrinking woman to have to appear on magazine covers again. If her music and acting career is any indication, she’s clearly not comfortable with that kind of attention. [via MSNBC] Keep reading »