In 2009, Jessica Simpson was the topic of much discussion when she appeared onstage wearing a black tank top and “mom jeans” – high-waisted and unflattering pants. In a repeat of these pictures, Simpson’s weight is once again in the spotlight.
On her way to a Dior beauty luncheon benefiting Operation Smile at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, Simpson was photographed in a skin tight, voluptuous red dress with a squared off neckline. The pictures have sparked pregnancy rumors and jokes at her expense.
When pressed about weight gain, stars often fight back with anger and follow up with dramatic weight loss, not always in a healthful manner. But Simpson has historically reacted differently. She has spent the last year and a half speaking publicly about society’s views on women and weight on Oprah and on her own VH1 show The Price of Beauty. She’s even vowed to use real women, and not models, at the exhibition of her Spring 2011 line during Fashion Week.
Simpson has been quoted repeatedly as saying that she’s not worried about her weight. In Us Weekly, she addressed the rumors by saying, “We all obsess over looking like the perfect Barbie type, and that’s not always what’s beautiful,” she says. “It’s about making peace with yourself.” In an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, Simpson referred to the buzz about her weight gain of 10 pounds as “ridiculous and sad.”
Having your weight under the microscope is unfortunately one of the more annoying aspects of being a celebrity. It’s not always unhealthy to gain a few pounds, and if it’s done in a healthy manner, it can be a very good thing. The most encouraging aspect of Simpson’s weight gain sagas is that she reacts positively and does what she can to help other women realize that being stick thin isn’t the healthiest for anyone. Her weight gain, or really any person famous or not, should not be news.