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Marie Claire vs Ashlee Simpson

What do you do if you are the new editor of a b-list women's magazine - you go after the celebrities. To make a statement Marie Claire is not only changing its look from the hideous bright color cover scheme, they are also expanding the letters this month to bash Ashlee Simpson. They have every right to do this since Ashlee was interviewed in last month's issue to talk about loving one's body and then going and getting a nose job. NY Times reports:

Ashlee Simpson appeared on the July cover of Marie Claire magazine extolling the virtues of appreciating one’s body as it is — then she had a nose job.

Marie Claire readers erupted in fury at what they said was Ms. Simpson’s hypocrisy and the magazine’s “cluelessness.” They wrote 1,000 letters in protest to the magazine, according to Joanna Coles, the new editor of the magazine. And she agreed with them.

In the first issue (due Aug. 15) over which she exercises full editorial control, Ms. Coles gives expanded space in the letters column to readers to vent against Ms. Simpson. Ms. Coles adds in a note: “We’re dazed and confused — and disappointed — by her choice, too!”

Sounds like an interesting reason to check out Marie Claire this month besides the fact that Maggie Gyllenhaal is making the cover look much cooler than it has in years.

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