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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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lesocialite lesocialite 10 years
maggie gyllenhaal has a really weird look. but i like it in a way. :-)
Fiona Fiona 10 years
Oh yes, there's quite a few people called O'Malley here.. and Erin too. Beautiful name, my cousin is called Erin! xx
OMalley OMalley 10 years
yes, it's definitely very Irish though, is it "American Irish" or do people actually have my name in Ireland? always been curious about that. you wouldn't believe how many people butcher the pronunciation/spelling here considering how simple it really is. how fun that you live there!!! i've always wanted to visit. :)
Fiona Fiona 10 years
I'll be looking for it Erin although it's hard for me to get the U.S version over here (I'm in Ireland). btw- Erin O malley is an Irish name if ever I heard one!!
yayita yayita 10 years
Why doesnt she admit it? who does she think shes fooling here?
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
Im glad people are talking up about ash, she is getting totaly ridiculous, and she didnt even admit she had her nose done when u can tell a mile off! It looks too perfect! Looser
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
The Maggie cover looks great. I wouldn't say they were trying to start a fight with Ashlee for publicity, they are simply printing the opinions of the people who read the article and found Ashlee being hypocritical.
babybeluga babybeluga 10 years
I'm not touching the Ashlee issue. But Maggie--- oooh. yes.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
lshep, i read it and it had a you're-perfect-no-matter-what vibe to it. i'm not against plastic surgery, but i'd also never tell a bunch of teen-aged girls to love themselves and not change then get a nose job the next month. i like her nose actually. for the article, she went to paint a self-esteem mural or something with a bunch of at-risk teen girls. i just think it's a particularly bad message to send those girls. m claire readers are not ashlee simpson fans and very few are teen girls so maybe it really doesn't matter. she's still a hypocrite and a very obvious one at that
tharightgurl4u tharightgurl4u 10 years
I remember when Ashlee appeared on the cover of Jane Magazine people wrote in to complain and when she was Cosmopolitans Fearless Female of the Year awhile back people wrote in to complain about her too lol I guess shes not well liked
riotgeek riotgeek 10 years
Love Maggie, Ashlee's an airheaded twerp.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Marie the anti-Cosmo. I really enjoy reading it....more focus on world issues and concerns and also clothes and makeup. Good for Marie Claire! Please, let this further the Simpson clan downfall.
yayita yayita 10 years
I rather look at the ashley cover, that Maggie chick is some kind of ugly, i hate her face, she is so hard tolook at
LShep LShep 10 years
theres nothing wrong with loving your body and getting a nose job..however i didnt read the entire article...but i guess it was stupid of her to do that :( sadddd for my girl !
OMalley OMalley 10 years
AAAAhhhh, I wrote a skathing letter to them and it's supposedly published in the Sept. issue!!! Look for it...Erin O'Malley (Santa Monica, CA). I'm giddy to see all the other comments!!!!!
1milehighgirl 1milehighgirl 10 years
Why the harsh comments about Marie Claire? It's one of the few women's magazines that covers "real" issues. Marie Claire did a story on the Taliban problem in Afghanistan WAY before 9/11 even happened. The magazine has featured celebs doing "charity" work in 3rd world countries--is that only respected if its done by Angelina Jolie?
heavenlydivine21 heavenlydivine21 10 years
I agree mirella! marie clarie is a great mag I read stories in MC that I would have never ever seen in COSMO GLAMOUR(*though I'm a subscriber to both!) etc! MC responded to my email about Ashley within a day! My fav cover by far is the 05 issue with ANGELINA JOLIE! I would love to see RACHEL MCADAMS NELLY FURTADO on MC
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
bluediesel, in the future like maybe 2+ years, not like weeks later. come on! that was ridiculous. having her on the cover or in the mag was ridiculous as well. my goodness. smart, gorgeous women like salma and ashley judd belong on the cover, not acid-reflux ashlee
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
and wow, i'm lovin maggie g
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
i'm glad m claire did this. i was so disappointed by that issue and i'm a long time reader. it's a much smarter magazine than cosmo and company.
bluediesel bluediesel 10 years
Celebrities aren't perfect but if they are going to go on the record and say what they feel about something they should also include, "well in the future I might" so they won't look so dumb when stuff comes back in their face! LOL!
Britgirl85 Britgirl85 10 years
pink dont you think maggie looks good in this pic?
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 10 years
i agree ashlee sucks and i hate that she did that!
sasha3 sasha3 10 years
I think the magazine is just trying to sell more copies, so they decided to start a fued with someone
juju4 juju4 10 years
I have to admit....I wrote in to Marie Claire regarding this! (I don't usually read it, but I was traveling and had to spend 2 full days between airports and planes, and I was desparate for any reading material I could get my hands on). Anyway, the thing that made me mad wasn't just that her words said "Love your body" and her actions said "Mutilate it so that you look like everyone else". It's that the whole spread featured her with little girls. They were painting on a wall about how they were supposed to love their bodies as they were, etc. I am afraid that Ashlee's actions will reinforce to those girls that liking yourself the way you are is BS. That would be horrible! She sucks!
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