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Jessica Simpson Can Teach Us a Thing or Two

Jessica Simpson is latest celebrity to be scrutinized for gaining weight, and while the singer has confidence in her own curves, the public criticism probably doesn't feel so great. Regardless of any weight fluctuation, hopefully she's fueling her body with healthy food and fitting exercise into her schedule — it's not all about appearance.

It's easier to stand up for yourself and face harsh remarks when you have a positive support system, and it seems like Jessica's friends and family have her back. Her sister, Ashlee, posted a response on her blog in defense of Jessica and wrote, "All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you're a celebrity, there shouldn't be a different standard." Jessica's former trainer, Harley Pasternak chimed in when Extra approached him for a comment and said, "She has curves where a woman needs to have curves. We all go a little bit up and a little bit down. But she's healthy."

Take a note from Jessica's book and surround yourself with positive people. Whether you're perfectly happy with your body or trying to make a change, it's important to have friends and family who will support you in a healthy way, through any weight ups and downs.


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Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I agree with Sundaygreen, I think very poor fashion choices were to blame for making her look bigger than she is (even if she did put on some weight). No one looks good (or trim) in mom-jeans and lycra tanks. No one. On a positive note, I think she looks great with a little extra weight, very curvy (almost reminds me of how Joan, Christina Hendricks, looks from Mad Men).
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
This is less about her weight gain than it is about her terrible fashion choices. She could easily look GREAT in a dress, or simply by not wearing extremely tight high waisted jeans. What is this, the eighties? She looks like Dolly Parton in her hey day, after a few too many krispy kremes.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I don't care for her at any weight. Blech.
emalove emalove 8 years
Reminds me of the Jennifer Love Hewitt drama last's just ridiculous. Part of the reason why I don't read many celeb. gossip sites/magazines anymore. Someone gains five pounds and it's major "news". Give me a break. Jessica looks fine. She needs to lose terrible jeans, but that's about it.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Why do they keep printing articles about her and this weight gain. Jessica gained weight, so what. But she does need to know how to dress for her figure. She knew she was bigger and decided to dress this way, so she must have wanted people to talk about her. . Ashlee just needs to shut up. There's alot of things she just can't get mad about being all the work she's had done to herself. These Simpson girls have done so much over the years to get good and bad publicity...enough already.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm with Komer. If Jessica dressed for her new body, she would look a lot better (attractive, even). There's nothing wrong with her figure, but she's seems to be dressing for someone smaller and leaner. Camel toe, muffin tops, fat rolls speaks to ill-fitting clothes, not to mention being unflattering. Basically, I have a problem with her darn outfit, not her figure. :)
1cigarrette 1cigarrette 8 years
What's the big deal? Yeah she gained some lbs and then let's say she had some sodium-filled meal the day before and add some pms and ta-da! I don't think she's more than a size 4-6... her boobs and untoned arms just make her look bigger.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't think she's gained THAT much weight from when she was in Dukes of Hazzard. She is my height and I'm built a lot like she is (minus the boobs). When I gain 5 lbs, it looks like 10 lbs on someone taller. My guess is that she was around 110 in Dukes and she's probably at around 125 now. And while she does look a lot more toned and fit at 110, maybe it's hard for her body to maintain that weight easily. If she's perfectly healthy and in shape at 125 lbs, fine. Not everyone can stay really thin, especially if they like eating rich foods. She just needs to start dressing for her figure and learn how to make herself look slimmer.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I dunnno, Jess's weight gain isn't that bad. I don't see why everyones getting all worked up TBH. She looks like a size 10/12. Yeah, so that's a huge increase from a size "2" (Though I really think she was a 4 back then) but hey, she's not obese. But she's not "healthy" either. Yeah sure, she looks like the average person, but who's to say the average American person is healthy?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Good for her for embracing her curves, but maybe she should stop embracing them in high-waisted jeans like that? Because those are not flattering to ANYONE.
LinkADink LinkADink 8 years
Seriously? Jessica Simpson looks freaking AWESOME. She is beautiful & healthy and has an AWESOME body. Her outfit leaves a bit to be desired - but if she had walked onstage in a sundress, everyone would be commenting on how she had implants because her breasts grew! I personally think she looks so much better when she doesn't try to look like a stick - her body is built for curves (ie: she has huge boobs!) and she looks most like a beautiful woman when she looks like a real woman. Show me 5 guys who claim they would kick her out of bed, and I'll show you 4 liars and a homosexual. Keep being beautiful, Miss Simpson-Romo.
twinkles twinkles 8 years
Ashlee's comment is kind of sneaky. She doesn't actually come out and say that Jessica is a size 2, she just complains about living in a society that critiques a size 2 as being heavy. Anyway, I pretty much agree with everyone else. It is important to surround yourself with positive people, it's okay to put on a few pounds, celebrities are subjected to public scrutiny whether they like it or not, and no one should EVER EVER where those jeans. Also, in the pics that have been circulating, Jessica doesn't look normal. Her whole body looks puffy/bloated to the point where even her eyes are squinty. So it makes me wonder if she had something other than simple weight gain going on...
angelina8023 angelina8023 8 years
AMEN MAMASITAM!!! I completely agree with you. It's like I said on popsugar yesterday. It's called a publicity stunt.
Hill82879 Hill82879 8 years
I am all about curves and jiggly bits, but let's be honest - she is considered "healthy" by American standards. But why does that make it okay? We're the fattest country in the world - why do we take comfort in the fact that we can call her "healthy"? Is it because she is average? Why are we okay with that average?
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I don't get the discussion about her weight. What should be getting questioned here are her bizarre fashion choices that seem to make her always look so much bigger than she is. I don't think the camera angle is doing her any favors either, but I don't believe we'd be having any debate about a 5-15 weight gain if she would learn to wear things that are more figure flattering.
komler komler 8 years
I think that learning to dress for your body shape would go a long way in some cases. Why emphasize things that you can hide, when there are other great things about having more curves…
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Chrstne, where do you get the info that a size 9 is a 29 inch waist? I'm a size 4/6 with a 28.5 inch waist. I can't imagine that a half inch is the difference between three sizes.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Good eye, Spider! You can definitely see the unnatural slimming of the arm just below the shoulder. I like Fit's advice about surrounding yourself with positive people, but I don't think JSimp is the poster child for positive messages. Her sister lied about her size. I have to tell you, I'm her height and a size 4-6, and WAY slimmer than she is, even in unflattering pictures.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I don't think it's horrendous that she gained weight. It happens. Should she be picked apart because of it, no. The chick is also very short. I know many short people who are like 5'3, and when they gain 10 lbs it can easily look like 20. She could have gained 15 lbs for all we know, and it looks like more. But, it doesn't mean she is unhealthy. If she is happy with the way she looks, fine -- but you need to get a life if you have to sit around and poke fun at other people who gained weight -- when you probably aren't stick thin either. I agree the outfit was horrendous, and it makes her look bigger. Oh, and by trying to say you're a size 2, it obviously shows how insecure you are with yourself that you have to whip out sizes like that. What if she were a size 9? In most clothing sizes that would be a 29 inch waist...and is that unhealthy? No way. They should advocate the size 14 which MOST women are (over a 30 inch waist) not a size 2. That's so lame. My guess is Jessica is a 6 or 7 which is so not huge, and Ashlee is probably around a 6 now as well. Is that big? Nope. May it look big on shorter gals? Sure. A friend of mine is a size 9, 20 inch waist, but she is TALL, and she looks like a size 3. Height can distort things. But seriously, in the United States home of the very fat south -- a size two in any of those places is laughable. Maybe in the Northeast and Northwest, and Colorado...but more than likely you see slim, healthy people...not 5'10, 100 lb, size 2 people.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
I don't know who photoshopped the above pic, but her arm is NOT that thin. I live in Hollywood, FL and I have about 25 friends who went to the chili cookoff and she was HUGE. They said it LONG before any of the pics came out.....I'm all for women being all shapes and sizes, but Jessica has seriously gained some weight. If you want to be a celebrity and make assloads more money than the rest of us will ever make in our lives for doing essentially nothing, then, sorry, but you're going to be held to a different standard. Don't have your sister say how you are a size two either. We are NOT that stupid. Jessica is a southern gal who obviously likes to eat. Thats FINE. But don't be surprised when after you've marketed this sexy blonde girl image and you put on 50lbs, -people are going to notice and talk! Maybe if she hadn't marketed herself as such an imbecile all these years, I'd be a little more accepting. Lol. End of rant.
syako syako 8 years
well the advice that Fit is giving - surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you to be healthy and happy and not rail thin - is great advice that we should all listen to!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
give me a break. this is coming from Ashlee Simpson who had her own size and shape and features and underwent some beautiful but major plastic surgery. and she is talking about Jessica Simpson who was hailed when she had that smoking body for Dukes of Hazzard, and who routinely gets lip injections. look, I am a total supporter of plastic surgery and doing whatever one wishes by way of feeling good about themselves and feeling confident. I got braces and saw a dermatologist about my skin as a teen - I truly do not see the difference in cosmetic things that are "middle class" and accepted. but how can Ashlee or Jessica or anyone else say "oh leave her alone she is just like us" when truly, she isn't. part of your business as a celebrity (particularly as Jessica Simpson whose breasts have all but eclipsed her talents in the past) is your "look". Ashlee knows this, too. I applaud her for sticking up for her sister, and truly I think Jessica looks fine. I think its the outfit. if Beyonce showed up somewhere wearing that, it'd still be ugly, but she'd look fierce.
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