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Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson Discuss Body Image in Self and Glamour

Body Acceptance: Are You More Like Kelly or Jessica?

Both Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson have gotten flack for their fluctuating weight, but the starlets don't let it get to them. Jessica talks about embracing her curves, while Kelly complains about being Photoshopped. Now, both ladies are gracing magazine covers and discussing, among other things, their body acceptance.

In the August issue of Glamour, Jessica admits to worrying about her weight from a young age: "I was always disconnected from myself; there was this idea of perfection I couldn't ever get to. But all women struggle with insecurity, and we all have something we don't like about ourselves." Kelly is a bit more laid-back, saying: "My happy weight changes. Sometimes I eat more; sometimes I play more. I'll be different sizes all the time."

While it sounds like both women have a healthy relationship with their bodies, Kelly sounds like she gives it less thought than Jess does. Who are you more like?

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margokhal margokhal 8 years
They've both been Photoshopped and they'll always look palatable/attractive to the public as long as they're on the covers of magazines, so it doesn't really matter. I am like neither of them because I am not that accepting of my body. What does that even mean? They should be glad they have the luxury of having an arsenal of people at their disposal to keep them "in shape", even when they do cycle through gaining and losing weight.
cg130 cg130 8 years
I don't think either of them are really healthy body-image role models. Jessica seems really insecure about her weight, and Kelly's weight fluctuations, as others have said, aren't healthy either. I am a little insecure about my body, but I don't let it take over. Mostly I like, or at least accept my body.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I think more like Jessica. I may be happy w. my weight but it is a constant almost in my mind on a daily basis.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't think it's very healthy for your weight to fluctuate widely. To me, that means you're either yo-yo dieting or not being consistent with your eating/exercising. I think I'm accepting of my body, but I do probably think about it more than I should. Although, I will say, I think looking at yourself naked really helps you improve your body image. You start to really like and appreciate and accept all the little parts of you that make you the way you are, regardless of how big/small you are.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 8 years
I question whether or not the standards women try to live up to are really set by men. From my experience and observation, women seem to be far more critical of each other's bodies than men are of our bodies. I see women using beauty standards to compete with each other. Yes, there are plenty of men who objectify women, but there are also plenty of women who sadly do it, too.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'm way more like Jessica.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
*I meant to say "everyone's weight fluctuates a BIT"
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
I'm skeptical as to how sincere Kelly is about accepting her "fluctuating weight." Between when "Since U Been Gone" came out and now, she looks like she's gained about 30-40 lbs at least. Everyone's weight fluctuates a big, but when you have a significant weight loss, followed by a massive weight gain, I feel like there's some underlying issues.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Attitude-wise, I'm more like Kelly. I am laid-back and accepting of my body. The only (and major) difference between Kelly and me is that I happen to enjoy exercising regularly, and eating sensibly. I am fit and shapely. My weight does NOT fluctuate widely.
ticamorena ticamorena 8 years
Honestly, this body image battle is a losing game for everybody; personally, I don't mind weight fluctuation, but not fitting well in my favourite clothes gets me down, so I'd rather maintain a standard size for practical reasons. I also love staying active, but have found that this also results in changes of size (or body composition) depending on what my hobby of the month is. But I take issue with women constantly blaming the media, men, magazines and celebrities for their body image insecurities. On the one hand, we have claims that celebrities and models look unrealistically (and unhealthily?) perfect, airbushed, photoshopped, etc. and perpetuate the wrong image of what women look like, BUT then, when photographed without this assistance, they suddenly look "horrible" the message is that natural is horrible but retouched is fake or unrealistic.
pookie-poo pookie-poo 8 years
I'm more of a Jessica but I would just like to point out that Self is really ridiculous with all the photoshop. Kelly looks nothing like that and we all know it.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I'm in between, like DivaDivine said. But I am a little more like Jessica... I could never be happy watching my weight fluctuate so much that I'd be different sizes all the time.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
And yes, Hollywood and media do throw the image of the so called skinny woman in our faces a lot. But as we all know by now, a lot of those women are photo shopped in magazines and their images on television are made to look a little smaller too. That's why a lot of celebrities hate TMZ so much, because their cameramen catch the celebrities out in public showing their true weight, and how their faces honestly look without studio help. I saw a Stars Without Makeup in a magazine. (I forget who had the articles) But those celebrities looked horrible. Even the ones who applied their own light makeup on their day off looked terrible with really bad skin. My point is that none of us should go by what the media says when it comes to the way we look. Too many women are depressed and staving themselves these days because they're paying attention to a photo shopped image. It's a woman’s figure that doesn't actually exist. Women also want to have perfect skin like the people in Hollywood. But again, a lot of them have bad skin. And by the time the people in the makeup trailers finish with them on the back studio lots, the celebrity’s skin then looks perfect. Of course with also the help of the camera focus and more photo shopping before/after editing. When these women above, Jessica and Kelly, gain weight, to me they just look like the average REAL woman these days. Not every other woman is a size 2 or wants to be. Millions of women are pleased with their weight and their men/husbands are too.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I don't have a problem with these women’s weight gain or loss. When they gain a few pounds they look healthier and somewhat more comfortable. Kelly always appeared not to worry as much though, and that's a good thing. No woman should have to live up to a mans standard or anyone else’s when it comes to her weight gain or loss. She should think only about what she and her doctor feel is right for her. Every body and health situation is different
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I relate more to Jessica; I feel good about myself, but I could always be better. I think Kelly's attitude is more lazy than healthy. It's good to try to take care of yourself and maintain, even if it's not at someone else's "ideal" weight.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 8 years
The thing I hate about these polls is that there's no middle ground. Unlike Kelly, I don't want my weight to fluctuate to a point that I'm different dress sizes all the time. But unlike Jessica, I'm not obsessed with attaining perfection. Where's the button for the cover girl who says they try to maintain a healthy weight?
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I wish I was more like either of them and accepting of my body. After being ridiculed as a teen for being too skinny (naturally) and flat chested; I'm not sure there was a body part that didn't get torn apart - even my long neck and limbs (they called me spider monkey), I will forever be scarred and obsessive over my body. I know it's wrong and why I am this way but I can't seem to break it. In my early twenties I worked out for hours a day to develop muscles and people stopped making fun of me and started complimenting me. I was still super skinny but I was also pretty fit. I remember feeling very confident. Now I'm married and I'm no longer "super skinny" and I'm struggling with it. I'm by no means overweight, I'm still on the thin side of healthy, but I'm not comfortable being this "big" for my small-boned frame and I am trying to fit working out back into my hectic schedule. It's hard and I sometimes think that if I just accepted that I won't ever have that rock-hard, 100 lb body again, that I'd be better off.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Jessica, which I'm fine with. I'm just happy to finally be happy with what I see in the mirror. The fact that I have to work hard to maintain it and thus think about it a lot doesn't bother me. In fact, I'd rather that than the yo-yo approach that Kelly Clarkson takes.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I used to be like Kelly, now for the last 3 years or so I've been more like Jessica.
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