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Jessica Simpson and the Weighty Compliment From Uganda

Blonde and beautiful Jessica Simpson is no stranger to scrutiny about her weight. Remember last year when that unflattering photo of her circulated through the media? Jessica was ridiculed for gaining some weight, and she discussed the episode on yesterday's Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying:

"For some reason, yep, everybody was just harping on me gaining some extra pounds. And then I felt insecure because I felt like I was making other people, you know, if they weren't a size four or size six feel big, ya know. I didn't like where I was being put in the public world."

This negative attention prompted Jessica to travel the world and "see what women do to feel beautiful, to look beautiful, [and] what their expectation of beauty is." Her discoveries were documented in her reality TV show The Price of Beauty. She was pleasantly shocked to learn in Uganda women gain 90 plus pounds before their weddings in order to be considered a real woman, and the fatter you are the more beautiful. In this culture, the cow is considered a prized possession, making being called a "fat cow" the highest compliment a gal can receive. A little different from things here in the states, no? Watch Jessica explain this ritual to Ellen when you


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kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
@inlove--I think the point is that "perfect" is subjective. In the US, perfect is considered thin, but in Uganda it's considered fat. The whole point is that there are different standards of beauty around the world. @chloe bella--I agree completely that women should not compromise their health to get married, but it seems to me that many brides here do the same thing only in the opposite direction. Rather than gorging to get ready for a wedding and marriage, women here starve themselves, over exercise, and take diet pills before their weddings. Neither extreme is healthy, and I don't think that Americans are in a place to judge Ugandans for going to great lengths to get fat when we go to such great lengths to get thin.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Spectra - I read that article, too! I went back and looked, at that article was actually about women in western africa, whereas Jessica was in Uganda. So I don't think it was exactly the same practice. But yeah, that Marie Claire article was disturbing.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
"They want their women to look like cows". I think I know what JS is trying to say, but it just doesn't ever make it sound right.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
They had an article about this practice in Marie Claire once and it sounds kind of brutal, actually. These poor girls are force-fed milk and cereal and stuff until they are obese. It doesn't sound like Jessica is endorsing it or anything; she's just kind of reporting what she saw when she went there.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Wow! 90 pounds thats crazy. I think the people in Uganda should work on that. haha. But I think Jessica didn't take it as in insult because she realizes that you don't have to be perfect to be beautiful which is what America focuses on.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I agree Retro, she's pretty objective about it in the video.
Retro23 Retro23 7 years
Re: chloe bella The video doesn't show Jessica being "pleasantly surprised" at the 90+ lbs ritual. I think Fit added that in. Totally agree, no one should be "pleasantly surprised" to hear that, it seems more of an interesting tradition that an outsider can neither condemn nor condone. Any travelling is good travelling, and if Jessica is becoming more worldly and philanthropic then all the more power to her!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Why would she be "pleasantly" surprised to find out that women are expected to gain 90+ lbs in order to get married? If people want to eat their way to morbid obesity on their own volition, fine. But I don't think having to compromise one's health in order to be deemed worthy of marriage is really anything to celebrate.
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