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Jessica Simpson and Others Fight Hollywood Pressure to Be Too Skinny!

Jessica Simpson is featured in this December’s “Lucky” magazine. In the article, she mentions the criticism she received for not being her usual super-skinny self these last few years. However, she goes on to explain that gaining weight not only was good for business, but it also made her a lot happier.

“All kinds of women started coming up to me and saying what an example I was setting by not constantly dieting,” she reportedly told “Lucky.”

I got so much scrutiny for putting on extra pounds, but I think that the decision not to make myself anorexic was actually great for branding. Because when you’re really, really skinny, not everybody can relate to you (Jessica Simpson).

The pressure to be too skinny isn’t new in Hollywood. If celebrity women aren’t smaller than their bodies are supposed to be, the critics let them know with mean and hurtful comments. But Simpson reveals that she’s no longer feeling pressured into fitting into Hollywood’s idea of physical perfection. And she’s not the only celebrity fighting back.

Just recently, Miley Cyrus tweeted her anger regarding the criticism she’s received because of gaining weight. “By calling girls like me fat this is what you’re doing to other people,” she tweeted, including a photo of an emaciated woman. “I love MYSELF & if you could say the same you wouldn’t be sitting on your computer trying to hurt others.”

Demi Lovato tweeted her support in response, and the two shared a moment of solidarity. Lovato’s widely reported eating disorder revealed her own struggles with her weight.

Watch the story below:


Because so many Christian teen girls consider Hollywood celebrities role models, they often share the belief that being skinny equals being beautiful, successful, accepted, and happy. Consequently, many struggle to be thin, and that often causes negative results, such as eating disorders and depression.

Simpson, Cyrus, and Lovato’s responses to criticism demonstrate that even Hollywood pressure isn’t strong enough to break their wills. They also have proven that peer pressure can be ignored, and that we don’t have to be underweight to be beautiful or happy.

It’s a good thing that these ladies have fought back. I hope they will remind us all of what a healthy woman’s body should look like, and that being over- or underweight is damaging.

Our bodies are our temples and we should take care of them. I pray that Simpson, Cyrus, Lovato and others take us all back to realistic expectations when it comes to weight and end the unrealistic notion of Hollywood perfection.

Image: Getty Images


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by 1_artist on January 11, 2012 at 10:47

    I like that they’re all standing up against weight discimination, if you will, I think it’s honorable, but I really don’t think Miley is a good role model in many other aspects (especially in recent years).

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Loba28 on December 3, 2011 at 15:59

    Girls have it bad when it comes to being put down for the way they look but its not always the “not skinny” girls. Im really skinny and Im not starving myself or anything.Im actually really healthy. I eat right and exercise and I still get made fun of Alot. But people automatically think Im not affected because Im skinny. I get rude comments thrown at me and it’s really taken a toll on my self esteem. What about girls like me? We need re assurance too.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Amanda125 on December 4, 2011 at 12:49

      I have the exact same problem! Don’t get me wrong, I have never made fun of someone for their weight. However, why does everyone stick up for someone when they are called fat, but not when they’re called anorexic? I have never dieted or had an eating disorder! Eating disorders aren’t anything to be going around and joking about either…Why can’t we say “Being yourself is beautiful!”?

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by onedirection4ever on December 6, 2011 at 07:38

        I feel bad for skinny girls who are made fun of. But, you super skinny girls need to realize how blessed you are! You don’t have to worry about what you eat. Me? I’m somewhat skinny, but only because I diet, diet, diet. 😕 I would gain 30lbs if I let myself go! I’m finally at my “ideal” weight which is 120lbs and that’s healthy for 5’7.

        BUT, I have TONS of friends who are STICK thin and they could eat 10 tubs of ice cream and NEVER gain a pound. SO BE THANKFUL THAT YOU CAN DO THAT! SOME PEOPLE CAN’T! I’m sorry, but I don’t have any pity for you unless you are being mocked (then I feel bad for you) my friends always complain about being super skinny and how they wish they had my hips (I have a weird bodyshape, I have a slight thin upper body and then size 5 hips which are SO fat) and I’m thinking what the hec???? YOU DON’T WANT MY BODY! Just LOVE YOURS! I’m sorry, but I don’t feel bad for you! Thin girls are just as beautiful as curvy girls! And you know what? My guy friends always seem to pay more attention to the thinner girls anyways. If you haven’t noticed the thinner girls usually look like celebrities, SO BE THANKFUL that you have a “celeb” body!!!!! 🙂

        Sorry for this long post. It just annoys me when people complain about being thin. I’m sorry if I sound rude, but that’s just a sore spot for me.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Kate on December 5, 2011 at 08:27

        I agree! While I’m on the ‘curves are beautiful’ end of the spectrum, I have friends who are very sensitive about being really thin. BEING YOURSELF IS BEAUTIFUL. Not being pressured to look a certain way, and being healthy, is what’s important. There’s a place for every kind of body in the world.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by onedirection4ever on December 3, 2011 at 14:21

    That’s great that they are finally speaking out about this! I kind of have a eating disorder and it really messes you up.

    But my question is, how can you get a flat/toned stomach without dieting? I have a 24″/25″ waistline and it’s not that toned. How can you tone it without dieting? I already eat healthy and exercise!

  4. KelseyAnnL

    Posted by KelseyAnnL on December 2, 2011 at 16:43

    It’s sad how girls think they have to be stick thin in order to be considered pretty. In my opinion, I think Demi, Miley, and Jessica are all beautiful!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Countrygirl212 on December 2, 2011 at 14:13

    oh thanks goodness! I thought weight was a big issue for only normal people but its just as big for celebrities! At least there is hope!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Amari on December 2, 2011 at 09:54

    Not trying to step on anyone’s toes, but the models you see today are nothing but…well, models. Designers aim for skinny girls to show the garment they’re trying to sell. If someone with curves were to model, it would take away from whatever they’re modeling. If a photoshoot is aimed for someone with curves, it’s for that particular person rather than the clothes they’re wearing.

    Like if Paula Deen or Mo’Nique did a photo shoot, you’d be there to see them instead of whatever they had on. They choose stick skinny girls because the clothes are seen better. It’s really messed up how it works, but that’s they way it is. My mom used to call me twiggy because I was so skinny. She was skinny as a kid, too and she’s 5’10. People called her Olive Oil.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 1_artist on January 11, 2012 at 11:10

      No offense, but I’ve seen you on quite a few posts, and the impression I get is that you don’t really care what the world is doing to people, or you feel like they have a right to do whatever they want, even attack people, including young people psycologically (Cosmo magazine marketing to children, Lady Gaga and her blasphemy, and now this). You’re telling us that it’s okay for agencies/society to hurt people like that? Or that we can’t do anything about celebrities and everyday people being picked on just for not being thin enough to them? I get the impression that you have detatched yourself from it all and decided that anything bad or evil that people do is just normal. There is evil in the world (and that’s why people are shallow), that’s a fact we can’t change, but we shouldn’t just stand aside and act like it’s okay, because it’s not, and I don’t think God would want us to do that.
      And yes, some people are actually very thin and can’t help it, but most models make themselves thin to fit in with the ‘standards’–they’ve been fooled into hurting themselves to attain an unrealistic goal. It’s very shallow, and I think somebody has to do something about it.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 1_artist on January 11, 2012 at 10:58

      I get your point, but alot of times it’s ridiculous. Models in magazines like Vogue are practically pencil thin! A girl in my class went to a modeling agency, and I thought she was pretty thin, but she said they told her she wasn’t skinny enough! It’s not about the face at all–they can just cake on layers of makeup for that–it’s about being unrealistically thin, and eating portions like a grape a day, or puking up everything you’ve eaten, and still think you’re fat! (and possibly to save on fabric–if the models are pencil-thin, they don’t need as much clothing to cover them, it’s sick economics) I’ve seen ads and catalogues where the models are healthy weight, it doesn’t take away from the clothes at all, that’s just what they want you to think, b/c the industry keeps pushing an unrealistic ‘ideal’ that does more harm than good. They basically want you to torture yourself to impress them, and that’s what’s horrible.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by a2j on December 1, 2011 at 20:01

    this is awesome! i’m not super skinny or toned or anything, i’m healthy and at a healthy weight but when i look in the mirror, i don’t see beautiful me because of how i’ve seen all the “beautiful” people on tv when they’re super thin. i love this because i’m just starting to realize that being healthy is actually pretty, and that i don’t have to be smaller than i’m supposed to be to be considered attractive.

  8. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on December 1, 2011 at 17:05

    Miley’s not fat. She’s healthy–just like me, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, and every other beautifully curvy girl. I learned about eating disorders in health reccently, and it’s not natural for a curvy girl to be stick-skinny. People of all sizes–whether you’re as curvy as Jessica Simpson or as petite as Jennifer Aniston–are all beauitful! And I loved the pics Miley tweeted, and the way she is described by her boyfriend (who is super cute and is the type to stereotyically only date “skinny girls”) to look at when she’s eating “junk food” by her boyfriend. I love all three examples and plan on using them in the future! 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kate on December 5, 2011 at 08:24

      Love your post pinkpeguin! 🙂 all true!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by RachelMarie on December 1, 2011 at 19:34

      Exactly. Plus, I’ve never liked stick-thin girls. its unnatural. and even if that’s what the media says is “beautiful” all the guys i know like a bit of curve. stick-thin girls have no boobs 😉

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Beautiful Bride on January 10, 2012 at 16:03

        I’m 99 lbs and have curves and breast! Its very offensive to read comments like that when I have struggled with anorexia and am trying to gain weight.

      • GoatyGirl

        Posted by GoatyGirl on December 2, 2011 at 17:20

        AMEN!!!! Who wants to be a stick? 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by girlygirl1234 on December 1, 2011 at 16:14

    I love this! It’s so sad when girls starve them self just to look like celebrities.

  10. jones.dana46

    Posted by jones.dana46 on December 1, 2011 at 14:09

    I’m soo glad that someone is actually speaking out against this this. It’s sad that it has taken so long.