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.
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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.