Jessica Simpson has called out an article in Vogue for “body shaming” her, describing comments within the feature as “nauseating.”
To celebrate the Met Gala 2020, which was set to take place on 4 May but was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the fashion bible ran an article on the oral history of the event.
In the article, published on Vogue’s website, the magazine’s former creative digital director, Sally Singer recalled Simpson’s appearance at the gala in 2007, alongside her then-boyfriend John Mayer.
She wrote: “One year Jessica Simpson was there with John Mayer. She was wearing Michael Kors and her breasts maybe fell out of her dress on the red carpet…and then at dinner it was suddenly like, whoa, Jessica Simpson’s breasts are across from me at the dinner table and they are on a platter and I’m looking at them.
“And John Mayer was putting his hands on them at the dinner table. He kind of reached down and I just remember thinking, Oh, celebrities, feel free to play here. That’s what’s going on.”
Simpson, 39, has since taken to Instagram to issue a response to the comments, describing the account as “inaccurate” and accusing the article of “body shaming” her.
Sharing a picture of tragic Hollywood star Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren at an event in 1957, as Loren appears to be looking at her cleavage Simpson explained she was “Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger.”
Simpson went on to explain that she has “persevered” through body shaming for all her adult life and while she didn’t usually respond to it she felt compelled to make a stand this time.
“To read this much-anticipated article about the classiest fashion event there is and have to be shamed by another woman for having boobs in 2020 is nauseating,” she concluded her powerful post.
Vogue has since issued an apology for the comments by Singer, who no longer works for the monthly fashion magazine.
A Vogue representative told Today the publication was sorry that Simpson felt body-shamed by the anecdote. “That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologise for including it.”
Additional reporting PA.