Jessica Simpson hits back at ‘body shaming’ comments in Vogue article

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Jessica Simpson has called out Sally Singer for “body shaming” her, describing recent comments by the former Vogue staffer as “nauseating”.

To celebrate the Met Gala 2020, which was set to take place on 4 May but cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, Vogue ran an article on the oral history of the event, in which a series of celebrities, designers, singers and models recalled their experience of the annual ball.

Singer, former digital creative director at Vogue, contributed to the piece, recalling a memory from the 2007 event which was attended by Simpson who she said was about to “fall out of her” Roberto Cavalli dress.

Describing a dinner party at the 2007 event, Singer wrote: “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 has since taken to Instagram to issue a robust response to the comments, accusing Singer of “body shaming”.

Alongside a picture of Sophia Loren “giving evils” to Jayne Mansfield at a Hollywood bash in 1957, she wrote: “Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger.”

“But in all seriousness, I have persevered through shaming my own body and internalising the world’s opinions about it for my entire adult life.”

Simpson went on to add that while she didn’t usually respond to “body shaming” she felt compelled to make a stand.

“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 added.

Vogue has issued an apology for the comments by Singer, who no longer works for the monthly fashion magazine.

“We are sorry that Jessica felt body-shamed by the anecdote in our Met piece,” Vogue said in a statement.

“That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologise for including it.”

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