Gone are the days when actresses would take body-shaming comments laying down and let it define their self. So, when a former Vogue writer, talking about 2007’s Met Gala, recalled seeing Jessica Simpson with words like “her breasts maybe fell out of her dress on the red carpet”, the With You singer immediately called out the media outlet for its “nauseating” article that made her feel “body-shamed”.
So, it all began on 4th May, the day Met Gala 2020 was originally scheduled to take place. But as it was postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, publications had been sharing throwback articles and other innovative compilation to mark the day. And thus, Vogue compiled a comprehensive “oral history” of the Met Gala through the years, in the words of celebrities, designers, models like Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell, and more, which also included an excerpt from former Vogue creative digital director Sally Singer.
She particularly remembered actress Jessica Simpson, who attended 2007’s Met Gala with her then-boyfriend, John Mayer. Being a “Poiret: King of Fashion”-themed ball, Simpson wore a plunging, beaded Roberto Cavalli halter-neck gown from which her breasts “maybe fell out” on the red carpet- a description that only got worse as one read further.
“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,” Singer said in the Vogue article. “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.
And, understandably, Jessica Simpson felt “body shamed” by the former Vogue writer
Simpson took to Instagram to call out the outlet for their “inaccurate” and “nauseating” article along with the infamous photo of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.
“I have persevered through shaming my own body and internalizing the world’s opinions about it for my entire adult life,” she wrote. “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.”
Her post went viral as fans of the actress supported her and praised her standing her ground. Given all the negative comments the excerpt generated, Vogue extended its apologies to Jessica Simpson for including such words in their piece.
“We are sorry that Jessica felt body-shamed by the anecdote in our Met piece,” the statement reads. “That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologize for including it.”