Jessica Simpson Is the Unexpected Body-Positive Icon We Need

Jessica Simpson Is the Unexpected Body-Positive Icon We Need
Source: AP
Source: AP

"I Wanna Love You Forever." "With You." "Take My Breath Away." That scene in The Newlyweds where she ponders what Chicken of the Sea really is. These are all incredibly important contributions that Jessica Simpson has made to the world. 

Now, as the woman at the head of her own billion-dollar empire (yes, billion), she's letting the world know that not only is she accomplished and business-savvy, but she's also aware of just how hard it can be to find cute clothes if you're plus-sized. 

In an interview with Women's Health, in which she promotes her athleisure brand called The Warm Up that comes in plus sizes, Simpson reveals that because of her much-documented weight fluctuations through the years, she understands what women who may not be a size 0 or 4 or 8 or 10 need from their clothes. 

"I have been every size there is," Simpson said. "I know what looks good on a variety of body types. Every woman should feel like she can wear what the model is wearing down the runway." 

Jessica Simpson
Source: 
Mic/Getty Images

Throughout her career, Simpson has faced harsh criticism centered around her body. Although it's perfectly normal for a human being's weight to change over time, it isn't normal for a young woman in Hollywood. Rather than conform to industry ideals, Simpson has merely focused on her own life, which includes being a mother to two children, and has gradually gotten fitter in the process. 

"Before I was a mom, I was dancing on tables at clubs and that was my workout," she said. "Now I'm chasing kids. Your biceps curls are picking up your kids." 

Obviously though, she hasn't forgotten about the struggles that women who are a size 12 or above face when it comes to fashion and body-shamers. 

"I will never understand why people take someone down for what you look like," she told Women's Health. "If I had a character flaw, take me down. But a body flaw? That's not important."

Jessica Simpson and her husband, Eric Johnson
Source: 
Mic/Getty Images

Simpson now joins the ranks of the many other women in Hollywood who are speaking out about sizeism in fashion, from Melissa McCarthy to Dascha Polanco. She is also taking it one step further, like McCarthy and Rebel Wilson, by ensuring that her brand doesn't contribute to a world where the newest, sparkliest and cutest things are only for women who can fit into a sample size. 

Let this be a lesson to never underestimate Jessica Simpson.  

Read more: 
• Dascha Polanco Has the Perfect Response to Designers Refusing to Outfit Her Curvy Frame
• Here's Why Melissa McCarthy Thinks Plus-Size Clothing Rules are Bullshit
• Rebel Wilson Thinks Plus-Size Clothing Is Awful — and She's Doing Something About It

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Rachel Lubitz

Rachel is a senior Style writer at Mic. She previously worked for The Washington Post's Style section for more than three years. Feel free to contact her at rachel@mic.com.

MORE FROM

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Barack Obama

He also supports same-sex marriage. And abortion rights.

Trump is reportedly looking into pardoning himself. Here’s why that could backfire.

Can the president really pardon himself?

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Barack Obama

He also supports same-sex marriage. And abortion rights.

Trump is reportedly looking into pardoning himself. Here’s why that could backfire.

Can the president really pardon himself?