Jessica Simpson has faced her fair share of post-baby body scrutiny since she signed on to be a Weight Watchers spokesperson in 2011. This morning, the now mother of two admitted to Today that those unsolicited remarks hurt—as they would anyone, celebrity or not—and we love her strong response: “It wasn’t really my priority to please the public and make them feel like I’m supposed to be looking like I did when I was 25.” Hear, hear!
When Matt Lauer asked Jessica if she felt added pressure to lose her baby weight quickly because she was formerly a “sex symbol,” she dispelled Lauer’s assumption that sexy must go hand-in-hand with skinny.
“I don’t think that I wasn’t still a sex symbol [with the weight],” she said. “To my husband, I was still extremely sexy.”
Now, thanks in part to the criticism (and yes, probably because she works for Weight Watchers), Jessica feels “empowered to rise above and stand up for all the women out there that do have trouble losing the weight.”
And we think that’s great. All too often, celebrities are applauded for how quickly they’re able to shed their baby weight (thank you, trainers, chefs, and nutritionists), which sets unrealistic expectations for the rest of us. We admire Jessica for keeping it real about the fact that losing weight is a process—and that it’s up to you and no one else to manage that process how you see fit.