Over the years, we’ve seen many different stages of Jessica Simpson. As far as celebs go, she’s certainly one of the most relatable. See, when it comes to weight, we know and have all probably experienced firsthand how it fluctuates—”I have been every size there is,” she says in this month’s Women’s Health cover story—and getting ourselves to a healthy point where we feel comfortable, confident, and strong at is a perpetual challenge. So seeing her on the cover of a magazine like this doesn’t just seem like a victory for her, but for all of us.
Of course, getting there wasn’t easy. It’s hard for anyone, but even more so when you’re constantly being photographed by the paparazzi. “Media scrutiny sucks,” she said. “I can’t sit here and say I don’t notice it. I will never understand why people take someone down for what you look like. If I had a character flaw, take me down. But a body flaw? That’s not important.”
Preach girl. We totally feel you. Luckily now, Jessica has come to a point where she loves herself for her and also what she’s worked for. “Recently, since I’ve worked out so hard, I’m also loving my stomach—knowing I grew babies in it, and then having to go through a transformation and just owning it.”
If working out stresses you out, which we totally get, you can try to change the way you look at it. That’s what worked for Jessica, finding workouts already in her day-to-day life. “Before I was a mom, I was dancing on tables at clubs and that was my workout,” she explained. “Now I’m chasing kids. Your bicep curls are picking up your kids…I exercise to clear my head. It makes me stronger on every level.”