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Jessica Simpson Gets Honest About Her Body and Beauty Standards

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Jessica Simpson has long shared her life with audiences, whether through her music, television show, book or social media. Her openness is one of the many things we love about the star. Like many celebrities, her body has often been a topic of conversation for the public, but she’s recently spoken about the matter on her own terms.

The Ozempic trend is rife within the celebrity community. In November commenters voiced their unsolicited opinions that Simpson looked “too skinny” in photos. When Ozempic comes up in conversation with Bustle Simpson makes it clear that was not the cause of her weight loss. “Oh, Lord. I mean, it is not,” she says of the weight-loss drug. “It’s willpower. I’m like, do people want me to be drinking again? Because that’s when I was heavier. Or they want me to be having another baby? My body can’t do it.”

Although Simpson admits scrutiny hurts her, she refuses “to let the negativity derail” her. “I’m too old for that. I am too connected to myself right now to let that derail me. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt,” she says. She reflects on how her weight fluctuations are a result of life experiences including hormonal changes, alcohol abuse and side effects from psychiatric medications. She sees her weight shifts as a positive thing for her business and mental health. “I am fortunate to have been every size,” she says. “For [my] brand, understanding the women [who buy our products], and for my psyche.”

The star is working toward being more deliberate about what she puts out in the world, specifically on social media. She’s now considering it through the viewpoint of “How do I want to raise my daughters?” This means she has to kick the habit of using FaceApp. Although it might make a photo look better in the moment, she’s recently been thinking “What has done that to me? What is that doing to my daughter? What we’re doing on social media is creating this idea of what is beautiful and setting up our lives artificially—to look good for who?”

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