“The Price of Beauty” Petite Celeb Jessica Simpson on Oprah Winfrey

A short time ago, Jessica Simpson was interviewed by Oprah on the ‘Own” network to talk about her personal experiences living with the prying eyes of the paparazzi and constant tabloid slams over her weight. The central focus was about”Beauty Around the World.”

Jessica shared her thoughts about her disrespectful Hollywood ex-boyfriend John Mayer, who infamously compared having sex with Jessica to “crack” in a recent Playboy interview.

Jessica said, “I felt betrayed. It made me so sad and it was really discouraging because that’s not the John that I knew,” she said, ” I hope he gets
his life together.”  Jessica is clearly mortified over the latest onslaught of disgusting headlines and feels betrayed by John.  Jessica goes on to say, “he did apologize. I don’t accept it.  It’s just one of those things that… I don’t resent him.  I’m just going to let that go.  That part of my life is over.”  Clearly no woman would appreciate an ex-sharing intimate details of their relationship… how classless!

Jessica also discussed candidly what it is like to have the media plaster her photos everywhere and call her “fat!”  The misconceptions and exaggerations exploiting female celebrities have become big business for the mainstream news rags.  It’s a sad commentary on our society when people look at a talented petite beauty like Jessica Simpson and refer to her size 4 or 6 as “fat.”

Jessica recalled the infamous chili cook off event she attended in a pair of “mom jeans” coined by the media.  As she stated on Oprah’s show “I love my curves.  I am 5’3”, I’m not going to ever be a size o, and I don’t want to weigh 90 pounds,” she says.  “The fact that I was famous last year for gaining ten pounds, it’s ridiculous, and it’s really sad. It’s really hard thing for me to talk about because I celebrate women of all sizes.  I think we are all beautiful.”


Jessica believes beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and faces.  As a result of Jessica’s personal experiences, she has decided to do a reality show on  VH1 called “The Price of Beauty,” where she traveled the world with her friends Ken Paves and Cacee Cobb to discover how beauty translates to other parts of the continent.  Unfortunately, it was canceled seemingly due in large part that consumers aren’t interested in beauty and how it effects women around the world.

Her beauty consultant Ken Paves was mortified after exploring the definition of beauty around the world, “I actually came back a bit embarrassed and a bit ashamed of the industry I’m in.  Because the industry I’ve been a part of and was so proud of in the beginning has alienated so many people and done exactly what’s done to petite Jessica and many other women. It’s made women everywhere feel like they don’t fit within that idea of beauty.”  Jessica and Ken came back home with an enlightened perspective of America’s beauty industry.  Ken says, ” he feels this reality show reinforced their belief that real women and real beauty should be celebrated.”

Bella Petite Ushering in a New Breed

There has been plenty, of discussion on Bella Petite regarding discriminatory height standards practiced by companies like Victoria Secret and majority of retailers worldwide.  The current fashion magazines are some of the main culprits concocting a distorted image that being tall and thin (anorexic) is the accepted look.  It is interesting how weight is a hot topic.

Rarely is there any discussion about how petite women are portrayed so negatively by the industry though fit or full figured petite women are suffering the greatest from the lack of positive recognition.

Being a petite woman is seemingly embarrassing by many women.  Consequently, no one wants to admit their actual height as a result. Noth celebrities and models constantly exaggerate their height.   The mainstream media refuses to discuss the blatant “height” discrimination the fashion and baeuty industry practices.

The Bella Petite fashion initiative wants you to share your thoughts about the  height, age and weight extremes commonly practiced by industry insiders. We think you shold follow good common sense practices when it comes determining a healthy look and .  The worst idealization perpetrated by the is that women have been indcotinated should be “amazons and anorexic,” even though 5’9″ women only represent 3% of women worldwide.

It’s time we usher in a new breed of models and positive self-identity for real women.  We can establish new standards around the world.  As a petite woman, you need to join organizations which advocate your look.  The current fashion magazines are a dying breed.  Women everywhere are in desperate need of change.

For part two on this segment of “Beauty Around The World,” Lisa Ling heads to China and discovers how “American Beauty” has infected Chinese women.

Written by: Ann Lauren

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