Jessica Simpson Says She Feels ‘a Little Like Jayne Mansfield’ After Body-Shaming Comments From Vogue Staffer
Jessica Simpson isn’t going to let anyone body-shame her.
The singer stood up for herself after a Vogue staffer claimed Simpson’s breasts were falling out of her dress when she attended the Met Gala with then-boyfriend John Mayer. In an Instagram post, the Open Book author called Sally Singer’s recollections of the night “inaccurate.” She expressed disappointment that the other woman took the opportunity to slam her in a “much-anticipated” Vogue article.
Jessica Simpson attended the Met Gala in 2007
Simpson attended the Met Gala — aka “the biggest night in fashion” — in 2007. She donned a shimmery halter dress with a plunging v-neck by Roberto Cavalli. According to Singer, now Vogue’s creative digital director, Simpson experienced a serious wardrobe malfunction while wearing the revealing gown.
“One year Jessica Simpson was there with John Mayer,” Singer said in the magazine’s oral history of the Met Gala. “She was wearing Roberto Cavalli and her breasts maybe fell out of her dress on the red carpet.”
Later, Singer sat at the same table as Simpson and Mayer at dinner. She claimed the couple put on quite a show.
“[A]t dinner it was suddenly like, whoa, Jessica Simpson’s breasts are across from me at the dinner table and they are on a platter and I’m looking at them. And John Mayer was putting his hands on them at the dinner table. He kind of reached down and I just remember thinking, Oh, celebrities, feel free to play here. That’s what’s going on.”
Simpson isn’t here for Singer’s side-eye
After Singer offered her recollections of attending the Met Gala with Simpson, the “Irresistible” singer defended herself. She shared a famous 1957 photo of actresses Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield. In the picture, a smiling Mansfield looks at the camera while Loren seems to shoot her a dismissive, judgmental look.
“Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger,” Simpson wrote.
“I have persevered through shaming my own body and internalizing the world’s opinions about it for my entire adult life,” she added. “To read this much anticipated article about the classiest fashion event there is and have to be shamed by another woman for having boobs in 2020 is nauseating.”
Vogue apologizes to Simpson
Simpson’s fans were quick to take her side, commenting that she shouldn’t have to feel ashamed of her body. Many called her beautiful. Others said it was unfortunate that Singer chose that moment to remember. They criticized Vogue for including it in the oral history of the event.
After the outcry, Vogue apologized to Simpson. “We are sorry that Jessica felt body-shamed by the anecdote in our Met piece,” the magazine said in a statement to Today. “That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologize for including it.”
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