Jessica Simpson's weight gain: PW's inaugural 'ShePop' post

Jsimpson02_lJessica Simpson‘s the new Jennifer Love Hewitt, thanks to some much curvier photos of the pop singer performing at a recent Florida chili cook-off. The pics have prompted all kinds of internet talk about her weight — and we’re not about to pile onto that or condone it, of course. If the girl wants to eat chili — if she finds the country music scene more forgiving of non-stick-figures, if she likes sharing Southern cooking with much-discussed boyfriend Tony Romo — then God bless her for not starving herself. (God bless her also for just enjoying being ridiculously gorgeous, whatever her size.) But it also begs the question, in this very specific case: When a star has made herself famous by selling her personal life, where will the public dissection stop? And if you’re a conspiracy theorist (one who reads lots of tabloids), you might even wonder if she wants us to be having this exact discussion right now…?

(Check out some more curvy-Simpson photos after the jump.)

This also represents our first post in the category we like to call ShePop — because we’re clever like that — in which we’ll offer up a thinking woman’s perspective on stuff that’s wont to otherwise be shoved into a “girly” corner. We’ll discuss and debate everything that inspires us, enrages us, or even makes us laugh (we’re looking at you, Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig).

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  • Nancee

    SHE LOOKS FINE! Maybe she’s had a few extra helpings of ice cream, but she looks fine! I’m all for ShePop, but let’s not fall prey (especially as women!) to the media lie that because she’s not a size zero she’s fat! Come on! Bring on Tina Fey and Kristin Wiig. This is borderline TMZ material.

  • Jen

    JS is doing herself no favors with that outfit. It makes her look fat. her boobs are sagging (wear a bra dear) and the high wasted jeans with the wide belt.. for shame. Fire your stylist Jessica. She may have gotten thicker but she doesn’t have to look it.

  • Annatree

    She looks ok. She look like she is enjoying life.

  • Sara

    If she wants to gain a little weight, more power to her. But please wear something a little more flattering. It looks like she’s wearing Mom Jeans!

  • Reg

    She looks great. Period.

  • Anonymous

    She looks just fine, but those pants are hideous.

  • HollyBolly

    the real crime is the belt

  • mandy

    I think Jessica looks great. Truly happy. Curves are good! Jessica please don’t lose any weight! You look great!

  • Amy

    It’s not her weight that appears to me to be as much of an issue as her horrible taste in clothes. Mom jeans with a belt that’s way too high and a bra that is not supporting her girls the way they need to be. Most women would love to have a body like heres is now. Nothing wrong with it at all. She just needs to shop with Stacy and Clinton and they’ll turn her style around!

  • Michael Martinello

    What a cow!

  • Kaiulani

    I am disappointed that the inaugural ShePop post has to do with weight. Can we actually talk about something that is not so superficial?

  • Bertie

    That whole outfit it just awful!!

  • Sara

    She looks fine (well…her body does, the clothes not so much), but I think we need to stop acting like “fat” is this negative term. Some people are skinny, some are fat, and using it as a descriptor, rather than an insult with all these other connotations, would be great.
    That said, bring on ShePop! Yay discussing “girly” issues.

  • boogie

    the outfit is just super unflattering and pushing up her flesh and making her look big. she’s gain a few pounds, but sheet! so did i this holiday season.

  • flicketyflack

    High waisted jeans are not for the short of torso. It’s a style misstep, is all. She’s not the fittest gal in the world but she’s not fat either.
    Seeing as Jessica’s publicist made sure the photos were featured at the People website and other blogs I’d say yes, they want the publicity from this discussion. They probably want to send the message that Jessica’s SO happy with her boyfriend (did you know that she has a boyfriend?) who makes her feel so secure (he plays football!) that she doesn’t worry anymore about being stick thin (he’s the Dallas Cowboys quarterback!!).
    It’s all she’s got because her country music career hasn’t exactly been doing great. Her album spent only 2 months in the top 200 and has sold only 165,000 copies or so since being released in September and her 2nd single flopped at country radio. She did get a gig opening for Rascal Flatts but live singing’s not exactly her strong suit these days either.

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