Jessica Simpson has been calling out body shamers for her entire career, and she’s not going to back down from that any time soon.
Recently, Simpson penned a retort to an oral history of the Met Gala published on Vogue.com, in which former digital creative director Sally Singer shared a memory of the singer and author and then-boyfriend John Mayer at the 2007 Met Gala – a story she is calling out for being “inaccurate” and “nauseating.”
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In the article, published on Monday, May 4, to celebrate what would have been the evening of the 2020 Met Gala (one of many celebrity events canceled due to the ongoing public health situation), a number of celebrities, designers, models and industry leaders shared their personal memories of the event. Singer recalled a story about Simpson appearing to “fall out of” her plunging Roberto Cavalli gown on the red carpet at the 2007 Met Gala, and continued on to say that Mayer and the singer put on a show during the ball’s dinner.
“At 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,” Singer said in the Vogue piece. “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’.”
On Tuesday, May 5, Simpson posted to Instagram to set the record straight on the event.
“Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger,” Simpson wrote, sharing an iconic photo of Sophia Loren side-eying Hollywood frenemy Jayne Mansfield while at a Beverly Hills event in 1957.
The Open Book author added that she’s well above any trash talk about her appearance, but isn’t surprised to see it still happening today.
“But in all seriousness I have persevered through shaming my own body and internalizing the world’s opinions about it for my entire adult life,” Simpson continued. “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.”