So, About This Jessica Simpson Elle Cover...

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There's much being said about the April issue of Elle magazine, which features Dallas' own Jessica Simpson as the latest star to pose nude and pregnant on the cover of a magazine. Because there's apparently no other way to photograph a woman with child than nude on the cover of a women's fashion magazine. Oh hey, the cover tells us big hair is back!

Much of the chatter is coming from tabloid blogs, and for many of them, the just-as-infantalizing noun "baby bump" is ingrained in their vocabulary. Yes, LOL, she's nude! OMG, she revealed the sex of the baby she made with an NFL star! But this cover raises a bigger question, especially in a week where Rush Limbaugh has been lashing out at single, educated women who would like to have access to birth control like we're piñatas filled with Oxycontin.

Why do we feel the need to sexualize expectant (and non-expectant) pop stars this way, and in the same exact pose as Demi Moore and Britney Spears, no less. Have we not evolved past that? Why are women with some level of success forever relegated to the same cliché poses? Sandra Fluke was called a slut because she wants birth control to be covered by health insurance. On the other end of that argument, we've got Jessica Simpson saying of her unborn daughter: "I swear I will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!" (Don't worry, there's an alternate cover of her clothed as well.)

Yes, I know Elle's not the most feminist of magazines. There to the right of Simpson's blond weave is the headline about "Everything Beauty," which goes on to hype "which products and procedures really work." Can't find the right face cream? Just get a few nips and tucks.

Another problematic bit from the "behind the scenes" interview: "Eric is so athletic. We're gonna have this athletic girl and I won't even be able to take her shopping." Way to unfairly label your unborn child, J-Simps!

And then, and then, and then this. Elle's circulation is in the millions, and the message to women and girls who are reading is if you're rich and famous enough, taste shouldn't matter, right?

Happy International Women's Day!



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ALP4367
ALP4367

I'm sorry but the writer of this article and most of the comments I've read so far from the readers just sound like a bunch of jealous, envious, haters that obviously wish they looked as good as JS.  Honestly, your thoughts are so transparent.

janesa kevin
janesa kevin

Thats a very good idea always take a pic of how you want your hair because stylist are professionals but they will do it how they like it not u and the opposite!! 

Kris B.
Kris B.

For goodness sake. It's Elle and Jessica Simpson. They're catering to their demographic. Yes, the shoot is glamorizing celebrity pregnancy; that's the sole purpose of Elle, to glamorize celebs. If this is a "critique of the bigger media machine that's furthering celebrity pregnancy,"  then it seems kind of a pointless exercise. Celeb pregnancy isn't a trending hot topic. Celebrity fans love bearing witness to every intimate detail they can get their hands on in the life of their fave stars, including pregnancy. This isn't news. The problem I see here isn't this shoot, it's this post. Why the sudden righteous outrage over a nude pregnant hottie celeb photo? The only impact this has on the current debate over women and contraception is that people like you make a correlation where there should be none and then get all up in arms over Jessica Simpson, distracting from a very real and serious debate that has nothing to do with Daisy Mae and her shopaholic tendencies. Yes, this is "a very scary time when mandatory ultrasound legislation is being forced on women, and when many pregnant women can't even receive the proper care they need." And your point is? Many not-pregnant women can't afford vital things they need, but that isn't what Elle or Simpson are about, and they've never pretended otherwise. The insanity and inanity of the contraception debate is the responsibility of the people who throw the names and vitriol, not fashion magazines. Blast Limbaugh & Co., not freaking Jessica Simpson. Sure, there is much the fashion industry has to answer for in terms of the damage inflicted by their skewed sense of beauty, but this adds nothing new to that dialogue. Your frustration is justified, but aimed at the wrong people. There are people and institutions deserving of the anger behind this rant; Elle and Simpson aren't among them.

And just because someone doesn't have a particular aptitude or concern for grammar doesn't make their point less valid. It's a blog comment, not a journalistic article. Find another hipster high horse to ride upon. This one's way old, and the grammar slap loses much of its sting when the snarky person pointing it out can't even bother to write in complete sentences (there is nothing like anonymous snobbery to make my eyes roll).

Mixmaster
Mixmaster

This would never have happened on a cover of Sassy; that's for damn sure.

PhilanderingMoustache
PhilanderingMoustache

Way to infer all your mental and emotional baggage on this ditzy picture.  I've been pregnant before and I don't see anything wrong with this photo.  Then again, I'm not a dumbass that thinks everything vomited by the media is real.  This is a fashion magazine devoted to fantasies, not reality.  It is an escape from the mundane.  It's not fucking National Geographic.

clip it!
clip it!

you guys and this shit is everything that's fucked in the head with modern culture. 

Tiolazz
Tiolazz

I think she looks beautiful.  And she should be proud of her baby bump. 

Real Chic
Real Chic

 I can't believe Dallas is still so bullying Jessica. So sad. This is a beautiful shoot & the magnificent pic of her & her fiance is classy,intimate & a wonderful moment. This shoot was done 2 months ago. I wish ya all would wait for the whole Article before passing judgement & why is it women always attack other women. You would think Jess is the only one that did it. She is extremly happy, wanting to share like many women & very proud as she should be. Dallas should be far more supportive of there own.

 Today it appears Jess line in clothing & shoes has now passed 1.2 billion in Sales. Jessica is real, very funny, not self absorbed, very kind, warm heart & very giving. She is also self depricating & laughs at herself all the time. She puts on no errors & does not claim to think she is something she is not or better then anyone else. Dallas sit up & take notice. Your missing out on a great girl one of your own that many in Dallas won't open there eyes to. Very sad indeed.

Brandi 'Dilling' Thompson
Brandi 'Dilling' Thompson

Pregnant women take nude or almost nude maternity photos all the time. And yes, photographers photoshop them because hey, everybody wants to feel good about themselves, right? I don't see it as sexual at all. As far as her comment, yes it's a little sexist but it's Jessica Simpson, what do you expect, she doesn't come across as the brightest bulb in the box. I think she looks beautiful though. 

bh
bh

Great post. I want more like this, Audra! And, big ups to Steve for his counterpoints on body image.

Steve
Steve

I don't think she's sexualizing anything.   Hasn't she caught enough shit from vultures berating her about the shape of her body since she's been pregnant?

I think she's saying, "yep, this is a pregnant human body."    I look at that picture and I'm all "awww,"  not "hey, there!" And don't think for a second that we wouldn't have seen one of these from Beyonce, but she has never been pregnant.  That was like a seven week gestation period, B.

Whatever
Whatever

 And you are here defending a fat cow who did nothing but get fucked by a brain damaged asshole. Good job. Oh, and to the writer. Go fuck yourself with your faux-feminism.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 Careful with the eye roll, your eyes might get stuck.

Suckmy*****
Suckmy*****

 Yes, but nobody wants to see your nasty worn out body, bitch.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 That's no baby bump, that thing is ready to pop!!!!

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

A photo in a fashion magazine is the antithesis of intimate.

Far from classy, *they're* attention whores.

There,  their,  they're. Figure it out.

Audra Schroeder
Audra Schroeder

This piece wasn't an attack on her body. I'm sure she's a wonderful woman. It was a critique of the bigger media machine that's furthering celebrity pregnancy as hot spring trend in a very scary time when mandatory ultrasound legislation is being forced on women, and when many pregnant women can't even receive the proper care they need.

bh
bh

I don't think she was attacking Jessica Simpson. I think Audra rightly points out that - no matter how great or "bad" a pregnant woman looks - the experience is cheapened when a pregnant body is flashed, naked (and in no way artistically) across a fashion magazine as if this is some to-die-for trend. I think there is a problem with pregnancy is glamorized - in this particular way - but it's by no mean Jessica Simpson's fault that the problem exists.

Now, her comments on athletic women are another thing...

HEY YOU, IN THE BACK
HEY YOU, IN THE BACK

The difference between Beyonce and Jessica Simpson is we know why Beyonce is famous. We're still not sure why Simpson is.

Audra Schroeder
Audra Schroeder

Yes, it is a pregnant human body, and one that has been heavily, heavily Photoshopped to create a perfect image. And yes, some people will think, "awwww." but I don't know very many pregnant women who would respond well to that.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 Thank you.  Nothing like someone going on and on about something and using the wrong spelling to make a point.  Spell check doesn't work unless you can spell too.

hilarious
hilarious

buah ha ha ha ha ha ha...awesome

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 There should be stretch marks on her boobs, butt and stomach.  Yep, good photoshop work.

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