Jessica Simpson explores The Price of Beauty in a new globe-trotting VH1 series that explores the definition of beauty in different cultures across the world.
The series, due March 15, includes trips to Japan, Thailand, France, Brazil, Uganda, Morocco and India, and allowed Simpson to interview “Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and how they define beauty,” Simpson says.
One episode follows reconstructive surgery for a girl with a cleft palate. “There’s lots of laughter and lots of tears but lots of beautiful women,” she says.
Her favorite place? “I personally loved Morocco. I originally thought of Morrocan women as repressed,” she says. CaCee Cobb, Simpson’s’ former assistant and pal who also appears in the show, liked Uganda, where the pair were told they’d have to gain lots of weight to be considered truly pretty.
“Beauty is an easy thing to become obsessed with in our society,” Simpson says. “The pressures put on women today … it changed me completely, because I haven’t always had an inner confidence. I have always had something I wanted to fix because I thought there was somebody who looked better. If you watch the show, you will definitely see my life change.”
Her dad, Joe Simpson, a producer on the show, says he hopes Price will lead people to take the singer, actress and reality-TV star more seriously. “All you see is the beauty, and you don’t see the heart,” he says. “People judge her looks instead of finding out who the person is. I saw her regain that confidence on this show.”