Despite a natural beauty that helped her become a star, Jessica Simpson has been ridiculed for her appearance throughout her career. One day she’s too thin, the next too curvy. One day her nose is too bumpy, the next her cellulite is deemed unsightly.
Enough is enough. Now Jessica, 29, is fighting back against the haters with the empowering new VH1 reality show The Price of Beauty. Joined by her best pals, CaCee Cobb and Ken Paves, Jess travels the globe uncovering the extremes regular women go to in the name of beauty — from being force-fed milk in Uganda to donning head-to-toe geisha garb in Japan.
Life & Style was front and center on Jan. 15 at The Price of Beauty’s Television Critics Association news conference in LA, where Jessica opened up about her life-changing experiences. “There’s lots of laughter. There’s a lot of tears,” says Jess. “It was a very powerful journey.”
What are your thoughts on beauty?
Beauty is a very easy thing to become obsessed with in our society.
Has the show changed how you view yourself?
Going around the world and seeing all of these incredibly courageous women really inspired all of us to find the best within ourselves. Now I walk around with so much more pride in who I am as a woman, as a person. We all just discovered so much about what life really, really is and what beauty actually means.
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