In 2007, Jessica Simpson attended the Met Gala (seen above with Roberto Cavalli, who made her dress). There’s one thing that sticks out to me about Jessica’s look more than a decade later, and it’s pretty obvious. That Clairol Natural Instincts brown is definitely not Jessica’s color. But for former Vogue digital director Sally Singer, it’s Jessica’s open-faced Chestica situation. Sally recently wrote about Jessica’s Met Gala boobs for Vogue’s online oral history of the Met Gala. Jessica didn’t love it and had something to say about it.
Sally recounted the time she was seated at the same table as Jessica Simpson and her date for the evening, John Mayer. Little did Jessica know that when she showed up to the Met Gala that year, she’d be unknowingly starring in a reboot of that picture of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield. Sally explains:
“One year Jessica Simpson was there with John Mayer. She was wearing Roberto Cavalli and her breasts maybe fell out of her dress on the red carpet…and then 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. 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.'”
Jessica used the picture of Sophia sid-eyeing Jayne’s tableside titties to illustrate how she felt about what Sally wrote for Vogue:
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Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger (https://www.vogue.com/article/the-complete-met-gala-oral-history) 😜…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. 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.
Jessica is no stranger to defending herself against body haters on Instagram. Two years ago, Jessica squared up against Natalie Portman after Natalie dragged a 19-year-old Jessica for appearing on the cover of a magazine in a bikini while being a virgin. Jessica argued that there’s nothing wrong or slutty about being sexy in a bikini. Natalie later apologized, saying she shouldn’t have named Jessica by name to illustrate her point.
A rep from Vogue has responded to Jessica’s accusation of body shaming, and they’re sorry about it. via WWD:
“That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologize for including it.”
Frankly, I’m shocked that Anna Wintour didn’t personally edit out Sally’s story. After all, Anna enthusiastically welcomes tits on the Met Gala red carpet. And while Vogue is sorry, Sally hasn’t yet responded to Jessica’s Instagram post with an apology or a clarification, and who even knows if she will. But if Sally does apologize, it should go something like this:
“I’m sorry Jessica that I shat all over your gorgeous tits. I’m a bitter titty hater. The only boob we should be embarrassed about seeing that night is John Mayer.”