Jessica Simpson Calls Out Natalie Portman For Body Shaming

Jessica Simpson is not here for Natalie Portman’s comments on a bikini photo of her’s from years ago.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Natalie Portman recalled the “virgin/vixen” trend that was enforced in the late 90s and early 00s. “I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused,” Portman said. “Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”

Turns out Jessica isn’t here for Natalia’s shade about her virginal bikini photo shoot. She took to Twitter to express in length how she felt about Natalie’s comment.

“I was disappointed this morning when I read that I ‘confused’ you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999,” Jessica wrote. “As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in.”

“However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believe then-and I believe now- that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex,” the former pop star continued. “I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want. The power lies within us as individuals.”

Natalie has yet to respond to Jessica’s post, considering it has been up for less than an hour. Did you like Jessica’s response?


Natalie has responded to Jessica’s post and apologized for her quote. She explained further what she meant and that growing up the mixed messages from the media confused her and didn’t mean to shame Jessica.

“Thank you for your words. I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged,” Natalie commented on Jessica’s Instagram post. “I only meant to say I was confused – as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time – by the media’s mixed messages about how girls and women were supposed to behave.”

Natalie continued, “I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for ay hurt my words may have caused. I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe.”

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