Body positivity is a hot topic these days. Bustle's very own Marie Southard Ospina wrote a great article about body positivity, size inclusivity, and what those both mean for a society that's long valued women based on appearance. Just as larger gals shouldn't be stereotyped for carrying extra weight, slim girls shouldn't be judged for lacking curves. Body positivity promotes the simple concept of accepting and appreciating people for exactly the body they are in.
To that end, it's easy to love Jessica in all her stages. She's been slim, sleek muscle—as evidenced in her Daisy Duke days— and she's been a full and fertile mama during her two pregnancies. Is one better than the other? Not at all. Just like Jessica, many women fluctuate throughout their lives in shape and size. All too often self-confidence is tied to these fluctuations. Getting empowered can mean loving a body exactly as it is.
So, let's hear it for Jessica and 12 of the times she spoke up for herself and her body.
1. On Creating A Clothing Line That Suits Many Shapes
"I've been all kinds of sizes and ... being a mom, I feel like people just can relate to me. I feel like it's very important for people to be able to relate to someone that is a fashion designer," Simpson told Today Show.
2. On Being A Role Model To Her Daughter With Her Words And Her Actions
Jessica Simpson took to GoodyBlog on Parents to share this: "Raising Maxwell makes me realize that I don’t want her to see me beat myself up for things like food choices or numbers on a scale. I don’t want her to learn anything like that from me. Those things don’t determine who we are and instead make us feel terrible about ourselves. I want to teach her to value herself, listen to herself and tune out the world. I want her to know her value, rather than spending her energy fighting negative voices from within. I want to teach her to figure out what is truly right for her rather than worrying about what anyone else thinks."
3. On Motherhood Shifting Her Perception Of What's Important
"As a mom I just have this confidence and I just feel so proud of what I've done and what I've accomplished...I don't want to give her (Maxwell) any false perception of what is real...it is important to love yourself and know yourself," Simpson said on Good Morning America.
4. On Negative Media Fueling Her To Do Things Her Way
During an appearance on the Today show, Simpson told Matt Lauer that the negative press, "empowered me to rise above and stand up for all the women out there that do have trouble losing the weight."
5. On Growing Out Of Old People Pleasing Ways
During that same interview with Lauer, Simpson said, "It wasn't really my priority to please the public and make them feel like I'm supposed to be looking like I did when I was 25."
6. On The Madness Of 2009
"The fact that I was famous last year for gaining 10 pounds, it's ridiculous, and it's really sad," Simpson told Oprah.
7. On Being Honest About How Hurtful Words Can Be
Simpson said this on Today: "I have feelings and hormones. I got emotional about it at times, but if anything I just kind of wanted to be a champion for other women and say, 'We can do this.'"
8. On Using Weight Watchers To Slim Down
"I didn’t have a weight goal; I just wanted to look healthy," preached Simpson in an interview with InStyle.
9. On Feeling Good About Being Physical
10. On Getting Into Life
11. On Embracing Life
12. On Being A Woman
"I'm interested in learning more about myself and what I value in myself and letting that be the beautiful part of me, rather than putting on the makeup or wearing the right designer. It really is about the heart of a woman that makes her beautiful" Simpson said during an episode of The Price Of Beauty on VH1.