Jessica Simpson has slammed “nauseating” comments made about her figure by a former Vogue editor in an article about the Met Gala.
To commemorate the prestigious annual event, which was due to be held on Monday but has been indefinitely postponed in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the fashion bible published a comprehensive “oral history” of the Met Gala, which featured input from celebrities, designers, and models.
In the lengthy article, former Vogue creative digital director Sally Singer recalled an interaction between Jessica and her then-boyfriend John Mayer at the Poiret: King of Fashion-themed ball back in 2007.
She suggested the singer’s breasts “maybe fell out” of her plunging, beaded Roberto Cavalli gown while she was on the red carpet, and said that the wardrobe malfunction allegedly got worse once Jessica was seated for dinner.
“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,” Sally wrote. “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.'”
However, the 39-year-old hit back at the “inaccurate” article in a post on Instagram on Tuesday and vented her frustration by uploading a copy of the iconic picture of Sophia Loren glaring at Jayne Mansfield’s bosom at a Hollywood party in 1957.
“Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger,” Jessica wrote, noting that she has battled body issues her whole 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.”
However, editors at Vogue quickly issued an apology to the star, insisting the article was never intended to cause her to feel personally attacked.
“We are sorry that Jessica felt body-shamed by the anecdote in our Met piece,” they commented. “That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologise for including it.”