Jessica Simpson opens up about the pressure to ‘look perfect’

Jessica Simpson, once adored by fans for both her voice and her curves, has been spared no mercy by the media for her fluctuating weight and failed relationships.

It comes as no suprprise that the star’s self esteem has taken a heavy knock after being the target of unrelenting criticism and harsh words for a number of years.

At the annual Women’s Conference Simpson opened up about what it’s like to be on the receiving end of such unkind words:”I went through a really hard time, a couple years back with peope just harping on the pressure of how to look perfect – obviously using me and my weight. It was a tabloid frenzy.”

“There’s no way you’re not going to be affected by the ugly things people say about you,” Simpson told USA Today at the conference in Longbeach, California. “It’s very hurtful. It defintiely brings up a lot of your own insecurities.”

But things have taken a positive turn for the 30 year old and Jessica says she is now the “happiest I’ve ever been” after learning to love herself.

Jessica credits her family, friends and love for getting her through hard times. And her relationship former NFL player Eric Johnson hasn’t done her any harm either: “He definitely makes me very happy. He brings out a lot of light in me and makes me very comfortable being who I am. “It’s nice to be with somebody who praises you for the right reasons.”

Earlier this year, the star appeared in a new reality TV series on VH1 called The Price of Beauty, where she travelled around the world finding out how far people are prepared to go in order to look good. The singer now plans to start a new show that will focus less on beauty and more on the non-phsyical aspects of confidence.

Other celebrities who have battled weight issues include Sarah Rue, Nia Vardalos, Drew Carey,  Kyra Sedgwick and John Goodman.

Read about Rachel Leigh Cook voicing her concerns about the negative impact the media has on young girls and women.

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