Jessica Simpson responds after a former Vogue employee made a number of comments about the singer’s breasts at the 2007 Met Gala.
On Monday, on what would have been the 2020 Met Gala, the fashion magazine published an “Oral History” of the annual fundraising event, with attendees and organizers sharing stories and insider tidbits about the so-called “Oscars of fashion.”
In one chapter titled “Never a Dull Moment!,” Sally Singer, former Vogue creative digital director, details an alleged handsy incident with Simpson — dressed in a cleavage-baring Robert Cavalli gown — and her then-boyfriend, John Mayer, at the “Poiret: King of Fashion”-themed ball.
“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,” Singer recalled.
“And John Mayer was putting his hands on them at the dinner table,” Singer alleged. “He kind of reached down and I just remember thinking, ‘Oh, celebrities, feel free to play here. That’s what’s going on.’”
Tuesday on Instagram, Simpson slammed the story as “inaccurate,” and accused Singer of body shaming her.
“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,” Simpson wrote alongside an infamous photo of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield. “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.”
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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.
In response to Simpson’s body-shaming claims, a Vogue representative issued an apology on Tuesday, saying in a statement, “That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologize for including it.”
In March, Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and longtime Met Gala co-chair, announced the 2020 ball — whose theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration” — had been postponed due to the coronavirus.