Jessica Simpson fires back at Natalie Portman over bikini comments. Jessica Simpson has fired back at actress Natalie Portman after she made comments about the singer’s early days in the music industry.
In an interview with USA Today, Natalie, who plays a pop star in her new film Vox Lux, talked about how sexuality is used to promote new music.
The 37-year-old said: “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. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
While it looks like the actress was just using Jessica as an example, Jessica took it as a personal call-out and has defended herself, saying how ‘disappointed’ she is about Natalie’s comments.
In an Instagram post, she called out Natalie, saying: “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. 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 believed then – and I believe now – that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex.”
The singer went on to urge the Vox Lux actress not to shame other women, saying: “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.
“I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices. In this era of Time’s Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same.”