Entertainer and business mogul Jessica Simpson has always been incredibly candid about the pressures of being in the spotlight and her body image struggles, not least in her memoir and on social media. However, her recent bikini selfie, which she used as a jumping point to discuss her change in weight, has been met with a mixed responses.

The 41-year-old fashion designer took to Instagram on April 7 to post a picture of herself wearing a pink paisley print bikini from her collection and share with her 5.8 million followers what the moment meant to her.

“I have gained and lost 100lbs 3x so I never thought this moment could or would happen, but I’m finally spring breakin’ wearin’ a BIKINI!!!!!!” she wrote in the caption. “Hard work Determination Self Love I enjoyed a good proud cry today.”

The mom-of-three was consistently scrutinized by the media for her weight loss or weight gain over the years — criticism that was certainly unwarranted. Simpson finally threw out the body-shaming narrative and her scale after she was beating herself up for the weight she gained during her third pregnancy.

“Here I was, creating life, this miracle baby that we didn’t expect but welcomed because we knew she was exactly who we needed to complete our family,” she wrote for Amazon Original Stories, via E! News. “My heart literally beat for hers. I looked down at my belly, which was all I could see back then anyway, then over to the scale. ‘This,’ I said aloud, ‘is not right.’”

Telling the scale, “goodbye,” she made a powerful declaration about owning her story and her health journey, “I don’t care if you’re broken. I’m not.” That moment changed her life and she put in the work to have a healthy relationship with her body — nobody can control how she feels about herself now because she’s in command.

Many were quick to praise Simpson and agreed that she’s absolutely entitled to post about her personal journey and weight loss on her own social channels. Others remarked that they were inspired by hearing her story, too.

“Amazing accomplishment-not just the weight but the self-confidence,” one person wrote. “Love to see it! And you look great!!”

“I’m almost at 100lbs down, and my stomach looks like a melted candle,” wrote another fan. “You are so lucky.”

Others were simply inspired by Simpson’s success.

“As someone struggling with weight loss myself, this is definitely an inspiration to me,” the fan wrote.

However, there was a select group that ridiculed Simpson for losing weight.

“I’m saddened by this photo,” wrote someone else. “You are way too thin to the point of malnourishment. I hope you realize that your beauty is not your weight, and the best gift you can give your children is to not equate weight/looks with self-worth.”

“Nice — That’s what being rich and (having) a personal trainer gets ya,” added another person.

Sources: AWM, E! News

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