Model Emily Ratajkowski took aim at a Vanity Fair writer on Monday over an old interview with Jessica Simpson which joked about her being 'too fat'
Model Emily Ratajkowski took aim at a Vanity Fair writer on Monday over an old interview with Jessica Simpson which joked about her being ‘too fat’.
Ratajkowski demanded that writer Rich Cohen ‘explain himself’ over the 2009 article in which he wrote that Simpson’s weight was ‘all I could think of’ and seemed to compare her unfavorably with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
It comes amid a separate furore over a resurfaced 2003 interview in which Spears was grilled by Diane Sawyer about her personal life.
‘Joke’s on him now – Jessica Simpson IS a great actress and she’s worth more now than all the women he makes a point of comparing her to in this piece,’ Ratajkowski said on Twitter.
Outraged: Model Emily Ratajkowski, pictured, took aim at a Vanity Fair writer on Monday over an old interview with Jessica Simpson which joked about her being ‘too fat’
Controversy: Ratajkowski said the author of the 2009 article should ‘probably explain himself’ and quoted a passage about Simpson’s weight to which she objected
Author: Rich Cohen, pictured, wrote the 2009 article which angered Ratajkowski
The interview that drew Ratajkowski’s ire was headlined ‘The Jessica Question’ and mentioned her ‘sudden weight gain’ as a ‘danger sign’ in her career.
‘In short, it’s been a bad time for Jessica Simpson: flop, flop, country flop, fat picture,’ the author wrote.
Writing about his interview with Simpson, he said: ‘She didn’t want to talk about her weight, so, of course, that’s all I could think of – it gilded each question in my mind.
‘What are you working on now (that you’re fat)? Do you see yourself as part of a class, with Christina and Britney (or are you too fat)? Do you feel that your relationship with Tony Romo has affected his performance as a quarterback (because you are fat)?.’
This was the passage that Ratajkowski objected to, telling her 1.5million followers that ‘Rich Cohen should probably explain himself’.
It was followed by the statement that there was ‘really no reason to ask about her weight’ because ‘her extra pounds had gone back to whatever their came from’.
But Cohen added that he had ‘hinted at’ questions about her weight, asking about ‘body image in general, physical changes, perception’.
The article also described Simpson as a ‘talented, decent, beautiful person who had reached a dead end’.
Subject: The 2009 Vanity Fair article wrote about Jessica Simpson, pictured, and her weight gain which was described as a ‘danger sign’ in her career
Cohen, also a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a writer of several books, has not responded to the criticism.
Ratajkowski’s outrage comes after Diane Sawyer was accused of ‘sl**-shaming’ in a 2003 interview which features in the new documentary Framing Britney Spears.
Then aged only 22, Britney was questioned by Sawyer about her revealing photoshoots and her recent split from Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake’s solo hit Cry Me A River, a breakup song featuring a blonde woman resembling Spears, had helped fuel rumors about their relationship.
‘He’s gone on television and pretty much said you broke his heart, you did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering,’ Sawyer informed her.
‘What did you do? He’s left the impression that you weren’t faithful, that you betrayed the relationship.’
Furore: Ratajkowski’s comments come amid a separate row over a resurfaced 2003 interview in which Diane Sawyer (right) grilled Britney Spears (left) about her personal life
Spears did not answer directly, adding that she ‘felt really awkward’ about the way the interview was going.
Sawyer also asked about the then-first lady of Maryland’s comment that she would like to ‘shoot’ Britney because of her revealing photoshoots.
Her fans took to social media after the new documentary aired to blast both Timberlake’s behavior in the wake of their breakup and Sawyer’s line of questioning.
‘I think it’s time for Diane Sawyer to issue a public apology to Britney Spears,’ said one viewer.
‘She treated her disgustingly and never once said sorry. Speak up sis. You were VERY wrong for the way you interviewed her.’
Spears is currently in the midst of a protracted legal battle with her father Jamie Spears as she tries to remove him as her conservator.
Her father was given complete control over her assets in 2008, following the singer’s public breakdown.