Jessica Simpson Speaks Out on How Filters Are Distorting Beauty Standards Today

The singer-actress shared her thoughts on photo alterations with Bustle online magazine.
Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson.

In a recent interview with online magazine Bustle, singer-actress Jessica Simpson discussed everything from returning to music to life in the public eye. The 43-year-old mom of three also reflected on how beauty filters are damaging perceptions of beauty. 

She noted that today she often thinks about social media through the eyes of her daughters, Maxwell, 11; and Birdie, 4. In the interview, she reflected on recently using FaceApp to alter a selfie before uploading it to Instagram.

“I’m like, Oh, that makes it look a little bit better. Oh, that makes it a little bit better,” Simpson shared. “What has done that to me? What is that doing to my daughter? What we’re doing on social media is creating this idea of what is beautiful and setting up our lives artificially—to look good for who?”

The “I Think I’m in Love With You” singer shared a selection of photos from her feature with Bustle on Instagram on Thursday to major fanfare.

“I want to know what’s her secret! She literally aged backwards,” one person observed.

“OMG! I wanna love you forever 1999 vibes 😍🙌❤️,” someone else added.

“Always will be a queen,” another fan noted. “Thank you for always being you.”

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