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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/12/2006

Nosing Around Ashlee's New Look

By Liz Kelly

Here's a Friday lesson in Celebritology 101: When Being a Celebrity Sucks.

Because I happen to pay attention to this sort of thing, I can see that being a celebrity might actually become a drag sometimes. This is a hard thing for a person who lives and breathes Us Weekly, E! and this Web site to reconcile, but we all have to grow up sometime.

This week's lesson is about how some very private feelings about self-image can become a very humiliating and very public topic of conversation.

We all know Hollywood upholds a pretty unrealistic ideal of attractiveness, especially when it comes to what constitutes feminine beauty. The average American woman is a size 12 (though with fudged sizing, thank you Weingarten) that may change. Still, Hollywood has a seemingly endless supply of fresh-faced, lithe beauties that populate not only the covers of fashion magazines and music videos, but most movies and TV shows. Camryn Manheim is the exception, not the rule.

A pre-op Ashlee Simpson sports her natural profile in February. (AP)

All of this is a frightfully long-winded prelude to my point, which is about Ashlee Simpson and her suspected nose job. The change is so noticeable that it probably did happen, but Ashlee doesn't seem to want to confirm (or deny). She's a 22-year-old woman and though I wouldn't recommend that my 14-year-old niece (who probably is sickening of me trotting her out as an example) go under the knife to attain some plastic ideal of uniform beauty, I also think it is a personal choice. At the end of the day, each of us has to go to bed happy in our own skin.

Yes, Ashlee is a public figure and, as such, subject to public scrutiny and skewering, but come on -- it's a nose job, the third most common cosmetic procedure among both men and women in the U.S. That means she has plenty of company and as long as she still has a nose, I'm not worried about her.

And, yes, I am the same person who blasted Ashlee for morphing into her sister Jessica a few weeks back. What can I say? I'm fickle.

p.s. Extra credit for comments containing sensible usage of either "look down one's nose at," "on the nose," or "nosy."

By Liz Kelly  | May 12, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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Hmmm, nose in the air? A bit snooty perhaps?

But really, who cares? I suspect that Ashlee Simpson is doing what she can to extend her 15 minutes of fame. Publicity is publicity, after all.

Posted by: She says | May 12, 2006 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I will wait for the new boobs, hair extensions, and chin job before I pass judgement. I'm willing to bet the young lady is on the Michael Jackson self-obliteration train.

Posted by: KiKI | May 12, 2006 11:48 AM | Report abuse

We are prolonging her 15 minutes by continuing to talk about her. C'mon Liz: let at least one Simpson slide into obscurity. How about a promise to never blog about either sister again? Let's focus on real celebrities who deserve our obsession.

Posted by: JJ | May 12, 2006 11:53 AM | Report abuse

That nose job wasn't very good. She still looks the same. She needs to stop trying to be her sister. Your 15 minutes (and your sister's, in my opinion)are up.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2006 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention her Bigness--you ever see her on stage--she isn't exactly "thin"[LOL]

Posted by: bobby | May 12, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

She is a pre-fabricated,and manufactured,by the music industry[MTV]. She can't sing...she was force fed to the public, like most of the other female singers in the last decade-Spears-you name em. In the past singers had to work hard to get a shot at fame. ie Madonna. Not that I like Madonna but she does have a few good songs and they are her own.
Ashlee couldnt write a song if her life depended on it.[lol].

Posted by: bobby | May 12, 2006 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she's getting ready to play the lead in a remake of F.W. Murnau's classic horror film, "Noseferatu."

Posted by: byoolin | May 12, 2006 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Or, we could have a poll (thank you, Weingarten).

Yeses on the right, Nose on the left.

Posted by: byoolin | May 12, 2006 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Last one:

Yes, sir, that's my baby.
Nose, sir, that's my baby.

Posted by: byoolin | May 12, 2006 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Liz that we need to be comfy in our own skin, but I found Ashlee's god-given nose to be refreshing in the sea of Hollywood's perky, perfect noses. And, yet, what celeb HASN'T has a nose job (J-Lo, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry have all done it; you can see the difference from early in their careers).

I worry a little that as a society our celebs set the stage for average people to feel ugly and fat, encouraging all of us to get plastic surgery. It's like the personal appearance version of grade inflation in which "average" is unacceptable so everyone gets As in class. If we all get surgery to look like Barbie dolls, then what??

Posted by: cags | May 12, 2006 1:10 PM | Report abuse

er, "Nose, sir, I don't mean maybe."

Posted by: byoolin | May 12, 2006 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This column combined with the one blasting Ms. Simpson are a perfect example of why gossip is hated around the world. It is also a great argument for recycling because your column - and those your gossip compatriots write at other papers - are a perfect waste of trees and ink.

You are as relevant to entertainment as the comments of mr. simon on idol are to a professional musician.

Posted by: typical | May 12, 2006 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Flogging celebs for money -- and then telling people to be nice to them -- is the eighth deadly sin.

-- Nosetrodomus

Posted by: nosebodysbiszness | May 12, 2006 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I just wanted to thank you for that article on the clothes sizing.

I long ago gave up on feeling thinner in a smaller size (or fatter in a bigger one for that matter), because labels are so different from designer to designer. I can be an 8 in one, a 12 in another, and a 16 in a third. It's ridiculous and annoying.

And you can look great and not be stick thin. Look at Queen Latifah at the 2003 Oscars a few years back (or, for that matter, in her fan-dance costume from Chicago). She didn't look thin but she looked fabulous. Because her clothes fit her.

Granted, most cannot afford custom couture, but the point is that well-designed clothing that works on your body does much more to make you look good.

Women of the 'States: stop looking at labels and look at what fits. You'll look better.

Posted by: Chasmosaur | May 12, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I've spent enough time nosing around this snotty issue. About the only comment worth making is not by a nose did she get her moneies worth, something the writer's nose for news (?) missed.

Posted by: Bonnie Russell | May 12, 2006 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Ashlee Simpson is not a celebrity.

I mean, you've heard of her, but I've also heard of Clark Kent Ervin, but he isn't a celebrity.

Honestly, I feel kinda funny talking about her because she isn't a celbrity, and as a private citizen, we don't need to, nor want to know about her plastic surgery.

Now her sister is more of a celebrity, but mostly because (a) She now looks like a man in drag after plastic surgery (b) she's so annoying that even a pinhead like Nick Lachey can't stand being around her.

So in summary, we can say (a) Ashlee who (b) she's apparently cute, but so is my cocker spaniel (c) she has a famous sister.

Really, you've stumped me by talking about her. It's puzzling.

Posted by: I strongly disagree | May 12, 2006 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"I can be an 8 in one, a 12 in another, and a 16 in a third. It's ridiculous and annoying."

True, but you're missing the forest from the trees. You're saying your size is somewhere between a 12 and 16.

How can I put this without hurting your feelings....


Look, obesity is a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease and other problems. You're too heavy.

I'll give you the straight truth here, because you strike me as a women who is honest, forthright and just wonderful. You need to look weight. Probably 30 pounds. It has nothing to do with your looks, but it has to do with your health and how you can be healthy without looking for high-blood medication, and a bunch of other things that U.S. Physicians put you on to stay healthy.

Cut your caloric intake to 2000 calories. Stop eating so much. Don't make it a central part of your life. It is now well understood that people who cut down on their caloric intake live significantly longer than those who do not.

Set your goal on 2000 calories. Exercise daily until you are sweaty. If more people did this, we wouldn't need to go to the doctor so often, we wouldn't need so many chronic medications, our knees wouldn't wear our so quickly, and we wouldn't clog up the aisles in stores.

Let me say it again, this kind of weight is putting you at increased risk because (a) you don't think you're obsese. You are. Look up the definition of obses (b) because you don't understand you're 20% too heavy you think it's okay to continue to eat and you don't need to exercise

A lot of woman and men throw up their hands and say "We have an unrealistic view of weight, therefor 15 pounds too much is 'normal'". It *isn't* normal. Obesity affects us in ways that you don't think. You're probably too tired to exercise at night. Bingo. You're too heavy.

Please do it not for your looks, but to get better.

Posted by: Let's drop a few pounds | May 12, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

to "Let's drop a few pounds": Excuse me, but who do you think you are? Do you know anything about that poster's height/body type? No. Get off your soap box. I am also a size 12, but am tall enough that I am not obese. Maybe she is as well. I get your point about obesity, but maybe you should try keeping those thoughts to yourself unless you know a person.

Posted by: gada | May 12, 2006 3:53 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see as much comment about the womens' clothing sizes as about Ms. Simpson. I too, feel strongly about women's clothing size. For the opposite reason. I was a size 6 in high school and I am still the same height and maybe 3 pounds heavier. I can't wear petites as I'm 5'7". I can no longer buy clothing. I'm serious. And I don't sew. I have work pants in my closet that are 10 years old because I can't replace them. There are things I've never owned - like a women's pant suit. Because I'm old enough to have had to wear skirt suits in the beginning. By the time pant suits were accepted, the sizes were too big. I feel discriminated against and angry. I don't want to shop in the Juniors! And don't get me started on boots. I had a pair in 1978. That was the last time they fit my calves. I'm 48 years old, 5'7" and 110 pounds and I think I deserve to wear women's clothing and not be penalized because I don't look like the 'average' size 12. People always say they wished they looked like me. If they only knew!

Posted by: Magothy | May 12, 2006 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Magothy, I agree with you to an extent. I am a 4-6, and while I am younger than you (i'm 24) I have to agree with you that it can be hard to find more adult and career clothes in my size...sometimes, but not ALL the time. My mom is 55 and a size 10-12, but then again, she is almost 5'10", which is fine for her height. You should not be worried about the size 12s being "average". You (and everyone else) should be worried about the XXL and XXXL clothing becoming more and more prevelant. That is obesity, and that is what we need to fight.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2006 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank you ladies for your comments. I understand trying to find clothing that fits. I am a size 12 as I said, but have very long legs....trying to find pants that fit both leg length and hip/waist size is very hard. Size 12 is not obese, and clothing manufacturers would do well to remember that. And also that even though someone may wear an "average" size, that clothing in that size many not fit!

Posted by: gada | May 12, 2006 4:54 PM | Report abuse

To "Let's Drop A Few Pounds":

I'm guessing you're either a woman who is blessed with an average figure, or a man. Because Gada had it right - I'm not obese, I'm tall. 6' tall.

When you're 8 inches taller than the average American woman, you fit into bigger sizes. This does not equate into being overweight or obese. But because I'm way off the average, I have a lot of the same problems as heavy women with respect to finding clothes. Stuff just doesn't fit the way it should.

I would *love* to be able to walk into a store and buy pants based on my waist size and inseam combo! Instead, I have more clothes that have been altered than not.

So thanks for your concern, but I'm afraid it's misplaced. And I suggest that unless you see a post like this on a "plus sized" forum, you would do better to keep opinions like this to yourself when on the Internet.

Posted by: Chasmosaur | May 12, 2006 5:02 PM | Report abuse

so... i've got that problem too.. I'm 5'11, a size 5 and can't find jeans taht fit me anywhere... it seems that if' you're 17 and a size 5 you must be 5'7 but i'm not... the only jeans i've foudnt o fit me cost 50-70 dollars a pair and as a teenager i jsut don't have that kind of money. I hate clothing makers!!!

Posted by: kindof the same | May 13, 2006 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Ashlee seen visiting her doctor

Posted by: ja | May 14, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ashlee's nose is not something I would have picked...

Posted by: delray | May 15, 2006 11:36 AM | Report abuse

*you would do better to keep opinions like this to yourself when on the Internet*

Why? Because it makes you uncomfortable?

What the original poster said was correct. Remember the old commercials? If you can pinch more than an inch of fat from around your mid-section, you are overweight, and if you are more than 15 pounds overweight, you are almost certainly obese, unless you're a professional athlete.

The fact that you try to convince yourself that you're not overweight should be a warning sign to yourself. Self-delusion is only fooling one person.

If you're eating more than 2200 calories a day, you're overeating. If you have little snacks after your meals, you're overeating. If you're not exercising until you sweat every night, you're not getting the exercise you need.

I don't care about your looks or health (unlike the original person), I'm just being straight with you. And the only reason I replied is because you thought that other people should not tell the truth.

Hey, but don't take the internet's word for it. Go to a nutrionist and get your body fat measured. I'll bet you're off the scale. Check your flexibility. Check your cardio strength. That's the test. You can whine about how you're tall, but that's a defense mechanism. Get off the dime, stop eating, start working.

Posted by: Dear Chasmosaur | May 16, 2006 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Chasmosaur has a point. Don't listen to someone who doesnt know you or care, go to your doctor. Whenever I have said that I am fat the first response usually is, "Oh, but youre so tall!" Don't use your height(or some other reason) from stopping you from being healthy. Weight does not matter as much as being healthy does. Nobody nose this better then me.

Posted by: Me | May 19, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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