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Natalie apologises Simpson over bikini comments

Natalie apologises Simpson over bikini   comments

Actor Natalie Portman has apologised to singer Jessica Simpson for name-dropping her during a discussion about sexualisation of women in the media. The actor, who essays the role of a pop star in her new film Vox Lux, had recalled Simpson's bikini cover for magazine to stress that women have often been overtly sexualised by the media.

"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," Portman had said in the interview with USA Today. Simpson posted a reply to Portman on social media, saying that she felt disappointed by the actor's remarks. "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, the singer wrote.

"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. I was taught to be myself and honour 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," she added.

Simpson said she has "always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want."

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