Jessica goes bare for Marie Claire

Jessica goes bare for Marie Claire

Jessica Simpson goes back to basics for Marie Claire’s May issue, gracing the cover with zero makeup or Photoshop retouching. Why would anyone expose themselves to that kind of scrutiny, you might ask? For Simpson, it’s all in the name of real beauty.

Following the launch of her VH1 TV show, “The Price of Beauty,” Simpson, who has been frequently pummeled in the press for her weight issues, is now launching a new initiative with Operation Smile called A Beautiful Me to empower women everywhere to appreciate their own beauty.

Though it sounds like the singer has developed quite the thick skin since the “mom jeans” debacle in January 2009 — “I don’t have anything to prove anymore. What other people think of me is not my business” — the 29-year-old is not completely immune to the pressure in Hollywood to maintain a size zero figure.