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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jessica Simpson's a bigger star than ever as she shows off her new curvier figure

By Daily Mail Reporter

Four years ago, Jessica Simpson was one of the top bodies in Hollywood after embarking on a vigorous fitness regime to fit into her 'Daisy Duke' shorts.

But it seems the 5ft 3in star, who is attempting to carve out a new career as a country singer, has let go of her hard earned 36-24-36 figure.

The 28-year-old was showing off a distinctly curvier shape as she sangs tracks from her country album Do You Know at a gig in Florida over the weekend.

What a difference: A heavier Jessica Simpson performs on Saturday (l), compared to her toned shape in the Dukes of Hazzard movie in 2005 (r)

Prior to gaining weight, Jessica would regularly appear on Hollywood red carpets in eye-popping dresses which showed off her svelte figure to perfection.

The former Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica reality star famously slimmed down in a tiny pair of denim shorts, aka Daisy Duke, to play the denim's namesake in the 2005 big screen version of the Dukes of Hazzard.

She endured two-hour workouts six days a week with personal trainer Michael Alexander, who sculpted her physique with a combination of running, squats, lunges and weight-resistance exercises.


Battle of the bulge: It seems Jessica over-indulged a little over the festive season

She also followed a South Beach Diet-style low-carb, high-protein menu which featured grilled chicken, fish and green vegetables.

After filming the part, Jessica said: 'My body is definitely an accomplishment.'

But it seems her now more relaxed approach to fitness and a good dose of her family's Texan cuisine over the Christmas holidays have caught up with her.

Perhaps feeling self-conscious about her expanding waistline, Jessica opted for some high-waisted baggy jeans and a slimming black vest as she performed at the Kiss Country Chili Cookout in Pembroke Pines.

Fuller figure: Jessica opted for an unflattering pair of high-waisted jeans

As well as singing tracks from her new album, Jessica also belted out a rendition of her cover of Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walkin', which she sang for the Dukes of Hazzard soundtrack.

In a 2007 interview with Harper's Bazaar magazine, she admitted she preferred being curvy to her skinnier frame.

She said: 'Curves are better. I don't get the whole rail thing. It's not good for your heart, it's not good for your mind; it's emotionally destructive, it really is.'

Jessica recently denied reports she was engaged to her American football player boyfriend Tony Romo.

She said: 'It's funny to me that people are saying that Tony and me are out shopping for diamonds. Trust me, we're not out shopping for diamonds - if anything we are out going to buy DVDs.

January 25, 2009: Jessica Simpson performs at the

Piling on the pounds: Jessica looked noticeably bigger as she arrived on stage

'That's pretty much it. We have movie nights and cooking and ordering in, but there has not been any diamonds in this relationship.'

Jessica is taking things slowly with the Dallas Cowboys player after divorcing ex-husband Nick Lachey when she just 25 after three years of marriage.

The couple exposed their marriage to the public during their hugely-successful MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica.

Meanwhile, her younger sister Ashlee recently gave birth to a baby boy called Bronx Mowgli with musician husband Pete Wentz, who she married in May last year.

Jessica Simpson and her husband, Nick Lachey arrive for the MTV Movie Awards Saturday, June 4, 2005

Strained: Jessica at her skinniest at the MTV Movie Awards in June 2005, pictured with her ex-husband Nick Lachey, who she split from five months later