Marie Claire Reacts to Ashlee Simpson Surgery

July 31, 2006 5:26 PM ET

Ashlee Simpson is Marie Claire's July cover girl, and in the much-discussed story, the pop star goes on and on about how much she values individuality and loathes the blonde-washing that goes on in Hollywood. Choice quotes: "Everyone is made differently, and that's what makes us beautiful and unique. I want girls to look in the mirror and feel confident." Then she got a nose job and a chin job and did something to her cheeks, we're told. Simpson fans were pissed, but Marie Claire readers were even more outraged that their magazine was duped by a Simpson, and flooded the MC offices with more than 1,000 letters, The New York Times reports. So what did recently inaugurated Ed-in-Chief Joanna Coles do? Sweep the whole thing under the rug in her new corner office? No. She expanded the letters column of the September issue (out August 15th), allowing fans to vent in public, and addressed the issue herself, writing, "We're dazed and confused — and disappointed — by her choice, too!"

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