'I am a woman that loves ALL women and will not stand quietly when the media is teaching young girls to constantly compare one another.'
However, both the singer and the actress are now responding to all the comparisons about their looks – and it’s just brilliant.
Taking to Instagram, Jessie shared screenshots of notes she had written, encouraging people to be kinder to one another and to end the narrative that women have to constantly be ‘ripping other women down.’
She wrote to her followers: ‘I rarely, but sometimes see that my name is involved in stories online that I do not agree to. I often ignore them as 99% of the time it is something that doesn’t serve any positivity to speak on.
‘However there is a story I have seen be re-written over and over again in the past few weeks that talks about myself being compared directly to another beautiful woman regarding our looks and people picking who they think is prettier.
‘I am here to talk about the headline and the way the story has been written, I have continuously tried to find something positive from this article… I am yet to.
‘Who feels good from this story? I know I don’t. Who does this story inspire? Is picking who is prettier and then continuing to say why a good activity for women to participate in? No.
‘I’m talking in general too. Beyond this story. It’s constant with women. Picking favourites. Do the media do it with men? No. Are women gaining a positive lesson from it? No.
‘You only have to look at a few of the comments to see that these stories are not inspiring women supporting women but mostly women ripping other women down.
‘I am so disappointed and embarrassed that my name is even involved. It’s not something I stand for, at all.
She continued: ‘I don’t take stories like this lightly. Because I know the kind of impact it has on younger girls reading it. I spent so much of my childhood trying to be comfortable in my skin just like so many other little girls, and when I got older, decided to spend my career making lots of music to try and help/inspire myself and all other women to see their beauty from the inside out and will continue to do so. Man does the world need it.
‘More now than ever.’
‘So… I ask the media again to realise the power they have in changing the world. How you can help the younger generations grow up to be nicer to themselves, and each other. To change, in a positive way, what young women read and see and how it impacts their personal view on themselves regarding beauty, and how they see those around them.
‘We are all unique.
‘I am a woman that supports ALL women. I am a woman that loves ALL women and will not stand quietly when the media is teaching young girls to constantly compare one another. Or to pick who they think is prettier.’
And Jenna had the most perfect response to Jessie’s post.
‘Amen Jessie! Yes!!!!’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘Women for women all the way. No need for negativity. Let’s live in a world where we support each other and raise each other up.
‘Like I said before, positive vibes all the way. Nothing but respect.’
All of the yes.