Jessica Simpson Likens Self to a Missionary

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The Price of Beauty was more than a reality show to Jessica Simpson.

It was a calling.

"I'm not saying I'm changing the world," a teary-eyed Simpson said, accepting an award at the Gracies (which honor women in radio and TV) in Beverly Hills.

"But... to be able to sit down with my Dad and [create] The Price of Beauty, it's similar to missionary work. It was what I was called to do and called to be."

Yes. Her calling was to create a VH1 show in which she, Ken Paves and CaCee Cobb traveled the world to explore definitions of beauty in various cultures.

The Price of Beauty in Jess' case is thousands of dollars a day.

On the series, the always-astute one visited a "fattening hut" in Uganda, munched on some fried cockroaches in Thailand, and walked a couture runway in Paris, etc.

Despite lackluster ratings and bad reviews, "it's changing my life ... women are strong and there is always a life to change, and you are powerful enough to do it!"

The Gracies honored Jessica Simpson for strength and entrepreneurial endeavors in the face of adversity and public scrutiny. Seriously. She got a real award for this.

Earlier in her speech, Simpson quipped, "I'm not used to people talking so nice about me," and explained that she felt "called to the ministry" at church camp at 13.

This is pretty much the exact same thing.

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