Jessica Simpson: I Dress to Inspire My Fans

03/12/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Jessica Simpson wedding dress
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In the latest issue of ELLE, Jessica Simpson says going into design was a “natural transition” for her — and not just because she’s a savvy businesswoman.

“Every time I think I’m gonna be photographed, I wonder if somebody will see what I’m wearing, and if it’ll help ’em put somethin’ together, maybe for school?” she reveals.

That drive to inspire is what pushes the star to create, both in the workroom and in her own life. “I always wonder if what I’m wearing will be something that people would compliment, or want to wear,” she continues. “I don’t ever get ready just for myself, ever.”

Simpson, whose collections of clothing and accessories have netted more than one billion dollars in sales, recently introduced earrings at Zales and a tween collection with her younger sister, Ashlee. And from the sounds of it, the ideas — and inspirations — keep on coming.

So the singer-turned-designer hopes to bring her motivational mentality to her new mentor role on Fashion Star, which premieres Tuesday on NBC. (Nicole Richie and designer John Varvatos costar.) “I’d hate to be a judge … I don’t want to crush [the contestants’] dreams,” she says. “I’d rather help ’em reach the best of their ability that week.” Spoken like a true mentor! For more with Simpson, pick up the April issue of ELLE, on newsstands now.


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She has fans? What is this, 1998?

tom on

She inspires her fans by the way she dresses that is a joke! she has the worst taste

mason on

she might inspire her fans to eat…seriously what fans?!

chelsea on

She obviously has fans and people like her clothes otherwise she wouldn’t have made a billion dollars in sales.

sha on

oh dear…keep trying, Jessica!

M&M on

I have nothing against her,but I’ve never seen a worst dressed expectant mother. Hope she hangs onto those long dresses that she must think is just what her fans like.

ewwww! on

jessica is no fashion role model! NOT by a long, long shot honey!

linda on

Even though I don’t think she should wear Heels when she is pregnant…I DO really Like her…she is a Very Good person and she will be a loving and wonderful mother.

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