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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Are they all blind?

Jennifer on

Or, you inspire yourself. I am a average girl with average friends and not one of us can talk about Nike’s vs. Your brand that’s acceptable. Only if you knew how it is for someone like us… I wish it would make you realize what you have and how much we are grateful for ANYTHING we have.

Marky on

Jennifer, if you are speaking to Jessica , let me tell you, she grew up less than 5 miles from me, and she was very middle class, going to a regular school, and living in a regular suburb. She knows what it’s like to live a normal life, and wear regular clothes; wake up and smell the coffee!

You can be a fan of whoever you want to, but I have heard nothing but compliments about Jessica’s shoes–how the fit and how they look, and her clothes do just fine in the market!

Some of you really need to look in the mirror and figure out why you need to insult others, and talk smack about people you don’t even know. Jessica isn’t some loser even though you may not be thrilled about some of her decisions; she is a person who has feelings and is trying to live her life just like everyone else. The hate is getting old.

Casey on

I bought a pair of her boots from Victoria Secret for $180. They are seriously cute and comfortable!

melissa on

I don’t really care who she dresses for but who ever designs her line of clothing and shoes is excellant. I always feel confident I am getting great quality on any items I purchase from her line. Keep up the good work Jessica!!!

ELC on

First she gets out of her clothes to show she’s
beautiful pregnant(a Demi Moore wannabe). Now she tells her so-called fans she is dressing to inspire her fans…how many are there 3?4? I think
Jessica would like to believe she is
opinion is she is a brainless bimbo with no talent whatsoever and I wish People would stop parading her on their pages like she’s someone important who deserves this much attention.

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Kim on

Jessica Simpson is an idiot. She’s rocking 6 inch heels that could cause her to trip and harm her kid. What a dope.

jen on

Jessica has always had horrible style…long before she was knocked up, I always thought she looked like she was wearing cheap clothes which i am sure were insanely expensive…who is seriously buying her clothes is what I want to know!

T. on

don’t want to be super critical but she usually dresses like a slob and also…how is she famous these days besides the new show she has?

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