Jessica Simpson: I Dress to Inspire My Fans

03/12/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

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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.

ruth phail on

Is she serious!!!!who makes these stories up anyways, give me a break!

Hope on

Let’s get real here. She went into the fashion business because her singing career tanked!

yestojess on

She is definitely doing something right with 1B in sales. I have two of her purses which were very reasonably priced and I literally get compliments on them everywhere I take them. They have also both have held up very well.

gwena on

Question: Does she design the clothes? Does she run the business? I thought she lent her name to the products. Someone else actuallys runs the compnay, not me? Does she own the company? Which is true: she runs and owns it , or she puts her name on the stuff. Last thing that I read was that she farted during a serious meeting.

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lillith on

Whatever you think of her, the numbers tell it all. How funny that I used to sneer at her for acting so “dumb”. Ha – who’s laughing now!

Mandy on

Whether you like her style or think her a good role model or not, you have to give her credit for thinking of the eyes on her. There are so many celebs who don’t.

Jamie on

I love Jessica Simpson. She is very stylish and beautiful and I am definitely a fan of hers. You all must like her to some degree, to take the time to comment.

H on


stef on

Her shoes show up every summer in our local department store’s tent sale. They’re horrendous.


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?

ginae on

I saw her on Ellen today and thought she looked happy and content. She needs to watch the high heels tho before she falls and breaks her neck or heaven forbid cause harm to the baby. Use your brain Jessica!

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Aries13 on

Jessica has fans?????

krisczer on

What ever happened to the wholesome Christian girl who wouldn’t have sex until marriage? What a joke!

Lola on

Love her or hate her, she is laughing all the way to the bank. Clearly enough people enjoy her products. There is no denying she is likeable. I wish her continued success.

orange on

I’m not personally a fan of hers, and for the most part don’t like her fashion sense (ie, what SHE wears) but I must say her shoes are gorgeous! Her lines do quite well, but do you really think it’s all her? She has designers working for her. But keep it up girl, you’re the one making that money ;)

alex on

love jessica n love her style!! grt person,,,

harr on

Her shoes are gorgeous!!

Marie Mullin on

You go girl, she has made a million dollars so far at her age! She must be doing something right. I meant a billion dollars.

Marie Mullin on

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lulubliss on

I am quite disappointed with her pregnancy wardrobe I have not seen her in anything flattering at all..

martha on

She most of the time dresses quite tacky especially during her pregnancy….she is a mess!

Jenny on

I love Jessica and her style! She must be doing something right to have netted more than one billion dollars in sales!!

mt on

Haters will hate. Obviously the negative commenters were interested enough to read the article! Do the haters have a billion dollar fashion empire? Didn’t think so. Jessica has reached out to the world to show what true beauty is and to help women feel good from the inside out. I LOVE her style, her mind, her heart and dedication.

Amy on

People are mean. Yes she has fans. I can’t even count the number of people I have seen rave about her shoes. She still has fans because she is still doing stuff. Just because it’s not music or movies does not make her any less successful!

Amy on

Oh and it is very sad that her music career slowed because she has an awesome singing voice! Sad the industry does not take advantage of it.

People need to be kind.

Anom on

The title of this article alone induced laughter, I must say. I will admit that I have seen one or two items with her name on them which were cute (i.e. a nice sundress in a bold but tasteful print, a simple pair of black heels), but, sadly, I’ve never seen HER wearing them! This girl either needs a stylist, or needs to fire the one she’s got ASAP! As far as her making millions as a “designer,” there really is no accounting for good taste.

Guest on

When her stuff costs $1.99 each as it should!!!, then I may look at it. When your not actually a designer and you have ZERO credentials, you shouldn’t charge designer prices!!! I believe everyone has to start at the beginning and a failed singing career and failed acting career DON”T ALL OF A SUDDEN MAKE Y0U A DESIGNER!!

Melissa on

Not entirely sure who would follow her fashion regimen right now….

boohoobytch on

lmfao @ Mason…um, she may inspire the girl that lives across the street from the Piggly Wiggly but not your average, born stylish New Yorker (ahem)…perhaps she should focus on delivering the world’s largest baby

martha on

Does anyone REALLY think she knows how to dress??? Guess nobody saw her in that red tent with those flugy shoes looking ever so BIG……

Aska Asha on

She dresses in oversized tops and undersized bottoms with sky high heels…most likely to disguise weight issues. That is not style.

Grace on

I don’t care for her very much and I’m not sure why but she is beautiful and I’m sure her baby will be gorgeous. If someone had told me a few years back that she would have a multimillion dollar empire I would have laughed; she seems kind of dorky.

Sky Casey on

Ya, I agree, fans? She has the worst taste in clothes, I have not seen her in one outfit that makes sense…and now she is on a show where she gives advise? What were they thinking? She probably is a nice girl, but bad taste in fashion she has!

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