Lookin' good, Jessica Simpson!
The star graces the cover of this week's New York magazine -- not for her fame as a singer or reality star, but her growing stature as a fashion mogul.
But Simpson, 30, looks better than ever in the spread, touting super-duper teased hair and a svelte figure, wearing just a shirt and no pants in sexy, chic new pics.
"I never thought I'd be some fashion mogul!" Simpson tells the magazine of her hugely successful fashion line, which is reportedly on track to make $1 billion this year in sales.
Simpson's manager explains the appeal -- and nice price points -- of the star's togs: "A girl could go to the shopping mall with her mother and she'd have a great new outfit and still have some money left for lunch at McDonald's. She can look like Jessica Simpson, smell like Jessica Simpson, and she can afford it."
"I put everything in the line and then it just blows out," Simpson explains. Why does her line succeed while other celeb designers fail?
"When it comes to other celebrity brands, I think a lot of people do a great job, but it can't be all about them. Everybody doesn't want to just look like the celebrity, because they can't. They just want one element of that style."
Simpson also spills some more on Eric Johnson, her fiance. "Was it love at first sight?...No. I don't know if I believe in that. But it was definitely 'I could love this man. And maybe I already do.'"
As previously reported, Johnson has helped Simpson tap her New Age side -- and now, together, they write down their thoughts "free form" every morning, she says.
"I just let it flow," she says. "My fiance taught me that. He'll get up in the morning and just write, so nothing blocks his emotional life. It doesn't even have to be in sentence form; he just gets everything out, and that way he can function without getting in the way of himself, without being aggressive or judgmental. We do that together. Sometimes he takes that hour just reading, we'll get out of bed and just read aloud to each other. He has so many books. Like, just books and books and books and books."