Jessica Simpson to Mentor Aspiring Designers on NBC Reality Series

Entertainment Jun. 13, 2011 AT 4:05PM
Jessica Simpson to Mentor Aspiring Designers on NBC Reality Series Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Jessica Simpson's got a new gig!

The 30-year-old engaged fashion designer is set to appear as the celebrity mentor on NBC's new reality series, Fashion Star, the network announced Monday.

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"NBC is delighted to work with singer, designer, actress and pop culture icon Jessica Simpson," the network's Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming Paul Telegdy tells Us Weekly in a statement. "With an almost billion dollar lifestyle brand under her belt she is sure to be an excellent mentor to our up-and-coming designers."

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Simpson -- whose Jessica Simpson brand has raked in $750 million in 35 countries -- will join supermodel host Elle MacPherson for the series, which searches for the next big fashion brand.

Fashion Star's 14 designers are sure to learn a lot from Simpson, named Us Weekly's Style Icon of the Year.

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"I'm in the workroom in [L.A.'s] Westwood a few times a week from 11 to 7 at night," says Simpson, who's completely hands-on with the creation of her chic but affordable line. "Nothing goes out without me seeing it or my mom [Tina Simpson, cocreative director] seeing it," Simpson explains.

Fashion Star's debut date has yet to be announced.

By Allison Corneau for Us Weekly. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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