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Born July 10, 1980, Jessica Simpson is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. The pop singer turned fashion mogul may seem like an open book, but I bet there are several things you didn’t know about a famous blonde bombshell. From the prominent role she was so close to getting, and Jessica Simpson’s birthday, to her career ambitions as her kid, you may be surprised by all the interesting facts you didn’t know about Jessica Simpson.
Here are ten interesting facts about Jessica Simpson.
She Started her Music Career in Church
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As a child, Jessica Simpson began singing in the choir of a local Baptist church where her father, Joseph Simpson, also worked as the congregation’s youth minister. When she was 11 years, she decided to nurture her hopes to become a successful singer during a church retreat. At age 13, she attended a church camp where she sang Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and an arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” While she was at the camp, Jessica was introduced to the founder of a small gospel music record label, Proclaim Records. She recorded an album with the record label titled, Jessica. The record label declared bankruptcy and the album was never officially released. She has also shared the stage with famous gospel artists such as God’s Property, Kirk Franklin, and Ce Ce Winans.
She Dropped Out of High School
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Jessica briefly attended J. J Pearce High School in Texas as a teenager. Her striking voice and musical talent caught the attention of Tommy Mottola, head of Columbia Records, and Mariah Carey’s husband at the time. At the age of 16, she signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. She dropped out of high school to concentrate on her career. She later went on to earn her GED. In 1999, she burst into the music scene and released her debut studio album, Sweet Kisses. The album was a massive hit and sold over four million copies worldwide.
Her Good Hygiene
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Jessica Simpson takes her dental health very seriously. She brushes her teeth three times a day. This very much explains the reason behind her incredibly bright smile. The actress may have one of the best smiles in Hollywood, but she is more than just a pretty face. Not only is Jessica Simpson an avid supporter of several charity organizations, but she is also one of the national spokespersons of Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides free reconstructive surgical operations to tens of thousands of people including children and young adults in 25 developing countries.
Her Film Debut
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She made her debut into the movie industry in 2005 with her role as Daisy Duke in the 2005 film adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard. Although the movie was commercially successful, it received a negative critical reaction. The film was No. 1 at the box office its opening weekend and grossed $30.7 million on 3,785 screens. It also had an adjusted-dollar rank of No. 14 all-time for August releases. Simpson appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard soundtrack, releasing These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”, a cover of the 1966 Nancy Sinatra. The song became her 4th top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Jessica was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress, a Razzie Award, for The Dukes of Hazzard.
Her Fashion Line
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Aside from music, Jessica Simpson also has a fashion line called the Jessica Simpson Collection, JSC. She designs and markets a line of handbags and shoes and boots (primarily high heeled) and other fashion items. Her fashion line is regarded as one of the most successful brands owned by a celebrity, and the first celebrity brand to earn over $1 billion in annual revenue. Unlike many celebrity clothing lines that tend to vanish after a few years, JSC has been a mainstay for years.
She Had the Ambition to be an Astronaut as a Child
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As a child, Jessica Simpson had the passion for becoming an astronaut. Her love for the astronaut profession was so strong that she went to space camp. It was during the time she spent at space camp that she decided being an astronaut wasn’t the right career path for her. In her words, this was her reason “I tried their ice cream and was like, ‘There’s no way.” It was the taste of the ice cream that made her rethink her career ambitions.
She Once Auditioned for a Part in Disney’s “New Mickey Mouse Club.”
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When Jessica was 12, she auditioned for “the New Mickey Mouse Club.” She did wonderfully well, as she was one of the 13 contestants that made it to the finals. She, however, got intimidated by the performances of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and forgot her lines. She even made mention in several interviews that, “I froze and forgot everything, but the experience made me even stronger and more convinced that I was on the right path.” She eventually lost her spot in the TV show to Christina Aguilera.
She Was Once Addicted to Chewing Nicotine Gum
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Jessica is not known for smoking or drinking, but there was a time she was addicted to chewing nicotine gum. Her love for Nicotine gum started when the mother of one of her close friends gave it to her. In an interview in 2010, she mentioned “I think she thought she was giving me a piece of regular gum. I was chewing it, and it was like a party in my mouth. It was like fireworks and ‘Oh my God, I’m talking a million miles per hour, and I love this gum and what kind of gum is this? I have to have this gum”.
She is Also the Author of a Self-Help Book
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For those who do not know, Jessica Simpson is an author. Her marriage to Nick Lachey in 2002 inspired her to write the book; I Do: Achieving Your Dream Wedding. The book which was written with help from the award-winning author, Katina Z. Jones, was published in 2004. The book was written to help those who want to plan a wedding on a tight budget. The book got a lot of positive and negative reviews in and out of California.
Her Mistake About her Relationship with Nick
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Being a resident of California, divorced couples are required to fully divide all the assets that they acquired in the duration of their marriage. After Jessica’s and Nick Lachey’s divorce in 2006, they shared their assets equally with each other. She lost as she earned more than Nick during the period they were together. She considered that as her biggest mistake financially. Her experience then made her insist on signing a prenuptial agreement when she later married Eric Johnson.