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Jessica Simpson in deep thought?
"I'm 23, that's almost 25, and that's almost mid-twenties."

Is this a description or is it fish?

Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980 in Abilene, Texas) is an American singer, actress, fashion designer and television personality (1999-present). Simpson has achieved many recording milestones, starred in several television shows, movies, and commercials, launched a line of hair and beauty products, and designed fragrances, shoes, and handbags for women. She has devoted time to philanthropic efforts including Operation Smile and a USO-hosted tour for troops stationed overseas. She started the Jessica Simpson Collection in 2005.

Much like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Simpson was linked with The Mickey Mouse Club revival (though unlike them she failed the audition) and like them she went blonde and launched her career as a bubblegum pop star. While she enjoyed a reasonably successful career in the late '90s and very early '00s, Simpson never reached the fame or sales of Spears or Aguilera.


What did make her a household name was not her music — at least not directly — but the 2003 reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica which depicted the married life of Simpson and her then husband Nick Lachey (member of Boy Band 98 Degrees.) The show displayed Simpson's unconventional view of the world ("Is this chicken I'm eating or is it fish?") and transformed her image from a lovable Britney clone to a lovable walking, talking Dumb Blonde Joke. A famous Dumb Blonde Joke.

Since the end of Newlyweds and the break up of her marriage to Lachey, Simpson has continued to alternate between her singing career and acting in films like The Dukes of Hazzard. She also has a mega successful clothing line, the Jessica Simpson collection, which is notable in that it is designed for women of all sizes, as opposed to runway models.


She is currently married to Eric Johnson. The couple have 2 daughters, Maxwell Drew (2012) and Birdie Mae (2019), and son, Ace Knute (2013). Her younger sister, Ashlee Simpson, is also an actress and pop singer.


Studio Albums

Themed Albums/EP's

  • This is The Remix {remix EP} (2002)
  • Rejoyce: The Christmas Album (2004)
  • Happy Christmas {Second Christmas Album} (2010)
  • Playlist: The Very Best of {Compilation} (2010)

Headlining Concert Tours

  • Dream Chaser (2001)
  • Reality (2004)


This singer, actress, and television personality provides examples of:

  • Aesop: "Fly"'s Aesop is that it's better to loves and lost then to have never loved at all.
  • Always Someone Better: In the VH1 documentary Driven, some of the people closest to her mentioned getting a little frustrated that Britney and Christina were more successful than her. Britney and Christina passed the audition for The Mickey Mouse Club when she didn't, and years later "...Baby One More Time" and "Genie In A Bottle" were released before "I Wanna Love You Forever."
  • Brainless Beauty / Dumb Blonde: Her persona on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. Her actual intellectual capacity is debatable, but it's generally agreed that there was some intentional exaggeration when she saw the ratings boost. Given how successful her business ventures have been since divorcing Lachey, she's either Obfuscating Stupidity, a Genius Ditz, or at the very least is very, very good at picking skilled and honest business managers.
  • Break Up Song: "Back To You" is one example.
  • Careful with That Axe: This, combined with Melismatic Vocals. Jessica Simpson is a great belter, and often times belts out notes for seconds at time.
  • Christian Rock: Pre-mainstream success.
  • Christmas Songs: Two Christmas albums to date.
  • Country Music: The genre she chose for a comeback attempt. Didn't quite turn out like she figured.
  • Cover Version: "Angels" and "Take My Breath Away" on In This Skin, and "Let Him Fly" on A Public Affair.
  • The Ditz: At times especially in the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica .
  • Follow Your Heart: In This Skin the song is this.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth
  • Fangirl: Mentioned in Newlyweds how she was a big supporter of Louis Vuitton.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Has a song called this, about this very same concept.
  • Gasshole: Told about her truck-driver belch: "You burp as much as Drew (Nick's brother) farts!"
  • Girly Girl: Simply in relation to her sister.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Mentioned in "Betcha She Don't Love You"
  • Hotter and Sexier: "Irresistible" was supposed to be this.
  • Incredibly Long Note: My Way Home
  • Intercourse with You: Of course a big feature of her "In This Skin" album, but also implied in many tracks in "Irresistible" like the title track in and "Forever In Your Eyes"
  • Lighter and Softer: "In This Skin" is this to "Irresistible."
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Reportedly had to pay Nick Lachey $12 million dollars in their divorce as she didn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement. In 2015 she called her marriage to Lachey her "biggest financial mistake".
  • Playing Hard to Get: Defied in "Irresistible" she outright says she's expected to reject a guy to make him try to get her, but she refuses to.
  • Preacher's Kid: Used to sing in a church choir.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has worn some furs in appearances and in specials, such as an ermine wrap during the Nick and Jessica Christmas special.
  • Sampling: "I Think I'm In Love" samples the chorus of "Jack and Diane" by John Cougar Mellencamp.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • She's willing to poke fun at her own ditziness. When she hosted Saturday Night Live, she did a mock ad for "Tuna of the Dirt Brand Chicken" that gradually turned into more and more of a Mind Screw.
    • The music video of "With You" was released while Newlyweds was still airing and included self-effacing in-jokes from the show: This included disastrous attempts at house-cleaning, as well as shots of her wearing a couple Fun T Shirts based off quotes from the show, and eating canned tuna and later buffalo wings (the latter being a reference to her asking what part of the buffalo the wing comes from).
  • Sex God: Musician John Mayer once referred to her as 'sexual napalm' during an interview (they dated for almost a year when she was between marriages). When asked about it, Jessica replied, "It's... flattering. I guess?" in such a way that it was fairly clear she was trying to find some kind of positive from the comment.
  • She's Got Legs: Especially evident in The Dukes of Hazzard movie, by which time Tights Under Shorts were no longer an issue.
  • Silly Love Songs: In This Skin is this concept.
  • Stage Mom: Joe Simpson.
  • Vocal Evolution: She used to have a rather clear, fresh voice and technique, but between Irresistible and In This Skin something happened and she started to use a strange breathless technique, on her most vocally challenging album.


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