Anyone who thinks of Jessica Simpson as a dumb blonde is way behind the times. The performer’s new reality show starts in March and she’s got big plans for future projects. See these outtakes from the singer’s shoot with Norman Jean Roy in Hollywood. For more of our interview with Simpson, pick up the March issue of Allure, on newsstands February 23.
Jessica Simpson wore a gray T-shirt, J Brand jeans, and Yves Saint Laurent boots to the shoot. Between takes, she slipped into sandals that she had brought with her, from her latest shoe collection. “I prefer heels to flats any day,” the singer said of the sky-high nude wedges. Here, she poses for Norman Jean Roy in a Fendi dress.
For her new VH1 show, Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty (which premieres at 10 P.M. EDT on March 15), Simpson traveled to seven foreign countries to explore different concepts of beauty. “When I think of America, it’s very diverse, but we do have the cookie-cutter way we’re supposed to look, and going to all these countries, it’s so completely different. I was fascinated going on that journey to discover that, even just for myself,” said Simpson, here in a silk dress by Lanvin and bangles by Rosena Sammi.
Simpson was game for the toned-down look the Allure team had in mind for her. “After learning what beauty means to different women around the world, we wanted to celebrate Jessica’s individual beauty,” said her hairstylist Ken Paves, who also appears on Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty.
“Jessica usually looks classic,” explained makeup artist Jeannia Robinette. “I chose to make her more raw.” First, Robinette smudged a shimmery black shadow along Simpson’s top and bottom lash lines before curling the lashes and coating them with mascara. Next, she brushed on peachy pink blush and dabbed on lip balm mixed with a rose-colored stain.
“I wanted to make her hair look glamorous but lived-in,” said Paves. He clipped two rows of extensions onto the bottom half of Simpson’s head, then he curled all her hair before brushing it through. Paves kept the curls round and perky with a dose of hair spray.
Simpson is aware of the strengths of her goofy persona. “I’m vulnerable in any moment,” says Simpson. “I don’t care if the cameras are on or not, you’re going to get the real me. There’s no reason to mask that, because that’s what has given me the chance to be in a powerful position.”