Jessica Simpson Sells Photos of Maxwell for $800,000, Launches Maternity Line
It happened: Jessica Simpson sold her baby photos to People. She’s also launching a maternity line. Talk about “Pimp My Baby!”
So remember that imaginary betting pool we started two weeks ago when Jessica Simpson’s baby was born? The one where we considered whether the pop star would Tweet her first pictures of baby Maxwell, sell them, or keep them hidden? Well, guess what, those of you who bet that she would sell them? You win! Congratulations! You have earned gloating rights valid until the next celebrity baby birth.
Then again, given that I’m pretty sure that most if not ALL of you bet on the selling option, maybe you don’t actually get to gloat that much.
Anyhoo, according to Women’s Wear Daily, JSimp (too much?) sold her pics to People for $800,000—which, you might note, is a paltry sum compared to a lot of other celebrity baby photo payouts. Matthew McConaughey? $3 million for the pics from OK magazine. JLo’s twins? $6 million from People. Angie and Brad? A whopping $14 million for twins Vivienne and Knox.
Even if $800,000 IS a tiny payout comparatively speaking, though, I still can’t get over the weirdness of pimping out pictures of your children for a paycheck. Hilary Duff, Bruce Willis, and Beyonce have it right: Getting your pics out via the Interwebs is not only the best way to reach your fan base, but it’s also maybe a little bit more honorable. Or something. At least you’re not relying on a newborn baby to bring home the bacon.
Anyway, Jessica has also just launched a maternity collection; People also has the pics for those. As you might imagine, leopard print features prominently in the line:
Jessica’s maternity collection will be available at Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity, and Macy’s this fall, with prices ranging from $36 to $69.
Think Maxwell has a future as a model? Maybe she can go hang out with Harper Seven Beckham, 9-month-old supermodel. They’ll be tearing up the runway in no time.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.