Television and movie star Melissa McCarthy grew tired of searching high and low for clothing that was fashionable and tailored to full figured women. So, she did something about it.
McCarthy, star of the television show "Mike & Molly" as well as films such as "Bridesmaids" and "Identity Thief," is one of the more recent actors who has decided to branch out from acting and throw their stylish hat into the ring of fashion design.
Her success will ultimately be linked to her high level of likeability, and the fact that she goes against the grain as far as being a Hollywood celebrity that has a nontraditional body type for that town. McCarthy follows in the footsteps of such stars as Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Victoria Beckham and Jessica Simpson among others who have transformed their fame into an offshoot business that actually makes perfect sense.
Consider that celebrities garner their attention for two reasons: their work in movies, television or music and what they wear. Who hasn't flipped through the pages of a magazine or parked themselves in front of a television and can't help but comment what the stars of stage and screen are wearing during this particular season?
In some instances, their star status actually grew larger after they turned their attention away from their so called primary careers in favor of fashion.
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Simpson easily is the best example of that sentiment. She cultivated a name for herself as a pop music superstar alongside the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Simpson starred in movies and even had her much loved and maligned reality show on MTV with her former husband and boy band boy toy Nick Lachey.
But Simpson experienced a bit of a career lull, and her spotlight began to dim until a light bulb went off: make the switch from singing to style in one fell swoop. The same blonde who didn't know the difference between chicken and tuna swam upstream against fashion and retail heavyweights and emerged not only unscathed but as a near billion dollar brand.
Some might argue Simpson is more lauded by the masses for her perfume and clothing rather than her successful singing and acting career. But her shelf life in the latter genres didn't have legs, so she simply took a much needed detour.
You could say the same for other stars, who had their taste of fame on perhaps a smaller scale than Simpson and parlayed it into a windfall of wonder in the fashion business. Elease Donovan cut her acting teeth as part of season 8 of "Bad Girls Club." Now, she's smiling and doing plenty of good with her tropically inspired Elease Donovan Swimwear that is both colorful and unique.
Who knows if Donovan or Melissa McCarthy will experience the same success as Simpson, but they're efforts are much appreciated and come across more as a natural next step or pet project, rather than a desperate attempt to pad their pockets.
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