Jessica Simpson joins NBC's 'Fashion Star"

June 13, 2011 - 2:45 PM
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FILE - In a April 26, 2011 file photo, Jessica Simpson poses at Us Weekly's Annual Hot Hollywood Style Issue event, in Los Angeles. Simpson is taking on the role of mentor to aspiring designers for a new NBC reality series. The network said Monday, June 13, 2011 that Simpson will help guide contestants in the series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Simpson is taking on the role of mentor to aspiring designers for a new NBC reality series. The network said Monday that Simpson will help guide contestants in the series "Fashion Star" as they compete for a multimillion-dollar contract to launch their own brand.

Elle McPherson will host the series, which NBC promises to be a "true spectacle" taped in front of a studio audience and featuring music, dancers and models along with weekly challenges for the contestants.

The 30-year-old Simpson is a fashion mogul as well as singer and actress, with a line that carries her name and includes nearly two-dozen products.

One of the producers of "Fashion Star" is former NBC executive Ben Silverman. The show's debut date was not announced.