Nicole Richie is a fashion designer, author, actress, singer and television personality. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. The Simple Life was a massive hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers, and brought Richie and Hilton to international recognition. Nicole Richie’s personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life’s five year run and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.
Afterwards she turned her focus on other projects including charity work and environmental issues. Nicole Richie is married to musician Joel Madden and they have two children. Richie and Madden founded “The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation” in 2010. Nicole Richie is currently one of the three mentors on NBC’s Fashion Star.
In 2005, Nicole Richie made her acting debut in the comedic drama Kids in America. Richie has guest starred in television series including Eve, Six Feet Under and American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and playing the recurring character Heather Chandler on Chuck. In July 2008, plans were announced to turn Richie’s 2005 novel, The Truth About Diamonds, into a television series.
On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Richie would appear as a guest judge on Project Runway.
Richie is currently filming Fashion Star for NBC.
In 2005, Nicole Richie wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Truth About Diamonds, which was released by Bharell Jackson Publishing. The novel is loosely based on her life, but is mostly fictional. It chronicles the life of Chloe Parker, the adopted daughter of a singer who makes her way through all of the popular nightclubs and parties in Hollywood while battling a drug addiction. In early January 2006, The Truth About Diamonds peaked at number #32 in Hardcover Fiction on The New York Times Best-Seller List.
Nicole Richie’s second novel, Priceless, was released on September 28, 2010. It tells the story of a girl who loses everything and then learns about what really matters in life.
Nicole Richie’s own personal style has become popular among fans and fashion critics and has led to her status as a fashion impresario and icon. She has been the face of Bongo Jeans and Jimmy Choo advertising campaigns. In April 2007, Richie announced plans to start a jewelry, accessories, and sunglasses line along with a perfume and style book.
In October 2008, Nicole Richie debuted a jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960. The line became available at Kitson’s online boutique. In Spring 2010, the line was extended to include apparel and shoes. In 2009, Nicole Richie joined maternity store A Pea in the Pod to create the new collection maternity clothes. The line was titled “Nicole” which had pieces that she would wear as an expectant mother. In February 2010, Richie expanded her fashion business with a women’s line called Winter Kate, her daughter’s two middle names. The collection was inspired by timeless prints and shapes, beautiful paisley and florals.
In 2010, Nicole Richie won “Entrepreneur of the Year” for her House of Harlow 1960 brand at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. House of Harlow 1960 was also nominated in the category “Celebrity Fashion Line” at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. In July 2011, it was reported that Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 line has unveiled a 14-piece handbag collection. The House of Harlow 1960 handbag collection will be available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shopbop.com. In July 2011, it was announced that Richie would be one of the three mentors in NBC’s new reality show Fashion Star alongside Jessica Simpson.
Nicole Richie guided aspiring designers who hope to become the next big brand in fashion. She launched a collection for Macy’s Impulse in September 2012, which was sold in 100 select Macy’s stores as well as online. Her first fragnance, “Nicole” was also launched in September 2012. The scent will be sold in about 2,000 department and specialty stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Dillard’s.
How Nicole Richie Made Her Money – Fashion Designer, Actress and Singer
Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million
Birthday: September 21, 1981
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