10 Celebrities Turned Fashion Designers

Melissa McCarthy is the latest to make the leap
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2011 9:46 AM CDT
Melissa McCarthy and 10 More Celebrities Turned Fashion Designers
Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)

Melissa McCarthy is on top of the world, and now that she's won an Emmy and won over SNL viewers, what's next? The Bridesmaids star, who wanted to be a fashion designer before she ended up in comedy, is launching her own plus-size fashion line. "Trying to find stuff that's still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible," McCarthy, who designed her own dress for the Emmys, tells the Hollywood Reporter. "It's either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle."

She won't be the first celeb-turned-fashion-designer, or even the first this fall. Time offers up a list of the top 10, including another recent transplant:

  • Kanye West: The hip-hop artist launched his women's wear line at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday, becoming the first male musician to tackle the women's fashion market.
  • Jessica Simpson: Surprisingly, fashion may be a better fit for her than acting or singing—her line could top $1 billion in sales this year.
  • Victoria Beckham: Hers is one of the few celeb lines to garner positive reviews from fashion editors, and is worn by Kate Winslet and Gisele Bundchen, among others.
  • Jay-Z: The rapper's Rocawear is a very popular urban-lifestyle brand, bringing in annual sales of more than $700 million.
Click for Time's full list. (Read more Melissa McCarthy stories.)

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