Linda Porter can now die happy.
Hopefully the 29-year-old will lead a long and prosperous life, but she checked off a bucket-list item at SouthPark mall Saturday afternoon: Meeting celebrity Jessica Simpson.
“This is the number-one thing to do on my bucket list before I die,” the fan said as she waited first in line to meet the singer and her sister, Ashlee Simpson, at Belk.
The Simpson sisters signed photographs for fans who had bought at least $50 worth of items from Jessica Simpson’s fashion line. About 200 people waited in line to meet them.
Some were from Charlotte while others came from Kentucky, like Porter, and some even drove 13 hours from Illinois.
The sisters descended an elevator as they arrived and then met privately with 27-year-old Laurah Zeek, who has spinal stenosis. Zeek, who had met Jessica before, said she drove nine hours from Pennsylvania to see them. She called Jessica an inspiration, saying, “She’s just the most wholesome celebrity out there.”
“We’ve had a great time,” the visibly pregnant Jessica said when asked by the Observer about her Charlotte visit. Jessica recently revealed that she will be having a boy.
Porter couldn’t have been happier to meet her inspiration.
“She inspired me to lose weight,” she said, adding that she recently lost 50 pounds. Jessica Simpson has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. “I said, if she can do it, I can do it.”
Jessica Simpson’s adorable daughter put on quite a show.
The pregnant fashionista had everyone’s attention with her stylish presence on Saturday as she promoted her Jessica Simpson Girl’s Collection in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Not even her equally chic sister Ashlee came close to usurping her crown, that is, until Jessica brought out her baby Maxwell.
Jessica, 32, waited until the end of the event to introduce her 10-month-old golden-haired tot to the welcoming audience, placing Maxwell on the table between her and sister Ashlee.
Maxwell immediately livened things up with her cherubic grin and wide-eyed enthusiasm.
Dressed in a delicate floral blouse, beige trousers and matching mini trainers, Maxwell kept the crowd entertained by waving her little arms and blowing air bubbles.
Maxwell’s show of cuteness fairly eclipsed her glowing mother, who was perfectly attired and coiffed.
Jessica was glowing in a maxi-length deep red dress that flattered her figure to its fullest advantage.
The clothes maven added a tailored black blazer that had a slimming effect, as well as just the right amount of jewelry.
There were dangling earrings at her lobes that peeked from under the smooth waves of her light blonde hair and bangles at her wrist.
Jessica hasn’t named her due date but has hinted that she and fiance Eric Johnson will be having a summer baby.
The Fashion Star mentor, 32, paired the maroon-colored frock (from her own line!) with a stylish black blazer and red earrings that peeked out from her long blonde tresses. She was accompanied by fiance Eric Johnson and younger sibling Ashlee, 28, who showed off her slim frame in a short, printed shift under a leather motorcycle jacket. The group was there to promote Simpson’s fashion line.
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