“I’m looking for a normal man,” the singer/actress/reality star/entrepreneur, 29, says during Good Housekeeping’s Shine On 125th Anniversary Celebration held Monday in NYC. “Just somebody that’s normal. That’s it.”
While she admits a doctor and a chef would be high on her list of keepers, mom Tina Simpson would also accept a businessman for her eldest daughter.
“That’ll work,” Tina says. “Someone who will take care of me when I’m old. That’s good.”
While Jessica wouldn’t discuss her friendship with Courtney Love (who revealed on Twitter they hung out Friday), she puts the rocker’s assertion that she chews Nicorette to rest by sticking out her long tongue, revealing a white speck of gum. (Ew!)
Still, what Jessica lacks in class, she makes up in spirit.
Mom Tina says, “She’s a great person with a beautiful heart.”
As for the daring short ‘dos she debuted in-flight on Twitter earlier that day?
Ken Paves, her stylist, admits they’re all part of his marketing plan for her wig line.
“There are actually three new wigs coming out for HairDo, and the final approval is Jessica,” he says. “She’s like the Hair Club for Men. She’s not just the president — she wears it. She is the CEO of HairDo. She tries everything on, and once we get her stamp of approval, we go into production. She loved them. The one was a short ‘60s pixie that my aunts could wear. That’s why I named it aunt Vikki. And my client and good friend and Jessica’s good friend now, Victoria Beckham, the other one has a Victoria flavor to it.”
But not everyone on their flight was amused by their bewiggings.
“We had a ball,” he says. “We annoyed everyone on the flight ‘cause we laughed. Tina was wearing it. I was wearing it. We threw it around. We put in on the flight attendants. People see us and say, ‘Oh, not them again.’ ”
Still, it’s not a look we can expect to see her sport for real.
“Probably not,” Tina tells me. “I don’t think she’s ever had short hair.”
Fresh from sampling new ‘dos, the blonde bombshell fends off speculation she’s wearing makeup on the Marie Claire cover out now.
“I absolutely was not wearing makeup,” Jessica says. “If you look at the cover, you can tell my nose has been broken a couple of times. If you look at a retouched cover of me and if you look at the Marie Claire cover, you can see there’s a big difference. And I really wanted to show women that I’m a normal person. I take the pictures. I don’t know what the magazine is going to do with it after that. I don’t know what the photographer is going to do with it after that, so – it was important for me to make sure that they absolutely did not retouch. I was not wearing makeup.”
One thing she’s learned is the value of authenticity.
“Being a woman, it’s really important for me to be myself and not all about other people’s judgments,” the Price of Beauty star says.
Amongst a flurry of activity, Jessica heads inside where she introduces the “Goddess” portion of the 90-minute presentation highlighting the achievements of women. Hilary Duff, Kristen Bell, Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Martha Stewart catch her every move.
Seeming slightly disheveled and facing loud whispers of “she’s horrible” from the elderly couple seated beside me, Jessica commands attention.
“What is a goddess?” she asks. “A goddess is a woman with supernatural powers or attributes to be worshiped or adored. In ancient civilizations, a goddess was often associated with earth, home, love and motherhood. Over time, our concept of goddess has morphed into a woman being extraordinary, beautiful, great, charmed. The new definition is nice, but somewhat limiting.”
She continues, “Don’t forget, Nike was the goddess of victory. She was a woman of great substance and influence. As I traveled the world for my new show, The Price of Beauty, I came to understand that there is no universal image of beauty. Each culture and each individual defines it in her own way. The goddesses that we celebrate tonight embody the many faces of beauty and they have each redefined what it means to be a woman. I worship each and every one of them.”