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Jessica Simpson: The Singer Then and Now (PHOTOS)

Jessica Simpson has come a long way — we repeat, a long way — over the past decade.

Back in 2000, Jess was a breakout pop star with a super hot boyfriend (98 Degrees’ Nick Lachey) and a unique fashion sense. By 2003, she was an “irresistible” chart-topper with a super hot husband (Nick), a hit MTV reality show (Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica), and a reputation for being a bit of a ditz thanks to her infamous “Chicken by the Sea” comment.

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Nine years, five movie roles, and a high-profile divorce later, Jess is a first-time mom to 2-month-old Maxwell Drew Johnson with her pro-footballer fiance Eric Johnson. While she’s ditched the cringe-worthy fashion (for the most part... ), she hasn’t lost her endearing tendency to say whatever comes to her mind. Case in point: While very pregnant with her little girl, she joked to Jimmy Kimmel, “I feel like I have a bowling ball sitting on my hoo-ha. I’m ready to push!” (We don’t exactly blame her; it did seem like she was preggers for an eternity.)

The new mama is now out to lose her baby weight as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers — to the tune of $4 million. Not bad, right?

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07.13.2012 / 09:09 PM EDT by Laura Case
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