One thing is clear, both women will fight to the death for their rights!
Jessica Simpson is an American actress, fashion designer, and singer who came into the limelight during her teenage years. She started singing and performing with church choirs before getting signed to Columbia Records at age 17.
At age 25, she launched a fashion brand, Jennifer Simpson Collections (JSC). It was a brand intended to reshape the latter part of her career, with fashion accessories becoming the first choice for many fashion enthusiasts.
An ardent Simpson fan would realize that the last few years have been rough for the fashion designer as she got involved in a complicated process of trying to regain complete control of her brand.
It was such a bold business move that many fans compared hers to Taylor Swift’s experience with her music. Recently, the American singer/songwriter also embarked on a journey to reclaim ownership of her music.
Simpson Fought To Regain Ownership Of Her Fashion Brand
The Jessica Simpson Collection (JSC), which kicked off in 2005, became an exclusive fashion brand that features every fashion accessory ranging from children’s clothing to high-end shoes and other fashion products.
However, the business struggled, which almost led to Simpson losing control of her company for years. Last year, Sequential Brands Group Inc., the parent company, filed for bankruptcy protection. In other words, the company threatened to put Simpson’s brand under them, and at the time, Simpson and her mom, Tina, owned a minority share in the company.
After the filing, Simpson knew she had to act fast to regain complete control. She started going through negotiations to reclaim her business ownership, although it wasn’t easy.
The processes consumed months of back and forth negotiations, but they finally regained ownership of the brand, which is considered a billion-dollar business.
Jessica Simpson Opened Up About The Victory Process
A few months ago, Simpson took her ordeal to social media, where she opened up about the long, rough path to reclaiming ownership of her fashion brand. In an Instagram post shared late last year, she credited her business partners for the help.
She described the feeling as a moment of personal grace and redemption in the post. She noted that she never looked at herself as the ‘BOSS’ because she has eight extraordinary ladies helping her mom while she creates the moving parts of the brand.
A few weeks later, she shared a selfie shot on her Instagram to celebrate the finalization of the business negotiations. She captioned the post, “We withstood the battle, and today, we confidently claim victory.”
She continually shared more posts to celebrate her success and posted some inspirational messages to keep her fans moving. She highlighted the importance of self-belief, perseverance in your unique journey in life.
Taylor Swift’s Battle To Reclaim Ownership Of Her Music
Some of Simpson’s fans who are familiar with what Swift went through claimed that one incident mirrored the other. They claim that there is so much similarity between Simpson fighting for her brand and Swift fighting for her music.
The American singer/songwriter made headlines three years ago when she expressed her displeasure with Scooter Braun, an American businessman, and talent manager, who bought her former music record label, Big Machine Records.
Braun owned the master recordings of her first six albums under the record label with the successful purchase. Swift noted that all her attempts at repurchasing them were unsuccessful. Two years ago, her masters were sold to an undisclosed person.
According to reports from CNN, Swift said on Twitter that she would have to sign a document that would keep her mute forever even before she stood a chance to bid on her projects. If she signed it, she has no rights to her music thenceforth.
How Did Swift Resolve The Issue?
Swift knew what was at stake if she appended her signature on the document, so she refused to sign. In the end, she decided to re-record all the tracks and albums as that was the best option to regain control of her artistry.
Later on, Braun blamed the disagreement between him and Swift on poor communication. Many of her fans took his claims with a pinch of salt, knowing how well record label owners can be cruel to their signees.
For fans of both celebrities, Swift’s ordeal echoed Simpson’s because the process to reclaim ownership of craft was successful for both of them. That way, they redefined their future on their terms.
On Swift’s side, reclaiming her masters involved a lengthy court wreck while Simpson’s quest involved several negotiations and board meetings. In the end, they both got what they wanted, and it put smiles on their fans’ faces.