Nicole Richie serves as celebrity mentor on "Fashion Star," NBC's reality competition series that will search for the next great brand.
Richie is a sensation on many fronts: from creative director of a global fashion business to actress, as well as philanthropist and writer.
A native Californian, Richie was born and raised in Los Angeles. Surrounded by beautiful garb and costumes as a youngster, she developed an appreciation for fine fashion at an early age and in 2009, founded The Winter Kate|House of Harlow 1960 collection in partnership with Majestic Mills (apparel) and Modern Vintage (accessories). Following that, her premiere clothing collection, Winter Kate, launched globally in spring 2011, along with her premiere sunglasses collection under existing label House of Harlow 1960. House of Harlow 1960, which launched in 2008, also continues its successful jewelry and shoe collection.
Richie was last seen on the small screen guest starring for the second time on the hit NBC primetime series, "Chuck." She starred in the episodes as the snarky and spiteful girl who tortured the series' lead character, Sarah, at school and is forced to face her again.
Her other TV credits include guest appearances on "Eve" and "Rock Me Baby," HBO's "Six Feet Under", Bravo's "Project Runway" and NBC's "American Dreams" as Brenda Reid, the lead singer of The Exciters. Her film credits include a cameo appearance in Wes Craven's "Cursed" and a role in the feature film "Kids in America."
Richie also spends much of her time working with The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation (RMCF). Launched in December 2007 in honor of the birth of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's daughter Harlow, The Richie-Madden Children Foundation provides meaningful opportunities to children around the world, while also striving to bring light and laughter into their lives through unique entertainment and special events.
RMCF has partnered with the non-profit organization Beyond Shelter to create an annual fundraiser and media events related to youth homelessness. The organization has also developed a media project to raise awareness and inspire action among teenage girls. Richie and Madden, along with their family, aim to use their place in pop culture to raise awareness about the domestic and international issues endangering children, to highlight the organizations that are making a positive impact and to inspire others, especially young people, to get involved.
Richie also serves on the board of the Environmental Media Association and supports other charities including The Young Musicians Fund, The Art of Elysium and The Race to Erase MS. She was recently honored by A Place Called Home for her philanthropic efforts.
In addition to acting, designing and philanthropy, in 2005, Richie wrote and published a best-selling book for Harper Collins, "The Truth About Diamonds." She wrote and published her second novel, "Priceless," in 2010.
Richie currently resides in Los Angeles.