A couple of weeks ago we learned that Jessica Simpson finally gave birth to her first baby … a girl she named Maxwell Drew. Altho Jess has tweeted some about baby Max, we haven’t seen hide nor hair of the wee darling … and now we know why. While some celebs (notably Hilary Duff and Beyoncé) have decided to share the first photos of their babies themselves (for free), Jessica has decided to cash in on the first photos of her baby girl. Apparently, Jessica sold the first photos of Maxwell Drew to People magazine for a cool $800,000. Ker-ching!
Did the anticipation for Jessica Simpson’s baby, following a marathon pregnancy, create a bidding war for her new baby pictures? Not really. Several sources told WWD that People magazine will pay the former pop star about $800,000 to run exclusive photos … Simpson’s deal with People isn’t too significant, at least compared to celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, who sold photos of his newborn son to OK magazine for $3 million, according to reports. When Jennifer Lopez gave birth to twins, she pocketed $6 million from People and, although it’s probably unfair to compare, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt famously received around $11 million for the exclusive on their twins.
Honestly, I am not blaming Jessica for selling the photos. I don’t know that I would turn down $800K for photos of anything (I’m serious, make me an offer) so I can’t fault Jess for doing so. While celebs like Hilary, Beyoncé and Bruce Willis are happy to give away the first photos of their children, other celebs are even happier to cash in. People magazine is usually pretty good about getting these first baby photos to press very quickly so I suspect we’ll be getting our first look at Maxwell Drew very soon. For $800K, I hope she’s worth the wait.