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EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Wright talks shoes, siblings and shopping splurges

2 June 2016
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She's part of one of Essex's most famous families, but Jessica Wright is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. Since shooting to fame on ITVBe's The Only Way Is Essex, she's gone on to release a successful clothing line and has even tried her hand at writing fiction novels.

Jess, 30, recently released her second collection of footwear, and we sat down with her at Vanilla London to talk shoes, siblings and shopping splurges – and she revealed whether or not the Wrights plan to become our answer to the Kardashians.

Discussing the latest collection of Jessica Wright Footwear, she exclusively tells HELLO! Online: "Everything was designed by me from scratch. I'm such a shoe lover, growing up all I cared about was shoes. My obsession is quite dangerous! Some of the collection is inspired by designers I love, some were of course inspired by what's on trend right now and even just from the ideas I've got in my head."


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Jessica Wright launches her second footwear collection

In February Jess attended the 2016 Brit Awards and, being an original cast member of a BAFTA winning reality TV show certainly has its advantages when it comes to free advertising.

"I think my favourite pair from the collection are the Amarale metallic pink heels," she says. "I wore them to the Brits, I'm such a girly girl and I just love the glittery heels!"

Although you'd expect Jess' wardrobe to be shoe heaven these days, she reveals she still struggles to resist adding to her collection – and even regrets one or two purchases.

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The collection was designed - from scratch - by Jess

She continues: "The most I've ever spent on a pair is around £800. I once bought some that were so uncomfortable that I wore them once and I'll probably never wear them again!"

Of course Jess isn't the only famous member of the Wright family. Her cousins Leah and Elliott have also starred in TOWIE, along with her mum Carol and their beloved Nanny Pat, while younger brother Mark, 29, has his hands full with his TV presenting and marriage to actress Michelle Keegan.

But recently she brought another member of their family to prominence: baby sister Natalya, who features in the latest campaign for Jess' clothing line, With Love Jessica.

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Brother Josh, mum Carol, sister Natalya and dad Mark Snr were there to support Jess

"Natalya is stunning, in my eyes," Jess insists. "She's tall, she's tiny, she's beautiful but she's very shy. We get on so well and we're very close, but she's a very different person to me. She's not into the whole celebrity thing, but she looks great in all of the clothes so we just wanted to get her incorporated."

But would Jess, Mark, Natalya and co ever want to take over reality TV here in the UK? "I would never say no to a family show," Jess says. "But I think, for the time being, Mark is focusing on his presenting, I've got all of my projects and I'd love to get more into television myself. But we'll see what happens!"

Last year Jess released Sparkling Stilettos, the first in her novel trilogy, but, right now, she isn't planning to follow in friend Ferne McCann's footsteps and release an autobiography.

She adds: "I feel like I've got so much to tell! There's so much that people don't know about me, so it would be a very big reveal. It would have to be when the time is absolutely right."

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