Jessica Robertson thinks every girl should have camouflage clothing in her closet.
That Robertson would favor the hunter chic look is no surprise, considering she married into the Robertson family of the reality series "Duck Dynasty."
Camo guns, camo dresses, even camo cars are nothing outlandish for the Robertsons, the country-loving clan from northern Louisiana whose shaggy beards, swamp waders and successful line of duck calls have rocketed them to a record-setting position among A&E's top reality shows.
"Duck Dynasty" chronicles the lives of family patriarch Phil Robertson, who invented the signature duck calls, and sons Willie, Jase and Jep, along with their friends, family and kooky Uncle Si.
Jessica Robertson is the wife of Jeptha "Jep" Robertson, the youngest Robertson son.
She will be a special guest at the Southern Women's Show in Savannah, which is Feb. 21-23 and will feature more than 200 exhibitors from all areas of food, fashion, health and beauty. At 1 p.m. Feb. 22, the busy mother of four will share stories about life in Louisiana and the importance of family and faith, which are core values of the show. She'll answer all your "Duck Dynasty" questions, too.
Before her visit to Savannah, we asked Robertson some questions of our own about her and Jep's new clothing line, the fashion appeal of camo and whether life as a reality TV star is all it's quacked up to be.
Question. I've heard that you are launching a fashion line this year. Can you tell me more about that?
Answer. Jep's line is going to come out first. It is going to be called "Cavalry" and will hopefully come out this spring or summer. It's going to start out with just a few fashion pieces, and it's going to be a lot of jewelry.
Jep is into wearing cool bracelets and chains and necklaces, so a lot of it will be unisex jewelry and will go into my line as well. He always has jewelry (on), ever since I've known him, like cool leather wraps and stuff. The other brothers don't usually wear that, so the fashion line is more up his alley.
Korie (Willie's wife) and I have been working on a clothing line called "Duck Girl." We're not sure exactly what it's going to be yet -- it will be kind of a surprise -- but we've been working on that for about a year. It's going to have junior clothes but will go into 15 to the 30s age group. It's going to be fashionable and really reasonably priced.
Q. What is your opinion on the stylishness of camo?
A. I think a little camo is good for girls to have. In my closet, I have a lot of camo and it's not just hunting camo. I like a cute pair of camo jeans or pants and I always have a couple (of) camo tops. But it's more of a cool, faded camo, so it's not so bright and in your face.
Q. Would you say the show has put stress on your family or brought y'all closer?
A. I know there are a lot of shows that come on and tear families apart, and that's something we didn't want. When we were first presented with the idea of "Duck Dynasty," we got together and prayed about it and said as long as we're doing this as a family, we'll be fine. It's actually brought our relationships closer than ever before.
Q. Are there differences between the reality show and your real life? I understand there is some re-enactment that happens?
A. Sometimes. Like when Si quit, he really did that, but he did that a week before it happened on film. It was so off-the-wall and so funny that we were like, "Oh my gosh, this has to be on the show."
Mostly they just let us roll with it and let us play our part how we would do it normally.
It really is reality and our true nature. The guys really do always have us laughing. And we all love and adore our husbands.
Q. And I have to ask: How did the family handle the controversy regarding Phil's and Si's derogatory comments about gays?
A. Our deal is that we love God, and we love everybody else. And I think that's why the world has embraced the Robertsons so much, because we do love everyone. That's where we're sticking by.
As far as Si and Phil, I've never known them to be ugly to anyone, ever. Phil is open about how he lived his life when he was young. He doesn't look at himself as being better than everyone else, no matter who they are or how they live.
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