She’s a rock icon, a fashion designer, and a new mom! So how will Gwen Stefani find the time to be a coach on “The Voice?” Rumors are swirling that the No Doubt frontwoman is set to join the NBC singing competition next season, and while longtime “Voice” host Carson Daly couldn’t confirm the casting rumor, he recently told reporters that he thinks the 44-year-old rock star would be a great pick.
“[Stefani] certainly fits that bill, that shortlist of what we have to be a good coach on the show, which is somebody who’s got some experience and who’s on top of their game,” he said. “She’s friends with the other coaches but has a strong opinion, which is also important. They can’t all just be too lovey out there. So I think she’d be a solid choice.”
Stefani may be best known or her hit songs like “Hollaback Girl” and “The Sweet Escape,” but no doubt about it, her career path has included a couple of interesting pit stops as well.
Check out five of Gwen Stefani’s past jobs, some that had nothing to do with the music biz.
Dairy Queen worker
Back in the day, Stefani started out with a typical high school job. According to Shape, she worked at a local Dairy Queen, mopping floors and scooping out ice cream. DQ proved to be a pivotal career stop, though, as her band No Doubt was formed by a group of employees at the ice cream shop.
Department store worker
She’s a fashionista now, but when she was 20 years old, Stefani worked in a department store that sold not-so-trendy clothes. She told Elle , “When I was 20, I worked in a department store-basically mature women’s shop with, like, polyester slacks. The clothes were horrible, but I really enjoyed helping women pick outfits. Later, I graduated to be one of the stuck-up girls at the makeup counter, which was a big deal … I got to smell all the fragrances and be with all the pretty girls and intimidate everybody. Well, I didn’t, but they did.”
Speaking of fragrances, in 2007 the rocker launched her own perfume as a part of her L.A.M.B. clothing and accessories line. At the time she told the Associated Press, “The whole L.A.M.B. thing is pretty greedy. I’m making it all for me. The goal with this fragrance is that I’ll wear it and have endless bottles of it.” The following year she released her Harajuku Girls fragrance line. The scents: Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby and G (for Gwen, of course!)
The fashion loving Stefani is set to launch her third clothing line this spring. In addition to the high end L.A.M.B. collection, which debuted nearly a decade ago, she’s the head honcho of the Harajaku Lovers clothing line. Now she’s teamed up with denim guru Michael Glasser for a new label, DWP (Design With Purpose), that’s set to feature a line of lightweight basics that includes moto vests, slouchy pants and crop tops.
In 2006, Stefani made her acting debut in Marti Scorsese flick “The Aviator,” playing blonde bombshell Jean Harlow. (She even scored a Screen Actors Guild Award nod for her performance!) In an interview with MTV, the No Doubt lead singer said, “Acting is a lot different than singing. It’s not as theatrical, it’s a lot more subtle, and that’s a lot harder. Simpler is usually harder. So I would love to do more. I got my feet wet, but I would love to go swimming.”
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