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Surprising Side Hustles of Well-Known Celebrities

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


Side Hustle: Definition

A side hustle is work a person does on the side of his regular job to make additional money. It is not a second job or a part-time job. Usually, a side hustle is something the person enjoys doing. He considers it fun rather than work.

A person who has a side hassle is passionate about it. He doesn't have to work at it all the time. He can set his own hours. Some side hustles are temporary without a rigid schedule.

Celebrities Have Side Hustles

It is amazing how many celebrities have a side hustle. In fact, some of them have more than one side hustle in addition to their regular job of acting, singing, dancing, or hosting a television show.

You might think some of the well-known celebrities are busy enough making money on their main job without wanting to have their own side hustles.

Take a look at how some of our favorite celebrities make money "on the side." You will see that some celebrities have more than one side hustle.

Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU

Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU

Clothing Lines as Side Hustles

Many celebrities have a clothing line as a side hustle. You will see their clothes in department stores.

Daymond John is a great example of how a side hustle can work. He continued to be employed at Red Lobster for three years while making clothes. He was so successful that his side hustle turned into a million-dollar enterprise for him. It is known today as FUBU, a hip-hop apparel company that stands for "For Us, By Us." The clothing line includes casual wear, sportswear, suits, belts, shoes, and sunglasses. John's side hustle became his full-time job. Now the 53-year-old entrepreneur appears as an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank.

See other examples listed below.

CelebrityClothing Side Hustle

Cardi B

In 2018, Cardi B launched a fashion line with Fashion Nova. Her clothes sold out almost immediately. When she launched a second line with Fashion Nova in 2019, it sold out on the first day totaling more than $1M.

Lauren Conrad

This reality star launched a clothing line with Kohl’s, along with a housewares line.

Whoopi Goldberg

The iconic actress and television talk show host has an ugly Christmas sweater line at Zappos.

Selena Gomez

This actress and singer has partnered with retailers, including Kmart and many others over the years to create clothing and fashion accessory lines.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson's Fabletics was an online subscription box service for years that delivered athletic wear to subscribers once a month. Fabletics is now in dozens of retail stores across the country.

Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian has a designer sock line known as the Arthur George brand.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez launched her own clothing line in partnership with Kohls. Her clothes fit all women, regardless of size.

Nicki Minaj

Over the years, Nicki Minaj has had a clothing line with Kmart and other retailers.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker started a line of shoes. in Nordstrom, and is now available in numerous department stores. Besides shoes, she has a line of handbags and sunglasses,


In addition to a perfume line, Rihanna also has a high-end women’s clothing line named Fenty which recently added lingerie.

Jaclyn Smith

For many years, Jaclyn Smith had an affordable clothing line for women at Kmart. Now her fashion collection is sold through a licensing agreement with RDG Global LLC.

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan has a men's and boy's clothing line called MSX. It includes everything from casual to dress wear and shoes

Kanye West

Besides his music, the rapper has his own Yeezy billion-dollar clothing line that includes sneakers..


Zendaya has a clothing line as a side hustle. It is called Daya by Zendaya.

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Beauty, Hair Care, and Skincare Products

See which celebrities have side hustles in makeup, skincare, and hair care in the table below. You will see that the beauty and skincare lines are not only women's side hustles, but also some men have jumped on the bandwagon.

CelebrityBeauty Products Side Hustle

Jessica Alba

Healthy products are included in The Honest Company.. Items include vitamins, feminine products, diapers, diaper bags, laundry supplies, baby wipes, all-purpose cleaner, and other healthy products.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty line includes affordable makeup for women that is available at Walmart and Ulta.

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe’s skincare line for men called PROFILE includes face scrubs, cleansers, toners, and shaving creams.


Rihanna's Fenty includes a makeup line.

Rick Ross

Rapping isn't the only thing that Rick Ross does. He launched his own range of luxury beard and hair care products named RICH Hair Care. The line includes products for men and women.

Tracie Ellis Ross

This woman with a beautiful head of hair has a natural hair care line named Pattern which includes shampoos, conditioners, and serums.

Celebrities with Perfumes and Cologne Brands

Celebrities with Perfumes and Cologne Brands

Perfumes and Colognes

Celebrity scents are on the counters of most department stores. There are hundreds of celebrities who have a perfume or cologne attached to their names. The list is much too long to add here. Just know that popular celebrities have a brand of perfume. Most of them are women, including Dolly Parton and Sofia Vergara. A few men are on the list, such as Pharrell Williams and Justin Bieber.

Food as a Side Hustle

There are a large number of celebrities with side hustles in the food industry. The celebrities and their food products are in the table below.

CelebrityFood Side Hustle

Drew Brees

Drew Brees and his wife invested in the Lousiana restaurant chain Walk-On. The chain is known for great burgers

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock has been in the restaurant business since 2009. Her Walton’s Fancy and Staple hosts happy hours, catering services, a full dinner menu, and a gift shop.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj joins Rap Snacks to introduce her Barbie-Que Honey Truffle Potato Chips. They are available at Walmart, Sam’s Club stores, and online.

Cam Newton

A cigar bar, named Fellaship in his native Atlanta with a full menu for meals and cocktails

Shaqnille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal owns more than 100 Five Guys burger franchises and nine Papa Johns restaurant franchises in Atlanta. He also owns over a dozen car washes and forty 24-Hour Fitness locations.

Tom Shelleck

This longtime actor does more than make movies. He owns a large avocado farm in California.

Chrissy Teigen

This celebrity loves cooking. Therefore, her own cookware is sold at Target.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has a line of frozen skillet meals called O, That's Good.

Alcohol and Marijuana Side Hustles

Some celebrity men and women have side hustles that involve having their own brands of alcohol and marijuana. Some of those celebrities along with their side hustles are listed below.

CelebritySide Hustle

George Clooney

In 2013, George Clooney and some friends launched a tequila business that produced a hangover-free spirit. Four years later, their Casamigos tequila brand sold for $1 billion.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is a big name in the growing marijuana industry. He is in partnership with Canadian marijuana manufacturers on branded strands


Drake launched his Virginia Black whiskey in 2016. He has an international deal where it’s featured in the Dubai Airport.

Whoopi Goldberg

The actress and talk show host has a cannabis company named for her mother and brother, Emma & Clyde. The company features a range of edibles, pre-rolls, flowers, and accessories for medical and recreational consumers.

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa has a line of marijuana-related products currently available in Nevada and Arizona. Other products in the line are available in Canada.

Nicki Minaj

Among her other lines, Minaj has a side hustle in the liquor business. MYX Fusions started with a moscato line and now includes a sangria line.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds Aviation Gin has been around since 2006, but Ryan Reynolds joined the ownership team a couple of years ago.

Celebrity Side Hustles in Interior Design

Some celebrities are interested in having side hustles that involve clothes, makeup, skincare products, food, alcohol, or marijuana. However, there are some celebrities who are interested in interior design and have related side hustles. See the list below.

CelebritySide Hustle

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen gave up her daytime talk show after 19 seasons, but she still has some side hustles. Among other things, she has her own lifestyle brand called ED. It has some of the same products a department store has: Clothing, accessories, pet gear, and a home decor line

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz has an interior design side hustle. Kravitz Design opened in 2003. It is best known for its residential interior design even though it also does commercial and product design.

Venus Williams

Since 2002, Venus Williams has been on top of the world of interior design. While people know her only as a tennis player, she has always been passionate about interior design. Her firm, V Starr, designs high-end residential properties, hotels, and other public spaces.

The Kardashians and Jenners

What the Kardashians and Jenners do to make millions are not considered side hustles. Their brands of clothes, perfumes, skincare, and makeup are their main things. Unlike other celebrities, their main careers are not acting, singing, or dancing. Their brands are not side hustles. Instead, their brands are their main hustles.

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