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Nicole Richie Lands the Cover of InStyle Australia (Photo Gallery)

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Nicole Richie InStyle Australia

When Nicole Richie found herself on the cover of InStyle Australia, it wasn’t a big surprise. After all, she has very special family ties to the country: Her husband Joel Madden is a judge on the Australian version of “The Voice.”

Richie explained, “It was great seeing him have so much fun. Remember that this is something he is so passionate about. Joel and [twin brother] Benji have really struggled to get where they are and they came from nothing. This project, and being a mentor to struggling singers, was something that really hits home for Joel. The overall excitement stems from the compassion and heart he feels for these artists.”

That’s something her and her husband have in common is a love of music. “My inspiration always starts with music. There’s a real connection between fashion and music, and each season I try to bring the two together. There’s a certain feeling, a special place in your heart, when you hear a song you love. I try to tap into the same feeling through my clothing. I don’t have muses — it’s not so literal — but I’m obviously inspired by the music of the ’60s and ’70s. I love the overall freedom of that time. The idea of clashing didn’t exist, and you were able to freely mix fabrics, prints and colors.”

You can read more with Richie in the September issue of InStyle Australia.

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