The Ugly Betty star has dreamed of becoming a fashion designer ever since she was a young girl and she is now realising that goal with her V. by Vanessa Williams line for the Evine home shopping network. The collection will debut on Saturday (19Mar16) with 18 pieces that will cost under $100 (£70).

"This collection is a combination of me as a professional, me as a mother, and me as what I wear for comfort around the house (sic)," Vanessa tells People Style. "It's your urban look, it's your suburban look, it's your casual look, and it's your glam look, all in one."

The former beauty queen created the new collection to appeal to women who prefer to cover up and those who feel they are struggling with a particular problem area on their body. She explains she was inspired by her own changing body.

"Particularly for women who are 40 and up," she continues. "My friends and I complain about bra fat and loose arms. We've got a couple areas that we want to cover.

"Gone are the days when you're 20 and you can just wear a little spaghetti strap thing and everything's up and perky by itself. I've gone through my 30s, 40s, 50s and my body keeps changing with every decade.

"Yes, I've got bra fat and love handles. It's a constant struggle. So, my view is, 'Don't give up the fight, keep it moving, embrace where your body is going', and then dress accordingly."