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Whoopi Goldberg unveils line of 'ugly' Christmas sweaters

Published 12/10/2016

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg channelled the "oddness" in her brain into creating a collection of holiday-themed jumpers.

Whoopi Goldberg has designed a collection of "ugly" Christmas sweaters.

The actress and TV host has entered the fashion world with a range of 11 holiday-themed sweaters, each of which has its own individual name and story.

For instance, the Bite Me sweater features an image of one gingerbread man taking a bite out of another, while the Santa Love jumper has a picture of two Santa Claus’ about to kiss.

“I like Christmas sweaters - the stranger the better,” she told WWD, adding that she wanted the designs to have a witty element. “I have a lot of oddness in my brain, and so, this is the kind of stuff that I think about on a daily basis and happily, it all worked out. They’re fun and they’re sweet and they’re not nasty and they’re not mean. They’re very loving.”

The sweaters will retail for $139 (£113) and will be sold exclusively at selected Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay department stores. The unisex tops range in size from small to extra large, and each garment features a label with a WHOOPI logo.

Whoopi, 60, adds that she is very pleased with the quality of the garments and hopes they will become collectors’ items.

“The quality of the Christmas sweaters has gone down for me,” she said. “We wanted to do them really well. They’re cashmere blends and they’re really soft.”

In addition, the Sister Act star intends to wear her Christmas sweaters throughout the month of December on her TV chat show The View, as well as for a forthcoming appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

However, she’s hard-pressed to choose a favourite item from the range, sharing that she “likes them all”.

“There’s Charlie Brown (with a depressing Christmas tree) on one side and a full-on tree with lights on the other side. I love the two Santas kissing. I love the odd family…” she smiled.

Whoopi’s Christmas sweaters will be available to purchase from 1 November (16).

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