Kimora Lee Simmons

15 Sep

Kimora Lee Simmons (née Perkins; born May 4, 1975[1]) is an American fashion model, author, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions.

Early life

Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri.[3][4] Her mother, Joanne Perkins, is Korean-born Japanese[5] who later worked as a Social Security Administrator. She was adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War and she now goes by her own mother’s Japanese name, Kyoko. Kimora’s father, Vernon Whitlock Jr., is African American, has worked as a Federal Marshal, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigator, a bail bondsman, and is currently a barber in St. Louis.[6]

Growing up in the northern St. Louis suburb of Florissant, Missouri, Kimora was the target of schoolyard bullying and teasing, because of her height (she was 5 feet, 10 inches tall by the time she was 10 years old)[6][7] and mixed ancestry. To help her, Kimora’s mother enrolled her in a modeling class when she was eleven years old. Two years later she was discovered by Marie-Christine Kollock (a representative for seminal Paris Agency Glamour) at a Model Search in Kansas City (organized by Kay Mitchell) and sent to Paris.

Kimora is a graduate of Lutheran North High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fashion business

Just after her thirteenth birthday, Kimora was awarded an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel and went to work under the tutelage of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. She quickly gained attention in the fashion world when she closed Lagerfeld’s haute couture show in 1989. “Everything people thought was weird about me before”, Kimora told People Weekly, “was now good”.

In 2004, Russell Simmons sold Phat Farm to Kellwood Company for $140 million. When Russell stepped down as CEO of Phat Fashions LLC in September 2007, Kimora—who was already Creative Director of Baby Phat (which was a branch off Phat Farm Industries)—was promoted by Kellwood to President and Creative Director of Phat Fashions. It was her goal to fashion Baby Phat, launched in 1999, into an “aspirational lifestyle brand”.[8] Her couture line, KLS, launched in Fall 2007.[9]

A self-help book written by Kimora, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It, was published by HarperEntertainment in February 2006. The book is set to function as a ‘lifestyle manual’ on everything from spirituality and finances to fashion and beauty. She has also launched five perfumes for women: GoddessGolden GoddessSeductive GoddessBaby Phat FabulosityLove me, and the last fragrance she put out from her time with Baby Phat, Dare Me.

On September 1, 2010, Simmons parted ways with Baby Phat and its management company, Kellwood.[10] The details as to why Kimora was removed as Creative Director haven’t been very clear; some blog sites are claiming that it was because Kimora was spending too much money on company pursuits and giving far too much pay to herself and her children.[11] Since the split, Kimora plans to launch her KLS collection and Kouture by Kimora Brands. She also has an exclusive brand coming to Macy’s that will offer stylish clothes for under $40.

Film and television

Simmons has appeared in small roles in television and films including Beauty ShopBrown SugarWaist Deep, and Little Nicky. She has also appeared in music videos for Ginuwine and Usher.

In 2003, Simmons signed on as one of the judges on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 1. She was scheduled to return to the show as a judge starting with cycle 14.[12] However, she changed her plans and did not return to the show as judge.[13] She has been a co-host of Sony Television‘s syndicated talk show Life & Style.

On August 5, 2007, season one of her reality TV show, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, premiered on Style Network. The show chronicles her daily life and routine as a mother and then-CEO of Phat Fashions.

Personal life

On December 20, 1998, Kimora married Russell Simmons. They have two daughters; Ming Lee Simmons (born January 21st 2000) and Aoki Lee Simmons (born August 16th 2002). Kimora and Russell officially separated in March 2006.[3] Although the couple had split some time before, they continued to live together up to this point.

By March 2007, Kimora was dating actor and model Djimon Hounsou,[14] and in March 2008, she filed for divorce from Russell.[15] The divorce was finalized in January 2009.[16]

In the summer of 2008, Kimora and Hounsou participated in a traditional Benin wedding ceremony, and in May 2009, their son, whom they named Kenzo Lee Hounsou was born.[17][18][19]

She established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund at her high school alma mater in St. Louis to provide college tuition support for academically successful girls with financial needs and is an active member of youth advocacy organizations including Amfar, The G&P Foundation, Keep a Child Alive, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Rush Philanthropic where she is on the Board of Directors. The mayor of St. Louis presented Simmons the key to the city and named March 18, 2008 “Kimora Day” in St. Louis.

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