An author, fashion model, TV star, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions, Kimora Lee Simmons has a lot under her belt of accomplishments. She was born on May 4, 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother, Joanne Perkins, was born in Korea, but is Japanese. Her father, Vernon Whitlock Jr., is African American.
Being very tall for her age (5 feet 10 inches tall by the age of ten) and of mixed ancestry she was picked on and bullied in school. She began studying modeling at the age of eleven. At the age of thirteen she was discovered by a representative of seminal Paris Agency Glamour, Marie-Christine Kollock, at a Model Search in Kansas City. She was then sent to Paris. She is also a High School graduate from Lutheran North High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Soon after her thirteenth birthday Kimora Lee signed an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel. She then began working under the tutelage of Karl Lagerfeld. The fashion world took notice of her when she closed Lagerfeld’s haute couture show in 1989.
She has worked on the development of the Baby Phat line launched in 1999.
She has written a self-help lifestyle book, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It, which was published by HarperEntertainment in February 2006.
She has launched five perfumes for women; the most recent is “Dare me”.
She has appeared on TV, music videos, and films such as Beauty Shop, Little Nicky, Waist Deep, Ginuwine and Usher.
Kimora Lee also signed on as one of the judges on America’s Next Model. Also appearing as a co-host of Sony Television’s syndicated talk show Life & Style.
While CEO of Phat Fashions her daily life and routine as a mother was chronicled on her reality TV show, Kimora.
Kimora Lee Simmons has an impressive string of accomplishments but, in my opinion, her greatest accomplishment and probably her only natural talent is her appeal to the masses. Let’s face it, she’s not a beauty queen, her acting abilities are limited, and she doesn’t appear to be that smart.
Now true, marketing can make anything and anybody look good, but talent is need for staying power. She has been around for years and only seem to be growing in popularity.
A star was once someone who rose up and performed apart and beyond the rest of us. Today, a star appears to be someone who can be just like the rest of us, just doing what we wish we could be doing.
My sources for this article on Kemora Lee Simmons came from Wikipedia.