Women of the Present: Kimora Lee Simmons

Baby Phat, KLS, Life In The Fab Lane you've heard one if not all of these before, but do you really know the lady behind them... Kimora Lee Simmons!

Kimora Lee Simmons was definitely an inspiration for so many growing up and continues to be a trailblazer and source of inspiration for young girls and women a like. So let's take a blast through history and see why she's a woman worth aspiring to be like and a woman of the present...

Kimora Lee Simmons is a model, actress, author and entrepreneur that paved the way for urban female fashion. 

After being bullied for her height, her mother decided to enroll Kimora into modeling school where she learned that what she had been teased for could become an asset! Kimora became a model at the young age of 14 after embracing her unique trait of her height. She received her start with an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel (yes the one and only Chanel!) and went to work under Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. If you've ever read her book, you'll quickly learn that she came one of Karl Lagerfeld's favorites and took the modeling world by storm with her unique look and talent. 

Kimora Lee is also known for her high profile relationship with Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons. But Kimora was no trophy wife, instead, she and Russell Simmons became a power couple. Ruling the fashion world and filling a void in the fashion world for urban wear by means of Phat Farm and Baby Phat (every girl had and wanted something from Baby Phat during those times). Kimora is nothing short of a fabulous business woman, which was seen when she and Russell Simmons sold their brands that they built from the ground up for $140 million. 

Kimora went on to publish a great book, Fabulosity: What It Is and How To Get It and has appeared in some of our favorite films: Beauty Shop, Waist Deep and Brown Sugar. Kimora even had her own reality-based television show Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, which had 4 successful seasons. 

But it isn't all just fun and money for this successful businesswoman, Kimora is also passionate about giving back and is committed to engaging in charitable work.

Kimora Lee Simmons isn't just a pretty face, or a model, she's a smart, business savvy woman. A woman that's worth aspiring to be! This is why I have chosen to add Kimora to our Women's History Month series and name her a Woman of the Present!



Tahiry Jose