Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Leissner, formerly Simmons, popularly known as Kimora Lee Simmons is an American fashion model and fashion designer.

Kimora Lee Leissner, formerly Simmons, popularly known as Kimora Lee Simmons is an American fashion model and fashion designer. She took over Baby Phat and became CEO/creative director through 2010. She is known for her own reality television shows, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, and Kimora: House of Fab. She has over 1.8 million followers on her Instagram.

She is well-known for her work as a fashion model and designer.

Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane and Kimora: House of Fab are her own reality television shows.
Early years, birthplace, nationality, parents, siblings, ethnicity, religion, and education are all factors to consider.

Kimora Lee was born on May 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. Kimora Lee Perkins is her given name. Vernon Whitlock Jr. was her father, and Joanne “Kyoko” Perkins was her mother. Her birthplace is in the United States, in the city of St. Louis. She is a citizen of the United States. Taurus is her zodiac sign. She grew up in Florissant, Missouri, a northern St. Louis suburb.

During the Korean War, her mother was born in Korea to a Japanese mother and adopted by a US serviceman. She was born and raised in the United States. Her father served in St. Louis as a Federal Marshal, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prosecutor, a bail bondsman, and eventually as a barber. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking. Agents from the government wanted to employ her father as an informant, but he declined and was sentenced to five years in jail. She was adopted by her mother after her parents divorced.

In St. Louis, Missouri, she attended Lutheran North High School. Because of her height and mixed ancestry, she was bullied. By the age of ten, she stood 5 feet and 10 inches tall. When she was eleven years old, her mother enrolled her in a modeling class to help her gain confidence.

Marie-Christine Kollock, a representative for the seminal Paris Agency Glamour, discovered Kimora at a Model Search in Kansas City and sent her to Paris.

Career as a model

Kimora has signed a deal with Chanel as an exclusive model. She had only turned 14 years old at the time.

She began her career as a model for Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

After closing Lagerfeld’s haute couture show in 1989, she rapidly gained popularity in the fashion world.

She went on to walk for Fendi, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.

Harper’s Bazaar has featured her on the covers of their German, Indonesian, Singaporean, and Malaysian editions.


Kimora’s then-husband, Russell Simmons sold his clothing line Phat Farm to Kellwood Company for $140 million in 2004.

Simmons who was already the creative director of Baby Phat (branch off Phat Farm Industries) was promoted to president and creative director of Phat Fashions.

Her high-end sportswear line, KLS launched in fall 2007.

Kimora parted her ways with Baby Phat and its management company, Kellwood in September 2010.

The reason for her removal from the firm has not been clear. It is reported by some blogs that she was spending too much money on company pursuits and giving too much pay to herself and her children.

Kimora planned to launch her KLS collection and Kouture by Kimora Brands.

She announced in September 2011 that she has become the new creative director and president of the personalized shopping website, JustFab.

She parted ways with JustFab in May 2015.

She relaunched her KLS label as a high-end line in June 2015. She opened her first boutique in Beverly Hills.

The line began being carried at Bloomingdale’s in the Aventura Mall in 2016.


She has appeared in small roles in several films and television.

She has appeared in films, For Love or Money, The Big Tease, Brown Sugar, Beauty Shop, Rebound, and Waist Deep.

She has appeared in music videos “Tapout”, “Change Clothes”, and “In Those Jeans”.

She was one of the judges on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 1 in 2003.

She has been a co-host of Sony Television’s syndicated talk show, Life & Style.

She then appeared in her own reality show, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane between 2007 and 2011.

She later appeared in her own reality show, Kimora: House of Fab in 2013.

Other Ventures

She wrote a self-help book, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It, and was published in February 2016. The book is about a lifestyle manual on everything from spirituality and finances to fashion and beauty.

She has launched 5 perfumes for women: Goddess, Golden Goddess, Seductive Goddess, Baby Phat Fabulosity, Love Me, and Dare Me.

She sponsored KLS Rushcard which included her own line of purple Rushcards.


She established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund at her high school alma mater in St. Louis. The fund provides college tuition support to academically successful girls with financial needs. She is also an active member of youth advocacy organizations including Amfar, The G&P Foundation, Keep a Child Alive, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Rush Philanthropic.

The mayor of St. Louis presented her the key to the city and has named 18 March 2008, “Kimora Day” in St. Louis.

Who is Kimora Lee married to?

Kimora Lee first married Russell Simmons. They first met during 1992 New York City’s Fashion Week when Kimora was 17. On 20 December 1998, they got married to each other. The couple shares 2 daughters together, Ming Lee Simmons, and Aoki Lee Simmons. The couple separated in March 2006 and their divorce was later finalized in January 2009.

She then started dating actor and model, Djimon Hounsou in March 2007. The couple participated in a traditional Benin commitment ceremony in the summer of 2008. The couple shares a son together, Kenzo Lee Hounsou. They later separated in November 2012. They were never legally married in the United States.

Kimora Lee then married former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner. She confirmed that they had been married for a while in February 2014. The couple shares a son together, Wolfe Lee Leissner.

She lives with her family in Beverly Hills, California.

Legal Issues

She was arrested and charged with reckless driving, eluding police, driving with broken brake light, and marijuana possession in July 2004. She was arrested after a two-mile chase that began near the Saddle River Police Station and ended outside her estate in Saddle River, New Jersey. She was placed on six months probation after she pleaded guilty to the reckless driving charge.

What Are Kimora Lee’s Body Measurements?

Kimora Lee stands at a height of 1.83 m i.e. 6 feet. She has a bodyweight of 154 lbs i.e. 70 kg. She has a voluptuous body build. Her body measurements are 38-29-37 inches. She wears a bra of size 34D. She has brown eyes and her hair color is Black. She wears a dress of size 8 (US) and shoes of size 10.5 (US).

How much is Kimora Lee Worth?

Kimora is one of the established model and fashion businesswoman. She started her career as a model and later entered into business in the fashion industry. She has modeled promoted several brands as a model. Later, she has launched several of her own clothing lines and perfumes. Besides modeling and business, she has also appeared in films and tv shows. Working in the entertainment industry is her major source of income. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated at $50 million.

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