Friday, November 12, 2010
Icon: Kimora Lee Simmon
As I grow older, I am influenced more and more by entrepreneurs. Mainly because, even though I'm in the early stages, that is what I am. One entrepreneur that I absolutely love and have so much respect for is Kimora Lee Simmons, so it is only right that she be placed in my Icon category.
Kimora Lee Simmons grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri (she's a mid-western girl too...I'm originally from Ohio ;P ) and was raised by a single mother. Growing up, Kimora was teased by other kids at school because she was so different. Being of Japanese and African American heritage, and nearly six feet tall by age 11, Kimora was most definately an oddity at school, and kids even called her "Chinky Giraffe" (how hurtful!). To boost her confidence, Kimora's mother enrolled her in modeling classes...while her appearance was odd to others, it was beautiful and something to be celebrated in the modeling world.
Her mother was right. By age 13, Kimora had been discovered by a scout for an agency, and was eventually shipped off to grace the runways of Paris, France. Soon after, Kimora was discovered by Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director for the House of Chanel, and she served as his muse. Before even becoming an official "adult", Kimora had graced the covers and pages of top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar.
Kimora entered the world of fashion design when she produced custom made baby t-shirts that read "Baby Phat" for the female models to wear during 1999 Phat Farm Men's Collection runway show at New York Fashion Week. Soon, everybody wanted that t-shirt, and from there, and entire women's collection was launched, and Baby Phat was born. Kimora served as creative director of Phat Fashions, and was the driving force behind the brands, ad campaigns, marketing, and business strategies. In addition, Kimora also stars in the Style Network's "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane", and is author of the book "Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It." She also is heavily into philanthropy, and donates her time and support to numerous charitable organizations. Kimora Lee Simmons has achieved so much in her short life of only 35 years, and on top of everything that she does, she also is a mother of 3 children, and a wife.
Kimora truly inspires me. She knew what she wanted from a very early age, and worked hard (and continues to do so). It is so common for people to say how badly they want something, yet they are unwilling to sacrifice in order to acquire what they truly want, but Kimora is a perfect example of what vision, goals, and determination can bring about. I love the fact that she is a young business woman who is able to balance her normal life of motherhood and being a wife. I love the fact that she shows her two daughters and son exactly what a strong woman should be, and that any goal is attainable no matter what your circumstances are. What I love most though, is that even though her over the top personality makes her seem like some type of "diva", when you see Kimora in action, she is truly just a real person, and is truly someone to be admired.