Fashion business
    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 Simmons' goal to fashion Baby Phat, launched in 1999, into an "aspirational lifestyle brand."[10] Her couture line, KLS, launched in Fall 2007.[11]

    A self-help book written by Simmons, 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.

    In February 2008, Simmons' Barbie doll was launched, created under the direction of Simmons.[12][13] She has also launched four perfumes for women: Goddess, Golden Goddess, Seductive Goddess and recently, Baby Phat Fabulosity.

    Simmons has appeared in small roles in television and films including Beauty Shop along with Queen Latifah and Waist Deep. She has also appeared in music videos for Ginuwine, Usher, and made a brief appearance as one of the several beautiful women surrounding the police chief in the 2000 film, Little Nicky.

    In 2003, Simmons signed on as one of the judges on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 1, and it was reported Simmons may return to the judging panel for Cycle 14. She has also been a co-host of Sony Television's syndicated talk show Life & Style.

    On August 5, 2007 her reality TV show premiered on Style Network. Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane chronicles her daily life and routine, along with her relationship with her two daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons. It now re-airs on E! Entertainment Television. Season two premiered on the Style network on April 20, 2008.

    Personal life
    On December 20, 1998, she married Russell Simmons. They have two daughters; Ming Lee (born January 2000) and Aoki Lee (born August 2002). Both Ming Lee and Aoki Lee have modeled for Baby Phat Kids Collection. They live in the city of Los Angeles, California. They moved to Los Angeles from Saddle River, New Jersey.

    Simmons and her husband officially separated in March 2006,[5] saying the couple had split some time before, but still lived together. They would continue to work together on Phat Farm and Baby Phat clothing lines until her less than amicable departure in August 2010.[14]

    By March 2007, Simmons was dating actor and model Djimon Hounsou.[15] In March 2008 she officially filed for divorce from Russell Simmons,[16] which was finalized in January 2009.[17] She gave birth to a baby boy with Hounsou in May 2009, named Kenzo Lee Hounsou.[18][19][20]

    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.[21]

    Simmons is childhood friends with Tyra Banks.
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