He’s one of the biggest names in fashion, so all of a sudden it gave me a validity and introduced me to a whole other world.’By the time she had turned 17, Kimora had already caught the eye of Russell Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam label as well as creator of the Phat Farm clothing line (Kimora is former creative director and co-founder of its subsidiary, Baby Phat).She married him at 23 and though the couple separated in 2006, Simmons occasionally pops up in Kimora’s various TV shows with their two daughters Ming, now 13, and Aoki, ten.
It’s just about having an active lifestyle.’It has spawned books (Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It) and perfumes (Baby Phat Fabulosity) and, says Kimora, ‘I came up with that phrase many years ago and people just seem to love it.
It’s about knowing that we come with so much that is already fabulous but knowing also that we can always improve and be better.
‘People might be mad I’m saying this, but [men] do have a lot of hang-ups.
But that shouldn’t deter you ladies from being great!
‘A lot of my ideals come from my mom,’ she says, ‘and seeing what she sacrificed for me and how hard she worked definitely shaped me.’ Did her mother constantly tell her she was fabulous?
‘Well, I think people used different words for it back then! ‘But she was definitely the prototype of strong womanhood for me and it’s where I get a lot of my determination from.’ Her exotic ancestry (Kimora is of Korean, Japanese and African-American descent) meant that growing up in the Midwest in the mid-Seventies and Eighties presented its own particular set of problems.But it’s all OK because I’m comfortable with myself now.It’s about being healthy and active and having a crazy schedule and running after my three kids, so I probably eat very sporadically – lots of smaller meals and snacks.“All of us love @Official Kimora but the fact is she is happily married. He was photographed with Kimora and her family on a Christmas vacation in St. Congratulations to the happy couple on the great news!It’s all water under the bridge now, but being bullied and going through adversity definitely made me stronger.’ To improve Kimora’s confidence, her mother enrolled her in a modelling class when she was ten years old and after embarking on her modelling career at the age of 13, Kimora was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to model for Chanel, where she went on to walk the runways of Paris, Milan and New York.