Posted: 13 Nov 2011 12:11 AM PST
With Kimora Lee Simmons, what you see is what you get... and then a dollop of fabulousity to boot.
PEOPLE think that Kimora Lee Simmons is a loud, fast-talking, in-your-face kind of woman who doesn't give a hoot about what others think of her.
Well, they are absolutely right.
She doesn't care what haters have to say and is perfectly happy living her fabulous life in the fast lane.
But what many may not know is that Kimora is also extremely friendly, inspiring and has the uncanny ability to put people around her at ease. For someone who is often billed as talkative and obnoxiously blunt, Kimora seems to be one heck of a nice person.
At a recent press meet in Kuala Lumpur, instead of spending the alotted half hour with the press, the fashion expert took over the stage proclaiming "This is my press conference" and answered questions from journalists who had waited over an hour to meet Kimora in person.
The towering star with a megawatt smile patiently answered all questions from the floor for about one hour and no one complained. (Well, save for her minders who had to keep her on a tight schedule).
"Sometimes I am a few minutes late, but I always stay for like 20 hours, so I feel like it balances out," said the extremely PR-savvy personality.
Decked in a cute short dress (which prohibited her from sitting throughout the press conference!) and a pair of killer red heels from her Just Fab footwear line, Kimora spoke about her life, her family, "fabulousity", fashion and everything else in between.
Mistress of all trades
Born to an African-American father and Asian mother in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, Kimora is well-known for her decades long contribution to the fashion industry through Baby Phat and now her KLS fashion empires. She famously got her start in the fashion business, when she was awarded an exclusive modelling contract with Chanel and went to work under renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld at age 13!
She, however, became a household name, thanks to her reality TV series Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane on Channel E! which chronicles her life as a celebrated model, author, businesswoman and more importantly mother.
The fashionista, who is in her mid-thirties has two children - Ming Lee and Aoki Lee - with her ex-husband Russell Simmons, and is currently married to actor Djimon Honsou with whom she has a two-year-old son, Kenzo Lee.
"I always say that I have two husbands – an ex and the next," she joked.
While many women may think that it is impossible to have a glamorous career and come home to a wonderful family at the end of the day, Kimora professed that it is possible to have one's cake and eat it too.
"You do have to sacrifice a lot for what you want in life. You sacrifice sleep ... I never sleep," she jested.
But on a more serious note, Kimora said that in order to achieve a balance juggling family and career one has to make a few sacrifices in life and prioritise.
"For me, God is first. Then my family and then my businesses."
Kimora also stressed that women should not make the mistake of thinking that they can get everything done and that they have to.
"Do what is in front of you and you have to make smart decisions. You have to know that some of those decisions, particularly for women, will help you to go on to realise your dreams and some of it will haunt you later.
"It's a lot to juggle. You have to sacrifice some things to follow your dreams. For a lot of people, following their dreams might mean having two jobs. The job in the night may be your dream, but the job in the day is the one that's paying the bills."
Fabulousity at its best
Those who have followed Kimora's career and watched her reality TV show would attest that the fashionista indeed does love her diamonds, lavish parties, couture gowns and jetsetting lifestyle.
But that is not how it all started for her.
Growing up, the small town girl had but one role model who taught her to dream big – Barbie.
"A lot of people are hard on Barbie but I looked at her and thought 'Oh, she's a veterinarian, she's a doctor, she has Ken, she is beautiful' and I always strived for something better," said Kimora, who realised at a young age that fashion was her calling and remembers being the eight-year-old girl who read Vogue ("Just like my Aoki now," she said).
That very drive was what catapulted her to great heights in fashion and achieve most, if not all, of her dreams.
"Every dream I ever had was outrageous. I am a woman of colour and they (the haters) always said 'You cannot do this. People like you cannot do fashion'.
"Fashion turned me from an ugly duckling to a beautiful woman, but I am the same person inside," she stressed.
A heavy promoter of "fabulousity" - a term she coined to represent "celebrating beauty inside and out, which is being confident and fearless", Kimora is all about living large.
"Fabulosity is something as cliched as 'loving yourself'. It's pursuing your own happiness. I feel that if I don't teach people to love themselves, someone would just come along and say 'You're s***!' and some young girl is going to believe that and go do some crazy things."
Hence, Kimora has taken it upon herself to educate her kids and people around her on the importance of drowning out the voices of haters.
But she does admit that the concept of loving herself has changed through the years.
"Fabulousity is not the same for me today as it was 10 years ago. It is a concept of beauty and power coming from from inside. That has not changed, but it has evolved for me. Now it has evolved to the extent of my family, goals and career," she said. "I've grown up a little bit."
> For your weekly dose of fabulousity tune in to Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane every Tuesday at 8.40pm on E! Entertainment (Astro Ch 712).
If there is anyone in the world who knows about fashion and looking good, it has to be Kimora Lee Simmons. The fashionista shared a few things about being and looking fabulous.
On fashion victims...
"It's someone loves the trend and wears something that doesn't look good on her because it's hot at the moment."
"It's just like lipgloss or a cosmetic that gives you a little more pizzazz."
On flat shoes...
"I wear flats occasionaly ... but I try not to."
On fashion being uncomfortable...
"You pluck your eyebrows; that hurts, you get a wax; that hurts, you squeeze into tight jeans; that hurts. Everything about fashion hurts."
On the ultimate beauty...
"The outside is what you put on but it is what's on the inside that matters."Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
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