About Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons is a famous American fashion model, former creative director of Baby Phat and a current president of the self styled online business JustFab. The company provides personalized retail and styling services, produces and sells handbags, shoes and other small items. Kimora Lee Simmons net worth is currently estimated at $50 million.
Kimora was born in Missouri to Joanne Perkins (Korean-born Japanese). She was adopted by Vernon Whitlock, a former Federal Marshal and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigator, currently working as a barber in her hometown. Joanne and Vernon broke up when she was still a toddler and since then Kimora was raised by her single mother. Lee has no siblings and the two women lived alone all those years. As a kid Kimora did not have a lot of friends and was unpopular at school.
Quite ironically, the teasing and bullying she had to put up with was caused by the same looks and physical features that eventually boosted Kimora Lee Simmons net worth to tens of millions. Her peers used to make laughs about Kimora’s height, which was 5.1 feet by the time a girl turned 10.
In order to help Kimora build some self confidence her mother took the girl to the local modeling classes. Not only it helped Simmons to come to terms with her own body and learn to be proud of her exotic looks, those classes was the starting point of an impressive career that boosted Kimora Lee Simmons net worth to $50 million.
Lee was noticed by the representative of Paris Agency Glamour and sent to France when she was still basically a kid. Within weeks after Kimora turned 14 she signed a contract with Chanel and went on to work with one of the most talented designers in the world, Karl Lagerfeld. Working with this designer Kimora achieved international recognition and became one of the highest paid models in the world. In 1992, when Kimora was 17 years old, she met her would-be husband, a 35-year old Russell Simmons. For those who did not know, Russell is an American business magnate, one of the founders of recording label Def Jam and a creator of three clothing fashion lines, most notably- Phat Farm.
Russell’s fortunes are considerably bigger than Kimora Lee Simmons net worth: he owns assets worth $340 million.
The couple got married in 1998, when Lee was 23 years old. The service was held by Russell’s brother and a Pentecostal minister Joey Simmons, better known as Reverend Run from a famous hip-hop band Run DMC. Unfortunately, neither Kimora Lee Simmons net worth nor her husband’s fortunes helped them save their marriage. The couple’s official divorce was finalized in 2009.