Russell Simmons says Kimora married investment banker beau

Russell Simmons says Kimora married investment banker beau

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. model, fashion designer and author Kimora Lee Simmons has married investment banker Tim Leissner, her ex-husband announced via Twitter.
Kimora Lee Simmons married Tim Leissner

Kimora Lee Simmons married Tim Leissner

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Kimora Lee Simmons is a remarried woman, and ex-husband Russell Simmons confirmed her new marriage on Twitter.
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Hounsou and Simmons split up

Hounsou and Simmons split up

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Djimon Hounsou's publicist says the Beninese-American actor has ended his long-term romance with Kimora Lee Simmons.
Hounsou and Simmons break up

Hounsou and Simmons break up

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- American fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons and African actor Djimon Hounsou have ended their five-year romance, the New York Daily News reported.
Kimora and Djimon name son Kenzo

Kimora and Djimon name son Kenzo

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. fashion designer and reality TV personality Kimora Lee Simmons says she and her actor beau Djimon Hounsou named their newborn son Kenzo Lee Hounsou.
Simmons to pay $40K a month in support

Simmons to pay $40K a month in support

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has approved a custody agreement in which Russell Simmons promises to pay $40,000 in monthly child support, Usmagazine.com said.
Simmons, Hounsou expecting baby

Simmons, Hounsou expecting baby

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. model and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons is pregnant with her first child by her Benin-born actor beau Djimon Hounsou, a source told Usmagazine.com.

Simmons sued over beauty products

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Macy's is suing Big Phat founder Kimora Lee Simmons for allegedly overcharging the department store for her line of beauty products.

Miss USA 2007 crowned

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner, passed her crown on to Miss Tennessee USA Rachel Smith Friday night, making her Miss USA 2007. Smith was chosen by a star-studded judge panel, which included Tennessee Titan's quarterback Vince Young, talk show host Jerry Sprin

Fashion Week going strong in New York

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- New York City's Fashion Week has been going strong, even with all the expected chaos, a published report says.

Spears: Being single is 'awesome'

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Recently divorced singer Britney Spears, in New York attending a fashion show as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, said being single is "awesome."

The first couple of hip-hop calls it quits

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- Rap mogul Russell Simmons and his model wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, Friday announced the end of their seven-year marriage.

Asian Awards doled out in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- "Kung Fu Hustle" took the top film award at AZN TV's fifth annual "Asian Excellence Awards" ceremony in Los Angeles.

New York mag lists biggest female earners

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- New York magazine reports actress Sarah Jessica Parker earns more money than any other woman in the Big Apple.

BET announces 'SOS' lineup

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Juvenile, Wynton Marsalis, David Banner, Baby and Lil Wayne will be among the performers for BET's telethon for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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Kimora Lee Simmons
SLP2000070820- 08 JULY 2000- ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Model Kimora Lee Simmons, smiles while in a lunch line at Planet Hollywood in downtown St. Louis, July 8. bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Kimora Lee Simmons (born Kimora Lee Perkins on May 4, 1975) is an American fashion model, author, and the president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions. Formerly the Creative Director of Baby Phat, Simmons became CEO of Phat Fashions after ex-husband Russell Simmons stepped down. A 2007 reality television show, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, focuses on her life as a mother and CEO of Phat Fashions. She has appeared in music videos and was a judge on the first season of America's Next Top Model.

Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri and is of Asian and African American descent. Her mother is Joanne Perkins (who was adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War and named her Joanne Perkins), who now goes by the Japanese name "Kyoko." Her father is African American Vernon Whitlock Jr., who previously worked as a Federal Marshall, a Social Security Administrator, and then a barber in St. Louis.

Growing up in the northern St. Louis suburb of Florissant, Missouri, Simmons was the target of schoolyard bullies and teasing, because of her height and Asian ancestry. By the time she was 10 years old, she was 5-feet 10-inches tall, There was no Asian influence or population in her community. She had difficulty fitting in with black students at her school, but had a much easier time fitting in with white students. Simmons' mother enrolled her daughter in a modeling class when she was eleven years old. Two years later, at the age of thirteen, she was discovered by Marie-Christine Kollock (a representative for seminal Paris Agency Glamour) at a Model Search in St. Louis (organized by Kay Mitchell) and sent to Paris. Simmons was awarded an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel and just after her thirteenth birthday, to work under the tutelage of famed Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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