Best friend (who also served as maid of honor at Kimora’s wedding) is model/actress Tyra Banks. She has two daughters, Ming Lee Simmons (born January 21, 2000) and Aoki Lee Simmons (born in 2002). Both are models for Baby Phat Clothing. Ex-daughter-in-law of Daniel Simmons; ex-sister-in-law of Joseph Simmons and Daniel J. Simmons. Kimora is half African-American, one quarter Korean and one quarter Japanese. Father Vernon Whitlock Jr is African-American and mother Joanne Kyoko Perkins is half Korean, half Japanese. Is a client of nutritionist-to-the-stars, Oz Garcia.
Cites Red Lobster Restaurants the favorite eatery of her childhood. Her mother, Kyoko Perkins, is a former Social Security Administrator. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, other children called her “Chinky giraffe” because of her height and Asian ethnic ancestry. At fifteen, before she had her driver’s license, she bought herself a secondhand BMW drop-top. She got into a car accident and had to have 40 stitches in her face. Daughter of Vernon Whitlock Jr. , who is black, and his wife, Joanne Perkins, who is half Korean, half Japanese.
Russell Simmons, whom she later married, sent bouquets of flowers to her agency to woo her. The bouquets were so large and heavy that they required two men to move them. At thirteen, she had an exclusive contract modeling for Coco Chanel. She and Karl Lagerfeld’s three other fashion models Bernadette Jurkowski, Shoshanna Fitzgerald and Olga Sobolewska were dubbed “the four Karlettes”. Once Karl Lagerfeld had transformed her into one of the world’s top fashion models, he resented her attitude and called her a “$5,000-tote-bag- wearing monster. ”
She bought much of the artwork and furniture from Gianni Versace’s estate after his murder. Although she is friends with model Devon Aoki and hired her for a Baby Phat ad campaign, she denies that her daughter Aoki is named after the model. Janice Dickinson wrote of a rivalry between herself and Kimora when they both were on “America’s Next Top Model” (2003) in her book, “Everything about Me is Fake and I’m Perfect”. Dickinson admits that she criticized Kimora’s fake hair and nails, but says that she would have been much nicer if Kimora had shown up on time for filming.
She has an annual income of ? 9,400,000. Tyra Banks is the godmother of her daughter Ming Lee Attended Lutheran High School North in St. Louis, Missouri. Her fiance is Djimon Hounsou. Expecting her third child, and her first with Djimon Hounsou, due late 2009. Has a son, born May 30, 2009, with Djimon Hounsou. Kimora has 3 children. Where Are They Now (March 2002) Creative Director of Baby Phat Clothing (October 2007) Has her own Reality TV Show called “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” (2007) on The E! Channel and Style Network.