Russell Simmons could teach Halle Berry a thing or two about breaking up. He's on such good terms with ex-wife Kimora Lee, he kicked it with her AND new GF Hana Nitsche Wednesday on the… READ MORE >
Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons (born Kimora Lee Perkins on May 4, 1975) is an American fashion model, author, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions. Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Although her mother, Joanne Perkins, was born in Korea, she is Japanese. Perkins, a retired Social Security Administrator, was adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War and she now goes by her own mother's Japanese name, Kyoko. Kimora's father, Vernon Whitlock Jr., is African American, has worked as a Federal Marshal, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigator, a bail bondsman, and is currently a barber in St. Louis. Growing up in the northern St. Louis suburb of Florissant, Missouri, Kimora was the target of schoolyard bullying and teasing, because of her height (she was 5 feet, 10 inches tall by the time she was 10 years old) and mixed ancestry. To help her, Kimora's mother enrolled her in a modeling class when she was eleven years old.