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Kimora Lee Simmons Parents: Joanne Perkins, Vernon Whitlock Jr.

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Kimora Lee Simmons Perkins is a television personality, model, and entrepreneur who founded a clothing brand, Baby Phat, and a director of TV shows that highlight her life, namely, Kimora: House of Fab (2013) and Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (2007).

Kimora Lee Simmons started her modeling career at a very young age of 13, endorsing Chanel, particularly the works of Karl Lagerfield, in 1989. She also carried other high-caliber brands such as Valentino, Dior, Saint Laurent, etc.

In the television scene, she starred in heavy-themed films such as Waist Deep (2016) and For Love or Money (1993). Kimora hosted various talk shows and judged America’s and Germany’s Next Top Model.

Simmons launched her brand, Baby Phat, in 1999 for women’s clothing, where she designed the garments, using extensive experience in endorsements.

In parallel to his then-husband’s clothing line, Phat Fashions. The 6-foot model has a value of over 200 million dollars.

The veteran supermodel was born on the 4th of May, 1975, and will turn 46 years old this year.

She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, as the sole child of her parents, Joanne and Vernon.

Simmon’s childhood was tough for her, as their household was considered part of the lower class, and she suffered bullying for being multiracial.

Kimora’s mother, Joanne Perkins

Image of Kimora Lee Simmons with her daughter and mother, Joanne “Kyoko” Perkins

Kimora Lee Simmons with her daughter and mother, Joanne “Kyoko” Perkins

Joanne “Kyoko” Perkins is half-Japanese and half-American.

Kyoko’s parents met after her mother left Japan and headed to the US due to the increasing threat of the Korean War.

She used to be a Social Security administrator. Other personal information about Kimora’s mom is not broadcast on media and the internet.

However, it is estimated that Joanne is in her late 60s already.

Vernon Whitlock Jr, Kimora’s Father

Vernon Whitlock Jr worked three jobs to earn a living. He was a barber and bail bondsman and served as a law enforcer, being a deputy federal marshal in 1962. The TV personality’s father is an African-American man.

Despite declaring low-numbered income, Vernon Jr was often spotted wearing luxury jewelry, clothes, and riding supercars, and it was later known that he was connected to drug trading.

Whitlock was convicted and served three years in prison out of his 24-year-sentence. Vernon’s birthday, age, and other details are not disclosed.

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