It takes a lot to be fabulous, but Kimora Lee makes it happen. Since splitting from Djimon Hounsou, it’s been business as usual for the mom of three with a second reality show, House of Fab, that shows “the workings of an office and how a team works together to build a brand but a lot more organized.”
In a recent sit down with UK Daily Mail, the fierce media mogul dished on why “men are intimidated by a lot of things, such as jobs and bit of determination.” Kimora, who is also a co-parent, urges women to embrace what makes them strong instead of hiding it for the sake of a man’s feelings.
“They have a lot of insecurities about who we are, what we have, what we look like, what we’ve accomplished and what we’re capable of because we’re fabulous and capable of doing so much and juggling so much every day,” she said. “People might be mad I’m saying this, but [men] do have a lot of hang-ups. But that shouldn’t deter you ladies from being great! You don’t have to dumb down – you just have to find a clever, good, secure man. I’ve found a couple – I’ve been lucky – but it’s probably hard for everybody to find that true love of a good man.”
Unlike most Hollywood breakups, Lee, Russell Simmons and Djimon keep the mudslinging to a minimum for the children. It’s Kimora’s belief that relationships evolve, rather than end throughout our lives. “I have three kids and two great dads, and it’s not always easy, but you have to try to be a little selfless and we manage just fine.”
She adds, “Relationships do change throughout the course of your life, and I always think in terms of relationships changing and evolving rather than starting and stopping. Kids never go away from your life and if you’ve been married, that person probably never goes away either. You never get rid of anyone and they never really get rid of you!”
Another important part of her newfound single life is looking and feeling confident. We’ve seen Kimora’s weight fluctuate throughout the years, but, today, being healthy is her number one priority. She credits the modeling industry for making her feel beautiful after years of bullying as a child.
“[Modeling] was a real turning point for me because everything that people considered weird about me before, well, suddenly Karl Lagerfeld said it was OK. He’s one of the biggest names in fashion, so all of a sudden it gave me a validity and introduced me to a whole other world.”
She continues, “It’s about being healthy and active and having a crazy schedule and running after my three kids, so I probably eat very sporadically – lots of smaller meals and snacks. It’s just about having an active lifestyle. It’s not about how skinny you are or how much money or how many diamonds you have – that’s the fluff that people sometimes look at as being the main thing. It’s about understanding that the things that make you fabulous are all inside of you.”