Black Celebrity Moms: Setting the Stage for Their Children's Success
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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In honor of Mother’s Day, highlights famous mothers whose offspring are following in their star-studded career steps and are blazing their own trails in their industries. –Janell Hazelwood

Kimora Lee Simmons and daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee

Mrs. Fabulosity herself, Kimora Lee Simmons has taken a modeling career and marriage to the Godfather of Hip-Hop, Russell Simmons, and ran with it–building a fashion, lifestyle and reality TV brand. She founded and headed the uber-successful fashion line Baby Phat in 1999, authored best-seller Fabulosity: What It Is & How to Get It ($15.99; HarperEntertainment), and now stars in The Style Network’s, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane. After parting ways with Baby Phat in 2010, she’s taken her career on a new path as CEO of The KLS Design Group, a fashion and beauty company, as well as creative director of, a fashion subscription service. And her daughters are doing their part to add to the empire as well, with both having starred in fashion campaigns and inspiring their own children’s clothing and jewelry lines.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.