EXCLUSIVE: Kimora Lee Simmons Chats to Ahlan! About Karl Lagerfeld, Motherhood & Naomi Campbell
Team Ahlan! recently had the pleasure of spending the weekend with the legendary model Kimora Lee Simmons.
Having been the one-time muse of Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, Kimora has graced catwalks from Rio to Milan. She counts “crazy funny” Naomi Campbell as a close friend, and America’s Next Top Model Tyra Banks is godmother to her daughter.
Kimora, 39, has her sights set on becoming the next big thing in high-end women’s wear and is confident that she can not only compete with, but also take on the established Victoria Beckham, who has made the often difficult transition from celebrity to respected fashion designer
Speaking exclusively to Ahlan! during her few days in Dubai, Kimora reveals how to balance your work and home life, how being in Paris without her parents at the age of 13 taught her to mature quickly, and why making a burqa stylish is on the horizon for her new line KLS.
You have so many business interests, how do you balance your work commitments with being a mother as well? I love my kids! They’re definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me! It’s also the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. To anyone who says “it’s so easy for you”, it wasn’t really easy, it took a long time. But I absolutely love my kids; they’re all really wonderful and they have amazing personalities. I think the idea for me is that fashion is my business and I have a great team and this is what I have always wanted to do since I was a baby! I believe I do it really well in terms of like having my finger on the pulse of what women want and how they grow and I do it because that’s what I’ve achieved out of my life. So I know the evolution of the woman in business and what makes you successful.
I know how to start something and I know how to ensure its success. I have a billion dollar brand, I had even started a brand no one wanted, I’ve been through the rise and the fall but it’s all part of the process. I think having children kind of ads to that, especially now-a-days it’s about the working woman, the working mother, women who are juggling different roles in their lives. Even though you really want to stay home and take care of your kids you also want to be dynamic and independent, basically have something bigger to aspire to which is your children, but also in terms of having a business or a job. So many women I see now are professional or they want to be entrepreneurs, they want to start their own businesses.
Read the full interview in Ahlan! Out 21 Aug