Kenya Moore Story - Miss USA, The Beauty With Social Awareness
Kenya Summer Moore is an American actress, model, former Miss USA, television star, producer and author. Moore was the second participant from Detroit to the win the “Miss USA” Pageant. She appears in The Real Housewives of Atlanta, a Bravo reality television series. Moore established the charity organisation, “Kenya Moore Foundation”. The organisation supports underprivileged girls in education from her high school. She is a participant in the season 7 of the “Celebrity Apprentice”.
Kenya Moore with Russell Simmons
Kenya Moore was born on 24th January 1971 in Detroit, Michigan to Ronald Grant and Patricia Moore. Her mother abandoned her at birth and she was raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt. Moore attended the Cass Technical High School. She did her Major in psychology and minor in communication and graduated magna cum laude.
Kenya Moore started her modelling career at the age of 14, when she appeared on the cover of Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony Man, a Chicago magazine in 1992. She modelled for the cosmetic label of the Ebony Fashion Fair. Moore was the second African-American woman to become Miss USA in 1993. She stood fifth in the Miss Universe pageant 1993.
Moore’s rise in the world of modelling was meteoric. She featured in several television shows; Meet the Browns, The Jamie Foxx Show, Smart Guy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Nubian Goddess, Under One Roof and The Steve Harvey Show. Moore may be spotted on the magazines covers of ‘Seventeen’, ‘Ebony’, ‘Glamour’ and ‘Essence’. She appeared in the music videos; Nas’s “Street Dreams”, “I Don't Wanna Be Alone” by Shai, Tupac’s “Temptations” and “Money Ain't a Thang” by Jermaine Dupri. Moore starred in films; Waiting to Exhale (1995), Senseless (1998), Trois (2000), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Brothers in Arms (2005), Cloud 9 (2006), I Know Who Killed Me (2007) and Trapped: Haitian Nights (2010).
Kenya Moore established a production and distribution company, Moore Vision Media in 2008. The first production of the company was the thriller film, The Confidant in 2010. Moore was casted in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” by Bravo in 2012. She launched her own fitness DVD, “Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp” in 2013. Moore contested in the season 7 of the Celebrity Apprentice season 7 in 2015.
Kenya Moore was involved in a love relationship with her co-star of the reality television series, “Millionaire Matchmaker”, James Freeman. She broke up with him on realising that he was married.
Moore founded the Kenya Moore Foundation. It is a charity organisation that gives scholarships to deprived girls from Moore’s high school.
Kenya Moore won the “Miss Michigan USA” pageant and was crowned “Miss USA” in 1993. She represented the USA at the “Miss Universe” 1993 pageant and qualified fifth.