A Day In The Life Of Kimora Lee Simmons
The article describes a typical day at work for the mother, model and mogul – from her morning breakfast, to various business meetings to quality time with the family.
What time do you get up?
“Early. I am usually up at 5am with baby Kenzo and on the phone with my New York office by 6.30am.”
What’s for breakfast?
“I have a protein shake and some fruit.”
What time to you have to leave for work?
“I never leave. I am always working. Work happens everywhere. However, I find a balance between work and family so I have a home office in addition to offices in NY and LA.”
How do you start your working day?
“I check my emails, my schedule for the day and mentally prepare for accomplishing my goal for the day.”
What magazines and newspapers do you read?
“I read Women’s Wear Daily, Wall Street Journal, OK! magazine and the Herald Tribune.”
What’s a typical morning like? Meetings, brainstorming etc?
“I check off my list of things to follow up on and provide direction for my team. In being a creative person I brainstorm continuously, especially with the design and marketing teams. My day consists of meetings to expand on the brainstorming ideas with the business side.”
Is lunch a wrap at your desk or a meeting in town?
“It depends on the day; I do both. I do make sure to eat something for energy; it can either be a salad or a good sandwich.”
What are your wardrobe staples?
“I love great fitting jeans. I can’t live without them. I wear them to my meetings, with the family, with t-shirts or dressy tops and heels. They are my ultimate staple.”
What are your beauty must haves?
“Sleep and good nutrition keep the body well nourished and beautiful.”
What’s a typical afternoon at work?
“A typical afternoon consists of meetings and tons of phone calls to manage my teams in NY and LA. Then I greet the girls when they arrive home from school, listen to them tell me about their day and send them to complete their homework before I return back to work.”
When do you finish?
“I usually finish around dinnertime with the family and then a bit of quality time after dinner. Sometimes I assist my daughters with any homework activities. Once the kids are in bed, I may follow up on a few emails or spend time with my husband (model Djimon Hounsou).”
Networking event or night on the sofa?
“I love to spend nights on the sofa but I do venture out to events from time to time with business partners or my husband.”
“Bedtime can be quite late, I always set aside time for Djimon and I to spend together every day. Often, these moments happen after the kids are asleep.”
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? Any other careers appealed?
“I can’t imagine doing anything else – I am living my dream. I have a great family and a career I always wanted. It’s hard sometimes but I focus on balance between my personal and professional life.”
If you could offer one piece of advice to someone interested in going into the industry, what would it be?
“I would say don’t take no for an answer, believe in yourself and always pursue your dreams.”