Angela Simmons Talks Fashion, Fitness & Family Pressure In Rolling Out
Young, black, and gifted! Angela Simmons goes glam on the latest cover of Rolling Out. The 25-year-old is staying busy as the new guest co-host, opposite Bow Wow, on BET’s 106 & Park. But Angela admits that it’s not that easy being in the public eye. As the Reverend’s daughter—she calls Run DMC rapper Rev Run dad—Simmons says the pressure is always on.
“Well I think with religion, people are just judgmental off the bat,” she said. “They feel like if you have a relationship with God and Jesus Christ, then you’re not allowed to have any fun. I think that’s just wrong when people judge others…especially when you’re not supposed to judge anyway. But I deal with it all the time. People will come up to me and say, ‘Oh you shouldn’t be wearing that skirt,’ and I just say, ‘Why not?’ I’m not doing it distastefully, and I’m not being disrespectful.”
The stylish star credits faith with her ability to get past the haters. “I have my relationship with God, so therefore I don’t feel like anyone should judge me,” she said. “But it’s life, and people are going to judge. And there’s so much controversy surrounding religion, so I just eat it. At this point, it is what it is, but I know who I am…and God knows my heart, so I don’t take it any further. There comes a point in your life where you just evolve, and that’s where I’m at right now. This is me. I’ve just grown into this person. I always get people asking me if it’s a lot of pressure being a role model, or is there a lot of pressure because I come from this family, or that my dad is a reverend … and you know what it is, but at the same time, I am who I am. I’m not faking it.”
Another thing Angela can’t fake is the rock hard physique she sports on screen. “I’ve been into health and fitness for a long time now,” she said. “When I first moved to L.A. seven years ago, I told myself that I was really going to give it a try. And when I met my trainer, Mike T, he really transformed my mind and my body. When I first met him, I said that I was just going to do a trial, but from there, I worked out for seven years straight. I was really dedicated, too; I was in the gym two times a day, I cut out all white carbs. I mean, I was extremely dedicated, and within the last three years, I’ve also become a vegetarian. It was my own decision, but I was also inspired by my uncle [Russell Simmons], who is a vegan. It wasn’t hard for me, because I was already eating healthy. At the time, I was only eating chicken and turkey, and one day, I got sick eating meat, so I was officially done with it. So I cut it out and moved on and haven’t turned back since.”
When Simmons isn’t working out or interviewing celebrities, she is dreaming up new looks for her clothing line, Angela I Am. “It’s really feminine, but still dressed down, because that’s how I am,” she says. “I think that an outfit should be able to carry you from day to night. It should be something that you can wear with sneakers, or something that you can wear with heels. That’s the kind of girl that I am. I’m a New York City edgy girl on the go, so the clothing line is fun and young…it’s also something that you can keep forever. I try to make pieces that people will be able to carry on for a long time. I want my pieces to be affordable, so it’s a very moderate-end line that you can actually buy and be fashionable for the price.”
Go behind-the-scenes of Angela’s shoot with Rolling Out below and read the entire interview here. Do you think Ms. Simmons will be a good host on 106 & Park?