When Russell stepped down as CEO of Phat Fashions LLC in September 2007, Simmons—who was already Creative Director of Baby Phat (which was a branch off Phat Farm Industries)—was promoted by Kellwood to President and Creative Director of Phat Fashions.
It was her goal to turn fashion label Baby Phat, launched in 1999, into an "aspirational lifestyle brand".
Simmons has appeared in small roles in television and films including Beauty Shop, Brown Sugar, and Waist Deep.
She has also appeared in music videos for Ginuwine, Usher and Rich Gang in the 2013 song "Tapout".
On Tuesday morning (November 7, 2017) the American Sun-Times reported Russell Simmons and girlfriend, to be shopping for engagement rings.
The couple was seen closely eyeing some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores — especially major diamond baubles that could only be described as the kind usually slipped on a woman’s left-hand ring finger. (read more)According to some insiders, they'll soon be engaged. Rumor Explodes on Twitter Naturally, the Sun-Times’ article sent Facebook and Twitter into a frenzy.
The details as to why Simmons was removed as Creative Director haven't been very clear; some blog sites are claiming that it was because Simmons was spending too much money on company pursuits and giving far too much pay to herself and her children.
Since the split, Simmons plans to launch her KLS collection and Kouture by Kimora Brands.
In 2003, Simmons appeared as one of the judges on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 1.
She was scheduled to return but later chose not to.
was born in Korea to Japanese parents and adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War and raised in the USA.