Kenya Moore

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Kenya Moore
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornKenya Summer Moore
(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 43)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
EducationCass Technical High School
Wayne State University
OccupationActress, Model, Television Personality, Author, Producer
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Measurements38–24–39
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorGreen
Title(s)Miss Michigan 1993
Miss USA 1993
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1993
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Official website
 
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Kenya Moore
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornKenya Summer Moore
(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 43)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
EducationCass Technical High School
Wayne State University
OccupationActress, Model, Television Personality, Author, Producer
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Measurements38–24–39
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorGreen
Title(s)Miss Michigan 1993
Miss USA 1993
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1993
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Official website

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971[2][3] in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actress, model, author, television personality, producer and former Miss USA. She participated in the 1993 Miss Michigan USA pageant and won the Miss USA 1993 title while later finishing in the top six of the Miss Universe 1993 pageant. Moore was the second African-American and Detroit native to be crowned Miss USA (following Carole Gist who won the title in 1990).[4][5] She currently stars as one of six members in the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta since its fifth season premiere on November 4, 2012. Additionally, she founded the Kenya Moore Foundation, a charity which awards scholarships to underprivileged girls from her high school alma mater.

Moore will be a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice season 7, which will air sometime in 2014.

Early life, modeling and pageants[edit]

Moore was born in Detroit, Michigan to teenage parents Ronald Grant and Patricia Moore. She was raised by her grandmother (father's mother) and aunt after being abandoned by her mother at birth. After she was born, Kenya was sent to live with her grandmother. The reality TV show star revealed that her mother never named her.“Since birth, my mother made the decision at age 16 to pretend she never had me. She has never spoken to me,” Kenya wrote. “Even if present in the same room with other people and family, she pretends that I simply don’t exist. She pretends I’m invisible" Kenya revealed on her bravo blog.”[6] She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989[7] and attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in communication, graduating magna cum laude[8] She began modeling at the age of 14 being on the cover of the January 1992 issue of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony Man's (EM) magazine.[9] She also became a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. At 22, Kenya Moore won Miss Michigan USA (1993) and then became the second African American woman to win Miss USA. She then represented America in the Miss Universe 1993 pageant, which she placed sixth in.

Post-pageant career[edit]

Moore successfully leveraged her pageant wins into appearances in several television programs including: Video Soul, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, Homeboys in Outer Space, Sparks, Smart Guy, Living Single, Damon, The Steve Harvey Show, In the House, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Parent 'Hood, Nubian Goddess, Men, Women & Dogs, The Parkers, Girlfriends, Under One Roof, and Meet The Browns[citation needed] She has also appeared on the covers of Glamour, Seventeen, Ebony, and Essence magazines and can be seen in the music videos for Jermaine Dupri's "Money Ain't a Thang" (1998), Shai's "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (1996), Tupac's "tempataions"[10] and Nas' "Street Dreams" (1996).[11] Additionally, Moore has appeared in several 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).[citation needed] Since 2007, she has also been producing and directing, and launched her own company, Moore Vision Media in 2008. So far, her company has produced an erotic thriller entitled, “The Confidant”. In May 2012, Moore joined the season five cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[12] In 2013, she released a workout DVD titled Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp.[13] Moore will be a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice season 7 later on in 2014, a premiere date not yet announced.[14]

Production[edit]

Moore was credited as producer/director of the film Haitian Nights;[15] after the project lost its director for unspecified reasons, Moore took over the production and completed the film. When the film failed to find distribution, Moore founded Moore Vision Media, an independent movie production and home-video distribution company.[16] The company's first production was The Confidant, released by Universal Vivendi on August 24, 2010.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1995Waiting To ExhaleDenise[18]
1998SenselessLorraine[19]
2000TroisJasmine Davis[20]
2001No Turning BackLia
2003Deliver Us From EvaRenee Johnson[21]
Hot PartsPassion
2004Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1Herself
2005Resurrection: The J.R. Richard StoryLeticia
Brothers in ArmsMara
2006Cloud 9Champagne
2007I Know Who Killed MeJazmin[22]
2010Trapped: Haitian NightsNadine
The ConfidantEden Patterson[23]
2013Dolls of VoodooNadine
Television
YearShowRoleNotes
1994The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirDanaMothers Day
1996MartinLena BozackYou're All I Need
Homeboys in Outer SpaceNefertitiSuper Bad Foxy Lady Killer or Ty and Morris Get the Shaft
1997SparksMs. CollinsI, Spy
Smart GuyVivian KennedyBrother, Brother
Living SingleLisa DeLongPreOne Degree of Separation
Nubian GoddessHerselfHost
1998DamonJulia BurtonThe Designer
The Steve Harvey ShowMiss GerardEducating Piggy
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowHeidiChange of Heart
The Parent 'HoodCelesteWedding Bells Blues,

A Sister Scorned

In The HouseValerie BridgeforthHow Nana Got Her Groove Back,

Not as Good as It Gets

2001Men, Women, & DogsCarmenSick as a Dog
2004GirlfriendsKaraMaybe Baby,

New York Bound

2012–PresentReal Housewives of AtlantaHerself
2013Walk This Wayn/aAbstinence
2014-15Celebrity ApprenticeHerself

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Richest: Keyna Moore
  2. ^ Celebrity Netwoth: Kenya Moore
  3. ^ [Photos] Atlanta Housewives Kenya Moore Celebrates Hollywood Birthday In Skin Tight Dress
  4. ^ (Jet Magazine: March 8, 1993)
  5. ^ "Miss USA Past Titleholders". Miss Universe Organisation. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Black America Web: Kenya Moore Talks About Mother: ‘She’s Never Spoken to Me’
  7. ^ Detroit Free Press: Detroit native Kenya Moore explains how she landed 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' role
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=sjsDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=kenya+moore+graduate+from+wayne+state+cum+laude&source=bl&ots=PJopzN3Upx&sig=SNLvDhfCGsWPMQXIIEtU3oB6gAg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7XfAU5-wCsv1oASH8YCAAw&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=kenya%20moore%20graduate%20from%20wayne%20state%20cum%20laude&f=false
  9. ^ Miss USA Kenya Moore Tells Why She Feels "Help Me Find The Beauty Within" (Jet Magazine: March 22, 1993)
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js-oLHa5erM
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4NtdEuJ75k
  12. ^ Season 5 Overview. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. bravotv.com
  13. ^ Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp (Color, NTSC, Widescreen). March 5, 2013. ASIN B00BEZEFM4. 
  14. ^ Scott, Tracy. "NeNe Leakes: Porsha Williams was provoked". S2SMagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  15. ^ Kenya Moore. eurweb.com (September 24, 2008).
  16. ^ Moore Vision Media – http://www.moorevisionmedia.com/
  17. ^ "The Confidant (2010)". BlockBuster.com. 
  18. ^ "5 Things to Know About Real Housewife of Atlanta, Kenya Moore!". Wetpaint. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The 50 Hottest Bad Actresses Of All Time". Complex. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Trois". Yahoo. Retrieved 2000. 
  21. ^ Chris Witherspoon. "‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Kenya Moore developing show similar to Tyra Banks’ ‘Top Model’". The Grio. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ "And Sheree Whitfield's Replacement On Real Housewives Of Atlanta Is…". Perez Hilton. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Rapper David Banner Starring In Upcoming Thriller". Icelebz. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 

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