Kenya Moore

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Kenya Moore
Beauty pageant titleholder
Kenya Moore.jpg
2008 photograph of Moore at Chris Webber Bada Bling Gala. Las Vegas, Nevada.
BornKenya Summer Moore
(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
EducationCass Technical High School
Wayne State University
OccupationActress, Model, Television Personality, Author, Producer
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Measurements38-24-37
Hair colorDark Black
Eye colorGreen
Title(s)Miss Michigan USA 1993
Miss USA 1993
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Official website
 
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Kenya Moore
Beauty pageant titleholder
Kenya Moore.jpg
2008 photograph of Moore at Chris Webber Bada Bling Gala. Las Vegas, Nevada.
BornKenya Summer Moore
(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
EducationCass Technical High School
Wayne State University
OccupationActress, Model, Television Personality, Author, Producer
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Measurements38-24-37
Hair colorDark Black
Eye colorGreen
Title(s)Miss Michigan USA 1993
Miss USA 1993
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Official website

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actress, model, author, television personality and producer. She won the 1993 Miss Michigan USA and Miss USA 1993 titles and finished in the top six of the Miss Universe 1993 pageant.[1] Moore was the second African-American crowned Miss USA (following Carole Gist in 1990). She currently stars as one of seven members in the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta since it's 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.[citation needed]

Early life/Modeling and Pageants[edit]

Moore was born on 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.[2] She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989[3] and attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology.[4][5] She began modeling at the age of 14, being featured on the cover of the January 1992 issue of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony Man's (EM) magazine.[6] She also became a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. At 22, Moore won Miss Michigan USA (1993) and then Miss USA 1993; in the latter pageant she was crowned by outgoing titleholder, Shannon Marketic of California. Moore became the second Miss USA titleholder from Michigan and the second African-American winner. She then represented the USA in the Miss Universe 1993 pageant.

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), and Nas' "Street Dreams" (1996).[citation needed] Additionally, Moore has appeared in several films: Waiting to Exhale (1995), Senseless (1998), Trois (2000), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Brothers in Arms (2005), I Know Who Killed Me (2007), and Trapped: Haitian Nights (2010).[citation needed] In 2012, Moore joined the season five cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[7] In 2013, she released a workout DVD titled Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp.[8]

Production[edit]

Moore was credited as producer/director of the film Haitian Nights;[9] 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.[10] The company's first production was The Confidant, released by Universal Vivendi on August 24, 2010.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1995Waiting To ExhaleDenise[12]
1998SenselessLorraine[13]
2000TroisJasmine Davis[14]
2001No Turning BackLia
2003Deliver Us From EvaRenee Johnson[15]
Hot PartsPassion
2004Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1Herself
2005Resurrection: The J.R. Richard StoryLeticia
Brothers in ArmsMara
2006Cloud 9Champagne
2007I Know Who Killed MeJazmin[16]
2010Trapped: Haitian NightsNadine
The ConfidantEden Patterson[17]
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

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