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After a long and successful career that’s spanned international runways, reality TV, and more, Kimora Lee Simmons has not stopped working since she got her foot in the door at 13 years old. You’ve got to respect her.

Now, the 39-year-old mom of three, business woman, and designer, can add educational philanthropist to her resume. While helping future generations of designers and young people, Kimora is continuing to make her mark on the world, most recently taking on the title of educational benefactor with a $1 million dollar scholarship fund. Vogue explains that the fund aims to “underwrite scholarships at the Fashion Institute of Technology across all disciplines, but will also fund students at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and Rush Teens (a segment of an art-focused philanthropic initiative founded by her ex-husband, Russell Simmons).”

For Kimora, it’s all about giving young talent a chance and a voice:

“This is like wish fulfillment on my end, to tap into that formal education. I never had someone put money into my career or my business—it’s very tough out there, and it will never get any easier! For me, there’s so many young people who I feel like don’t have a voice,” she says. “I hope these scholarships will give access to that untapped talent, to tell the next Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, or Narciso Rodriguez that we believe in them,” she said.

Another amazing venture from an amazing woman. Really though…who does it better than Miss Kimora?


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