Kenya Moore’s dedication to fitness has landed her the cover of Heart & Soul magazine’s February edition. The magazine’s editor, Anita Kopacz Letter says of Moore, “Our cover model, the beautiful…and sometimes controversial, Kenya Moore, is clad in red to honor American Heart Health Month. She shares with us the softer side of Kenya; the woman who gives back to her community and encourages young women to follow their dreams.”
The article begins in true Kenya Moore fashion, “You can call me whatever you want, but I know that I’m fabulous!” Thus begins my interview with Kenya Moore. Unsurprised, I resign myself to a bon bon eating session, brimming with “shade” and “tea”. I base this on the persona she has displayed as one of the most infamous figures in today’s pantheon of reality television stars. Imagine my surprise when the former Miss USA and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta begins to effectively dismantle many of my expectations, problematizing the messages young women of color receive from society.”
Kenya gets a plug in for the her hair product line that has long been in the works, Moore Hair Care, expected to be launched in March 2015. Kenya told Heart & Soul, “My Dad’s mom used to always say that hair is your crowning glory. I know that’s from the Bible, and I’ve kept that with me.”
Kenya’s philanthropic efforts were also recognized, “I was such a troubled girl throughout high school,” she recalls. “I always wanted to give back to young black girls, so I have the Kenya Moore Foundation, which awards scholarships to my alma mater.” In her recent blog, Kenya explained once again that the Celebrity Apprentice donation checks are held until the episode airs to avoid spoiling the show. She gave $20,000 on her own in October and was able to win another donation on the show.
Kenya discusses being a role model for younger girls. “A young woman asked, ‘How do you get self esteem?’” Moore pauses for a moment, and then explains that this stuck with her for some time. “It shocked me. I know that I have it, but I didn’t know where I got it from. [Now] I know I got it from my grandmother loving me, and from my father loving me. But the one thing I can also always point to is that I have accomplished things in my life that no one can take away from me. Winning Miss USA, being a trained dancer. I have talent. I have an education.”
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