Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner is back in the fashion world like she never left, and she is getting a little help from two special ladies — her daughters, Aoki Lee, 17, and Ming Lee, 19.
The former reality TV star recently teamed up with Forever 21 to relaunch her iconic early-2000s brand, Baby Phat.
The company was founded by Kimora and her now ex-husband, Russell Simmons, in 1999.
Via social media, Kimora posted two sexy photos of Aoki and Ming and said they were so hot that she might have to ground them.
The mom of four wrote: “Well, @aokileesimmons is grounded for this one!! And it’s all we have left now…😩 #YoureNotGrown @babyphat #TheCatIsBack! #postanddelete.”
In a recent interview, Kimora revealed why she decided to revamp the fashion brand: “I know this customer so well. As women, we are special, exotic creatures. I raised my kids this way, I raised a whole generation of people that way, and I want them to know we’re still here, we’re doing it.”
She further said: “I’ve always had women of color. I put some of the first plus-size girls or thicker girls on the runway, and they have magnificent careers to this day. I feel like my family alone is like the UN, so my kids must see that.”
She told buyers what to expect: “There have been a lot of changes in the landscape of streetwear, but not enough. I feel like there’s a sizable gap [of female voices], and that’s why I decided to reacquire the brand and relaunch it. Baby Phat was a movement, and people forget that.”
She spoke about her inspiration behind her creation: “I’ve had many different lines, I’ve worked in many different categories. I don’t know why people don’t talk about that enough. These girls are 16, 17, 18. They think something’s new and I’m like, ‘No, that came from me.’ People who know are like, ‘Oh, Kimora did that. Not by myself. But [in] the past 30 years, for sure. My background is high fashion, so I feel like I bring that high-fashion feel to streetwear.”
She concluded by: “Luxury must be comfortable. Otherwise, it is not luxury”… and what’s more comfortable than a spandex bodysuit and bike shorts? “Now more than ever, streetwear can be high end.”
Can Kimora adapt to the new fashion landscape?