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Kenya Moore
Moore in 2019
Kenya Summer Moore

(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 53)
Other namesKenya Moore Daly
EducationWayne State University (BS)
  • Actress
  • television personality
Marc Daly
(m. 2017; div. 2024)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Years active1992–present

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971) is an American television personality and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 1993. She is currently a main cast member on the TV reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, since 2012.

She has also appeared in films and television shows including; Waiting to Exhale (1995), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), The Steve Harvey Show (1998), Girlfriends (2004), The Celebrity Apprentice (2015), Dancing with the Stars (2021), and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (2023).

Early life and education[edit]

Moore was born on January 24, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan[1][2] to teenagers Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant[3] and raised by her paternal grandmother Doris Grant[4][5](1931–2017)[6] and aunt after her mother abandoned her three days after her birth. 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.[7] Moore graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989.[8] While still in high school, Moore experienced domestic violence from a much older boyfriend. In Moore's words, "He tormented me physically, mentally and once even nearly killed me by putting me into the hospital, from attacking me with a finger nail file… stabbing me with a finger nail file."[9] Moore attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in communication.[10]


Modeling and pageants[edit]

Moore began modeling at the age of 14, and was the January 1992 cover girl for Ebony Man magazine.[11] She also modelled for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. Moore has also appeared on the covers of Glamour, Seventeen, Ebony, and Essence magazines. At 22, Moore won Miss Michigan USA 1993 and then became the second African American woman to win Miss USA. She then represented the United States at Miss Universe 1993, and reached the top six.[12]

Film and television[edit]


Moore has appeared in TV shows including: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Meet the Browns, Homeboys in Outer Space, Sparks, Smart Guy, Video Soul, Living Single, Damon, In the House, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Parent 'Hood, The Steve Harvey Show, Martin, Nubian Goddess, Men, Women & Dogs, The Parkers, Under One Roof, and Girlfriends[citation needed] she has appeared in the music videos for Jermaine Dupri's "Money Ain't a Thang" (1998), Nas's "Street Dreams" (1996), Shai's "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (1996),[13] and Tupac's "Temptations".[14] 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]

Reality television[edit]

In May 2012, Moore joined the season five cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[15] In 2015, Moore was cast on The Celebrity Apprentice 7.[16] Moore starred in The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, a spin-off featuring various women from The Real Housewives franchise, that premiered on Peacock in November 2021.[17][18]

In September 2021, Moore was announced as one of the celebrities competing on season 30 of Dancing with the Stars.[19] She and her professional dance partner, Brandon Armstrong, were the sixth couple to be eliminated, ultimately finishing in 10th place.[20] In 2023, she placed 7th in the Fox reality competition series, Special Forces: World's Toughest Test.


Moore has also produced and directed various projects and launched her own company, Moore Vision Media in 2008.[21] Moore Vision Media produced the erotic thriller "The Confidant". Moore is credited as producer/director of the film Trapped: Haitian Nights.[22] After the project lost its director, 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.[21] The company's first production was The Confidant, released by Universal Vivendi on August 24, 2010.[23]


On November 28, 2007, Moore published a book titled Game, Get Some!: What Women Really Want.[24] Described as a how-to guide, the book is a self-help and conduct containing relationship advice, as well as the author's personal experiences regarding interpersonal and intimate relationships.[25] Moore has stated about the book, "No one man can know everything there is to know about women, but with my help, they may just come close; I feel like the female Ms. Hitch! I want to bring us together not apart."[26] The author reviews self-esteem and self-concept issues, offers sexual advice, discusses tips on mending a relationship or the proper way to break up. "If you have shared a special bond with someone you have dated, if you always treat her with respect, you will always have a friend at the end of the day." Moore writes.[24]

Exercise video, music, and hair care line[edit]

In 2012, Moore released her debut single, "Gone With the Wind Fabulous." In 2013, Moore released her own exercise video, named "Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp".[27] This venture rivalled former The Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Phaedra Parks own workout video and was a primary storyline in the show's fifth season. In 2014, Moore launched a hair care products brand, Kenya Moore Haircare. Kenya Moore Haircare is designed to grow your real hair longer, stronger & thicker in just one use. Featuring products for all hair types that are sulfate, phosphate, paraben free, and over 95% naturally derived.[28][29]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2017, Moore married businessman and restaurant owner Marc Daly.[30][31][32] In April 2018, she announced that they were expecting their first child.[33] On November 4, 2018, Moore gave birth to a daughter.[34][35][36] Moore filed for divorce from Daly in August 2021.[37] The divorce was finalized in June 2024.[38]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Waiting to Exhale Denise [39]
1998 Senseless Lorraine [40]
2000 Trois Jasmine Davis [41]
2001 No Turning Back Lia
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Renee Johnson [42]
Hot Parts Passion Video
2005 Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story Leticia
Brothers in Arms Mara
2006 Cloud 9 Champagne
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Jazmin [43]
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Nadine
The Confidant Eden Patterson [44]
2013 Haitian Nights Nadine
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Monique TV movie
2024 Abducted Off the Street: The Carlesha Gaither Story Keisha TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Dana Episode: "Mothers Day"
1995 Soul Train Herself/Guest Host Episode: "Jon B/Soultry/Faith Evans"
1996 Martin Lena Bozack Episode: "You're All I Need"
Homeboys in Outer Space Nefertiti Episode: "Super Bad Foxy Lady Killer or Ty and Morris Get the Shaft"
1997 Sparks Ms. Collins Episode: "I, Spy"
Smart Guy Vivian Kennedy Episode: "Brother, Brother"
Living Single Lisa DeLongPre Episode: "One Degree of Separation"
1998 Damon Julia Burton Episode: "The Designer"
The Steve Harvey Show Miss Gerard Episode: "Educating Piggy"
1998-99 The Parent 'Hood Celeste Guest Cast: Seasons 4-5
1999 Nubian Goddess Herself/Host Main Host
The Jamie Foxx Show Heidi Episode: "Change of Heart"
In the House Valerie Bridgeforth Recurring Cast: Season 5
2001 Men, Women & Dogs Carmen Episode: "Sick as a Dog"
2002 The Parkers Herself Episode: "It's Showtime"
2004 Girlfriends Kara Guest Cast: Seasons 4-5
2009 Meet the Browns Tamiko Episode: "Meet the Mom"
2012–present The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast: Seasons 5-10, 12–, Guest: Season 11
2013 Walk This Way Herself Episode: "Abstinence"
The Rickey Smiley Show Evette Episode: "The Reconciliation"
2014 Kandi's Wedding Herself Recurring Cast
2015 The Celebrity Apprentice Herself/Contestant Main Cast: Season 14
The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself Episode: "Kenya Moore/Taylor Dayne"
2016 Worst Cooks in America Herself/Contestant Main Cast: Season 9
The Real Herself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #3.33" & "#3.35"
2018 Hip Hop Squares Herself/Panelist Episode: "Episode #5.5" & "#5.8"
Saints & Sinners Nina Collier Episode: "Personal, Not Business"
2019 Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Herself Episode: "Kenya Moore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Macklemore"
Porsha's Having a Baby Herself Episode: "P Is for Princess"
Nashville Squares Herself/Contestant Episode: "Kenya Moore VS Cheslie Kryst"
2020-21 Family Reunion Herself Guest Cast: Seasons 2-3
2021 MTV Cribs Herself Episode: "Kenya Moore & Johnny Orlando"
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Herself Main Cast: Season 1
Dancing with the Stars Herself/Contestant Main Cast: Season 30
Games People Play Marlene Episode: "There's No Place Like Home"
2023 Special Forces: World's Toughest Test Herself/Contestant Main Cast: Season 1
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Herself Episode: "Teresa Gets Married"
Celebrity Family Feud Herself/Contestant Episode: "Episode #10.6"

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
1993 "Stay in My Corner" Keith Washington Love Interest
1995 "Temptations" 2Pac Girl in First Room
1996 "Street Dreams" Nas Ginger McKenna
1998 "Money Ain't a Thang" Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z Love Interest
2023 "Already Know" Drew Sidora Roller Skater

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result Ref.
2014 Real Housewives Awards Most Memorable Outfit Won [45]
Rookie of the Year Won
2022 People's Choice Awards The Reality TV Star of 2022 Nominated [46]


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