Kenya Moore

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Kenya Moore
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Kenya Summer Moore
(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 45)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.[2][1]
Education Cass Technical High School
Wayne State University
Occupation Actress, Model, Television Personality, Author, Producer
Years active 1993–present
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Measurements 38–24–39
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Michigan 1993
Miss USA 1993
Miss USA 1993
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Official website

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971)[2][1] is an American actress, model, television personality, author, producer and former Miss USA. She participated in the 1993 Miss Michigan USA pageant and won the Miss USA 1993 title while later finishing in the top six of the Miss Universe 1993 pageant. Moore was the second Detroit native to be crowned Miss USA (following Carole Gist who won the title in 1990).[3][4] She currently stars as one of six members in the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta since its 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.

Moore is a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice season 7, which premiered on January 4, 2015, a near year after filming.

Early life, modeling and pageants[edit]

Moore was born in Detroit, Michigan[1][2] to teenagers Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant, and raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt after her mother abandoned her at 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.”[5] She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989[6] and attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in communication, graduating magna cum laude.[7] She began modeling at the age of 14 being on the cover of the January 1992 issue of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony Man's (EM) magazine. [8] She also became a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. At 22, Kenya Moore won Miss Michigan USA (1993) and then became the second African American woman to win Miss USA. She then represented America in the Miss Universe 1993 pageant; she placed fifth.

Post-pageant career[edit]

Moore successfully leveraged her pageant wins into appearances in several television programs 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 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), Nas's "Street Dreams" (1996), Shai's "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (1996), [9] and Tupac's "Tempataions". [10] 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] Since 2007, she has also been producing and directing, and launched her own company, Moore Vision Media in 2008. So far, her company has produced an erotic thriller entitled, “The Confidant”. In May 2012, Moore joined the season five cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[11] In 2013, she released a workout DVD titled Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp.[12] Moore was a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice season 7 aired in 2015.[13]


Moore was credited as producer/director of the film Haitian Nights;[14] 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.[15] The company's first production was The Confidant, released by Universal Vivendi on August 24, 2010.[16]


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Waiting To Exhale Denise [17]
1998 Senseless Lorraine [18]
2000 Trois Jasmine Davis [19]
2001 No Turning Back Lia
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Renee Johnson [20]
Hot Parts Passion
2004 Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1 Herself
2005 Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story Leticia
Brothers in Arms Mara
2006 Cloud 9 Champagne
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Jazmin [21]
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Nadine
The Confidant Eden Patterson [22]
2013 Dolls of Voodoo Nadine
Year Show Role Notes
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Dana Mothers Day
1996 Martin Lena Bozack You're All I Need
Homeboys in Outer Space Nefertiti Super Bad Foxy Lady Killer or Ty and Morris Get the Shaft
1997 Sparks Ms. Collins I, Spy
Smart Guy Vivian Kennedy Brother, Brother
Living Single Lisa DeLongPre One Degree of Separation
Nubian Goddess Herself Host
1998 Damon Julia Burton The Designer
The Steve Harvey Show Miss Gerard Educating Piggy
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Heidi Change of Heart
The Parent 'Hood Celeste Wedding Bells Blues,

A Sister Scorned

In The House Valerie Bridgeforth How Nana Got Her Groove Back,

Not as Good as It Gets

2001 Men, Women, & Dogs Carmen Sick as a Dog
2004 Girlfriends Kara Maybe Baby,

New York Bound

2012–present The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself
2013 Walk This Way n/a Abstinence
2015 Celebrity Apprentice Herself 7th Place
2015 The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself


  1. ^ a b c d McCann, Bob (2009). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 236. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Celebrity Apprentice - Kenya Moore". NBC.Com. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ (Jet Magazine: March 8, 1993)
  4. ^ "Miss USA Past Titleholders". Miss Universe Organisation. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Black America Web: Kenya Moore Talks About Mother: ‘She’s Never Spoken to Me’
  6. ^ Detroit Free Press: Detroit native Kenya Moore explains how she landed 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' role
  7. ^ Hoffman, Melody K. (March 10, 2008). "Actress Kenya Moore Coaches Men On What Women Really Want In Book "Game, Get Some!"". JET 113 (9): 46. 
  8. ^ "Miss USA KENYA MOORE Tells Why She Feels 'Beauty Is Within'". JET 83 (21): 20–23. March 22, 1993. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
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  11. ^ Season 5 Overview. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Bravo. NBCUniversal
  12. ^ Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp (Color, NTSC, Widescreen). March 5, 2013. ASIN B00BEZEFM4. 
  13. ^ Scott, Tracy. "NeNe Leakes: Porsha Williams was provoked". Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  14. ^ Kenya Moore. (September 24, 2008).
  15. ^ Moore Vision Media –
  16. ^ "The Confidant (2010)". 
  17. ^ "5 Things to Know About Real Housewife of Atlanta, Kenya Moore!". Wetpaint. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ "The 50 Hottest Bad Actresses Of All Time". Complex. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Trois". Yahoo. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ Chris Witherspoon. "‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Kenya Moore developing show similar to Tyra Banks’ ‘Top Model’". The Grio. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  21. ^ "And Sheree Whitfield's Replacement On Real Housewives Of Atlanta Is…". Perez Hilton. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rapper David Banner Starring In Upcoming Thriller". Icelebz. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 

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