Vanessa Simmons

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Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Jean Simmons

(1983-08-05) August 5, 1983 (age 35)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActress, TV Host
Years active2005-present

Vanessa Jean Simmons (born August 5, 1983) is an American TV personality. Her family is featured in the MTV reality show Run's House. She was recently the host and judge of Project Runway: Threads.

Early life[edit]

Simmons is the oldest daughter of Joseph Simmons and Valerie Vaughn. She is the older sister to Angela Simmons, Joseph "Jojo" Simmons Jr, Daniel "Diggy" Simmons III, Russell "Russy" Simmons II, Victoria Anne Simmons and Miley Justine Simmons. She is the niece of artist Danny Simmons and Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Records.[citation needed]


Simmons found popularity between 2005-2009 with her family's MTV reality show Run's House. She and her sister, Angela Simmons, are designers for the shoe brand Pastry.[1] Simmons appeared briefly on the soap opera television show Guiding Light and held a role in the film Speed Dating. In 2008 she secretly entered the Miss California USA pageant.[2] She is in Boogie Town and the ensemble film Dysfunctional Friends. She also starred in the 2014 web series, Mixed.[3] Simmons became the host and judge of Project Runway: Threads in 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She attended St John's University.[citation needed]

On February 13, 2014, Simmons and boyfriend, of several years, Michael Wayans, son of actor Damon Wayans, welcomed their daughter, Ava Marie Wayans.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Hollywood Chaos Alexis Burns
2013 What Would You Do For Love Piper Television Movie
2012 From This Day Forward Corinne Television Movie
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Hanna
2012 Boogie Town Cicely
2011 Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Tricia
2011 Worst. Prom. Ever. Hanna Television Movie
2010 Speed-Dating Elizabeth


Year Title Role Notes
2016-2018 Growing Up Hip Hop Herself Main cast
2014 Project Runway: Threads (TV Series) Herself Main cast; 8 episodes
2014 Steve Harvey (TV Series) Herself Episode: Steve Is Dressed as a Ringmaster, Spooky Circus/Funeral Director/Halloween Party/Ghost Hunters
2014 Project Runway (TV Series) Herself - Host, Threads Episode: Finale, Part 2
2014 The Meredith Vieira Show (TV Series) Herself Episode: Kristin Davis/"Parenthood" Star Monica Potter/My Hubby's a Hot Mess Makeovers with "Run's House" Star Vanessa Simmons
2014 The Insider (TV_series) (TV Series) Herself - Hostess, Project Runway: Threads Episode: October 20, 2014
2014 David Tutera's CELEBrations (TV Series) Herself
2013 Exhale (TV Series) Herself Episode: Beauty & Style
2008-2013 Fashion News Live (TV Series) Herself Episodes: 5.20, 8.44, 11.31
2012 Cupcake Wars (TV Series) Herself - Co-Owner, Pastry Shoes Episode: Cupcake Couture
2011 Anderson Live (TV Series) Herself - Guest Episode: Are Parents Playing Favorites?
2010 Running Russell Simmons (TV Series) Herself Episode: You Only Live Once
2010 The Mo'Nique Show (TV Series) Herself Episode: October 26, 2010
2009 The Wendy Williams Show (TV Series) Herself
2009 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special) Herself
2005-2009 Run's House (TV Series documentary) Herself Main cast; 50 episodes
2009 Daddy's Girls (TV Series) Herself Main cast; 7 episodes
2008 2008 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special) Herself
2008 Drama in the Hills: US Weekly Presents the Top 10 Most Memorable Moments Ever (TV Movie) Herself
2007 21st Annual Soul Train Awards (TV Special) Herself
2007 Guiding Light (TV series) Lola Episodes: 1.15282, 1.15268, 1.15249, 1.15240


  1. ^ "Love Pastry". Love Pastry.
  2. ^ "Vanessa Simmons Secretly Enters Miss California Pageant". MTV Remote Control Blog.
  3. ^ "Vanessa Simmons Stars in New Comedy Web Series Titled 'Mixed!'". Black America Web. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Vanessa Simmons Talks 'Project Runway,' Fashion Faux Pas And Prioritizing Motherhood". Vibe. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Vanessa Simmons, Boyfriend Mike Wayans Welcome Daughter Ava Marie Jean". US Magazine.

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