Kenya Moore
Born
Kenya Summer Moore

(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 51)[1]
Other namesKenya Moore Daly
EducationWayne State University (BS)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
  • author
  • television personality
  • entrepreneur
Spouse(s)
Marc Daly
(m. 2017; separated 2021)
Children1
Beauty pageant titleholder
Title
Years active1992–present
Major
competition(s)
Miss Michigan USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Websitekenyamoore.com
Signature
Kenya Moore signature.png

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971)[1] is an American actress, model, producer, author, television personality, and entrepreneur.

Moore rose to prominence in 1993 after winning the Miss USA contest, and placing in the top six of that year's Miss Universe pageant. She was the second black woman to be crowned Miss USA, after Carole Gist, and she holds the distinction of being the first dark-skinned woman to win the contest. She subsequently appeared in films and television shows including Waiting To Exhale (1995), Deliver Us From Eva (2003), The Steve Harvey Show (1998) and Girlfriends (2004).

Since 2012, Moore has starred in the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, one of the most consistently highly rated reality programmes. She was also a member of the cast of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2015, a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and part of the first The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip cast, both in 2021. Moore has produced several film projects, had a book published, and starred in her own exercise video. She is also known for her involvement in entrepreneurial ventures and is the founder of a hair care brand, Moore Hair.

Early life

Moore was born in Detroit, Michigan[1][2] to teenagers Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant,[3] and was raised by her paternal grandmother Doris Grant[4][5](1931–2017)[6] and aunt after her mother abandoned her at three days old. 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]

Career

Modeling and pageants

Moore began modeling at the age of 14 and in the course of her modeling career was the January 1992 cover girl for Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony Man's (EM) magazine.[11] She also became a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. 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 in the Miss Universe 1993 pageant and placed fifth.[12]

Film and television

Acting

Moore had parts in 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),[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

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 is set to star in The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip a spin-off featuring various women from The Real Housewives franchise, that is set to premiere on Peacock.[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]

Production

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]

Authoring

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 and hair care line

In 2013, Moore released her own exercise video, named "Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp".[27] This venture rivalled 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, 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

In June 2017, Moore married businessman and restaurant owner[30] Marc Daly.[31][32] In April 2018 she announced that they were expecting their first child.[33] On November 4, 2018, Moore gave birth to daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly.[34][35] According to Moore, Brooklyn refers to the location where she and husband Marc met, and Doris is after her late grandmother who raised her.[36] Moore filed for divorce from Daly in August 2021.[37]

Filmography

Film/Movie

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Waiting to Exhale Denise [38]
1998 Senseless Lorraine [39]
2000 Trois Jasmine Davis [40]
2001 No Turning Back Lia
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Renee Johnson [41]
Hot Parts Passion Video
2004 Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1 Herself Video
2005 Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story Leticia
Brothers in Arms Mara
2006 Cloud 9 Champagne
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Jazmin [42]
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Nadine
The Confidant Eden Patterson [43]
2013 Dolls of Voodoo Nadine
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Monique TV Movie

Television

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 Episode: "A Sister Scorned" & "Wedding Bells Blues"
1999 Nubian Goddess Herself/Host TV Series
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 Episode: "New York Bound" & "Maybe Baby"
2008 Baisden After Dark Herself Episode: "Where's the Ring... and Why are there More Baby Mamas than Wives?"
2009 Meet the Browns Tamiko Episode: "Meet the Mom"
2012– The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast: Season 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 Nina Collier Episode: "Say Yes to Distress" & "Blessings and Dressings"
2015 The Celebrity Apprentice Herself Contestant: Season 14
The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself Episode: "Kenya Moore/Taylor Dayne"
Life Twirls On Kenya Brown Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Worst Cooks in America Herself Contestant: Season 9: Celebrity Edition 2
2018 Hip Hop Squares Herself/Panelist Episode: "Sarunas Vs. Algee Smith" & "Al Harrington vs Kenyon Martin"
Saints & Sinners Nina Collier Episode: "Personal, Not Business"
2019 Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Herself Episode: "Kenya Moore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Macklemore"
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: 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 Episode: "Remember Cousin Kenya?" & "Remember When Cocoa Was a Housewife?"
2021 MTV Cribs Herself Episode: "Kenya Moore & Johnny Orlando"
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant: Season 30
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Herself Main Cast: Season 1
Games People Play Marlene Episode: "There's No Place Like Home"

Music Videos

Year Title Artist Role
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

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result Ref.
2014 Real Housewives Awards Most Memorable Outfit Won [44]
Rookie of the Year Won

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