Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore

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Kenya Moore
Born Kenya Summer Moore
(1971-01-24) January 24, 1971 (age 47)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Education Wayne State University
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
  • author
  • television personality
  • entrepreneur
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Marc Daly (m. 2017)[2][3]
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Michigan USA 1993
Miss USA 1993
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971),[1] is an American actress, model, producer, author, television personality, and entrepreneur. She currently co-stars in the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Atlanta and was a member of the cast of The Celebrity Apprentice 7 in 2015. Moore rose to prominence in 1993 after winning the Miss USA contest which led her to compete in that year’s Miss Universe pageant ultimately landing her among the top six, but she did not place. She subsequently appeared in minor roles in films including Waiting To Exhale (1995) and Deliver Us From Eva (2003). Moore has produced several film projects, had a book published, and starred in her own exercise video.

Early life[edit]

Moore was born in Detroit, Michigan,[1][4] the daughter of teenagers Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant[5], and was raised by her paternal grandmother Doris Grant[6][7][8](1931–2017)[9] 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.[10] Moore graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989[11] and attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in communication.[12]


Modeling and pageants[edit]

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.[13] 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 sixth.[14]


Moore had small, background 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),[15] and Tupac‘s “Temptations”.[16] 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] Her advice book “Game, Get Some!” was published in November 2007.[12] In May 2012, Moore joined the season five cast of Bravo‘s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[17] In 2013, she released a workout DVD titled Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp.[18] In 2015 Moore was cast on The Celebrity Apprentice 7.[19]

Film production[edit]

Moore has also produced and directed various projects, and launched her own company, Moore Vision Media in 2008.[20] Moore Vision Media produced the erotic thriller “The Confidant”. Moore is credited as producer/director of the film Trapped: Haitian Nights.[21] 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.[20] The company’s first production was The Confidant, released by Universal Vivendi on August 24, 2010.[22]


Moore married in June 2017 to businessman and restaurant owner[23] Marc Daly.[24][25]


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Waiting to Exhale Denise [26]
1998 Senseless Lorraine [27]
2000 Trois Jasmine Davis [28]
2001 No Turning Back Lia
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Renee Johnson [29]
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 [30]
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Nadine
The Confidant Eden Patterson [31]
2013 Dolls of Voodoo Nadine
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Monique
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 Main Cast
2013 Walk This Way n/a Abstinence
2015 The Celebrity Apprentice 7 Herself 7th Place
2015 The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself

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