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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
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
  • author
  • television personality
  • entrepreneur
Years active 1992–present
Title
Spouse(s)
Marc Daly (m. 2017)

[2][3]

Children 1
Beauty pageant titleholder
Major
competition(s)
Miss Michigan USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)

Kenya Summer Moore Daly[4] (born January 24, 1971),[1] is an American actress, model, producer, author, television personality, and entrepreneur. She co-starred in the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Atlanta from 2012 to 2018 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 take home the crown. 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][5] the daughter of teenagers Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant[6], and was raised by her paternal grandmother Doris Grant[7][8][9](1931–2017)[10] 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.[11] Moore graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989[12] and attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in communication.[13]

Career[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Post-pageant[edit]

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),[16] and Tupac‘s “Temptations”.[17] 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.[13] In May 2012, Moore joined the season five cast of Bravo‘s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[18] In 2013, she released a workout DVD titled Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp.[19] In 2015 Moore was cast on The Celebrity Apprentice 7.[20]

Film production[edit]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Moore married in June 2017 to businessman and restaurant owner[24] Marc Daly.[25][26] Moore announced in April 2018, that they are expecting their first child.[27] On Nov 4 2018, Moore gave birth to a 5 lbs, 12 oz. girl, named Brooklyn Doris Daly, via emergency c-section.[28] Per Moore, Brooklyn is in reference to the location she met her husband Marc, and Doris is after her late grandmother who raised her.[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Waiting to Exhale Denise [30]
1998 Senseless Lorraine [31]
2000 Trois Jasmine Davis [32]
2001 No Turning Back Lia
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Renee Johnson [33]
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 [34]
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Nadine
The Confidant Eden Patterson [35]
2013 Dolls of Voodoo Nadine
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Monique
Television
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
2012–2018 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast (season 5-10)
2013 Walk This Way n/a Abstinence
2015 The Celebrity Apprentice 7 Herself 7th Place
2015 The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself
Actress (35 credits)
 2018 Saints & Sinners (TV Series)
Nina Collier

Personal, Not Business (2018) … Nina Collier
 2016 Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (TV Movie)
Monique
 2015 Life Twirls On (TV Series)
Kenya Brown
 2013 The Rickey Smiley Show (TV Series)
Evette

The Reconciliation (2013) … Evette
 2013 Dolls of Voodoo
Nadine
 2013 Walk This Way (TV Series)

Abstinence (2013)
 2010 The Confidant
Eden Patterson
 2009 Meet the Browns (TV Series)
Tamiko

Meet the Mom (2009) … Tamiko
 2007 I Know Who Killed Me
Jazmin
 2006 Cloud 9
Champagne
 2005 Brothers in Arms
Mara
 2004 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Kara

Maybe Baby (2004) … Kara
New York Bound (2004) … Kara
 2004 Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1 (Video) (segment “Street Dreams”)
 2003 Hot Parts (Video)
Passion
 2003 Deliver Us from Eva
Renee Johnson
 2001 Men, Women & Dogs (TV Series)
Carmen

Sick as a Dog (2001) … Carmen
 2001 No Turning Back
Lia
 2000 Trois
Jasmine Davis
 1999 In the House (TV Series)
Valerie Bridgeforth

Out the House (1999) … Valerie Bridgeforth
Guest Dad (1999) … Valerie Bridgeforth
Cornbread, Marion and Me (1999) … Valerie Bridgeforth
How Nana Got Her Groove Back (1999) … Valerie Bridgeforth
There’s Something About Tiffany (1999) … Valerie Bridgeforth
 1998-1999 The Parent ‘Hood (TV Series)
Celeste

Wedding Bells Blues (1999) … Celeste
A Sister Scorned (1998) … Celeste
 1999 The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Series)
Heidi

Change of Heart (1999) … Heidi
 1998 The Steve Harvey Show (TV Series)
Miss Gerard

Educating Piggy (1998) … Miss Gerard
 1998 Damon (TV Series)
Julia Burton

The Designer (1998) … Julia Burton
 1998 Senseless
Lorraine
 1997 Nubian Goddess (TV Series)
Host (1999)
 1997 Living Single (TV Series)
Lisa DeLongpre

One Degree of Separation (1997) … Lisa DeLongpre
 1997 Smart Guy (TV Series)
Vivian Kennedy

Brother, Brother (1997) … Vivian Kennedy
 1997 Sparks (TV Series)
Ms. Collins

I, Spy (1997) … Ms. Collins
 1996 Homeboys in Outer Space (TV Series)
Nefertiti

 1996 Nas: Street Dreams (Video short)
Woman
 1996 Martin (TV Series)
Lena Bozack

You’re All I Need (1996) … Lena Bozack
 1995 Waiting to Exhale
Denise
 1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Dana

Mother’s Day (1994) … Dana
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