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Kenya Moore
Born January 24, 1971 (1971-01-24) (age 38)
Detroit, Michigan

Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971) is an American film and television actress, producer, model and author.

Moore was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan by her grandmother (and primary inspiration). She is of African-American ancestry, and is a graduate of Cass Technical High School; whose other notable alumni include Diana Ross, David Alan Grier, Lily Tomlin, and Miss USA 1990 Carole Gist (the first African American to win). After high school, she went to Wayne State University where she majored in Psychology.

Moore competed in numerous beauty pageants in 1993; first becoming Miss Michigan USA, then Miss USA 1993, and then competing in Miss Universe 1993, where she finished fifth.

At Miss Universe 1993, Kenya was heavily booed after becoming one of the 10 semifinalists. This may have been attributed to Kenya's entry into the top 10, while Miss Mexico 1993 failed to make the cut. The pageant gained notoriety again in 2007 when Miss USA Rachel Smith was booed at the Miss Universe pageant in Mexico. In the case of bi-racial Rachel Smith, she was booed due to unfair immigration policies pervasive at the time between the United States and Mexico.

Kenya has appeared on the cover of several major magazines, including Glamour, Seventeen, Ebony and Essence. She is recognizable for her roles in movies such as Waiting to Exhale, Deliver Us from Eva and the 2007 Lindsay Lohan thriller I Know Who Killed Me. In addition to her guest hostess spot on BET's Video Soul, Moore made guest appearance roles in notable sitcoms such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, In the House, The Steve Harvey Show and on the UPN sitcoms Girlfriends and The Parkers. One of her best acting roles came in the independent film Trois which also starred Gretchen Palmer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star Gary Dourdan. Trois went on to become one of the highest grossing African-American films of 2000.

Kenya has also been featured in several music videos, including R&B group Shai's "I Don't Wanna Be Alone", rapper Nas' "Street Dreams" and the Jay-Z & Jermaine Dupri Grammy-nominated hit "Money Ain't a Thang".

She founded the Kenya Moore Foundation which awards scholarships to under-privileged girls from her high school alma-mater. In 2007, she released her first book Game, Get Some!, that coaches men on how to get the woman of their dreams as she reveals the secrets of what women really desire from men.

Producer

Moore's first produced-by/director credit was a feature entitled Haitian Nights,[1] written by Obba Babatundé and Marc Cayce.[2] After the project lost its director for unspecified reasons, Moore took over the post. As of 2009, this movie has yet to be released.

Since Haitian Nights' failure to find distribution, Moore has founded Moore Vision Media in 2008, an independent movie production and home video distribution company [3] According to her Facebook, the company was officially launched at a gala in Miami Beach, FL.[4]

The first production under her company's banner is an erotic thriller entitled "The Confidant" which stars Moore, Camila Alves, and Bai Ling amongst a few. The Confidant is currently in post production.

TV appearances

External links

  1. ^ http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur47305.cfm
  2. ^ Haitian Nights on IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1151914/
  3. ^ Moore Vision Media - http://www.moorevisionmedia.com/
  4. ^ http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Kenya+Moore&init=quick#/photo.php?pid=2462107&id=570092820
Preceded by
Shannon Marketic
Miss USA
1993
Succeeded by
Lu Parker
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