Kimora Lee Simmons: "I'm a very hands-on mother"
On remaining friends with Russell: Russell, 49, filed for divorce in March 2006, but Kimora says they’re not divorced yet and "who knows" what will happen.
We’re great partners, and we have a beautiful family. We’ve been through so much together. It’s almost been 15 years. I can’t say it’s always been great, but I focus on my kids and my life and my businesses. I’m growing up. I feel like it’s time to take control of my life. I have to take the reigns myself and try my best to be happy.
On her daughters: Kimora says the girls take after their mom more so than dad.
They’re really wild and outgoing. I think they mimic their mother, so that accounts for some of their business sense at such a young age, working very hard and being funny. They help me buckle down and focus. I’m such a kid at heart, so we have fun together. I’m always with them, whether it’s work or play. I’m never away from them for more than a few days at a time. They’re good kids.
On her parenting style: "I’m very strict with my kids. I let them be free and happy, but I expect respect, discipline and self-control. I’m always with them or on the phone checking every little thing. Did they flush the toilet? What did they eat? What time did they go to bed? I’m a very hands-on mother. Russell will tell you that."
On her daughters’ clothing line: The girls, who model for Baby Phat, have a signature clothing line called Ming and Aoki.
Oh, I am [proud]! Tears came to my eyes. It was a lot of fun for us. The kids are always designing and creating; the clothing line is an extension of that.
Source: OK!, August 27 issue, pg 58-61