Kimora Lee Simmons and baby Kenzo get down at Aoki's birthday fashion show in West Hollywood. - Matthew Simmon …
With her signature chuckle, Kimora is quick to point out that though her life may seem glamorous and fabulous on the outside, she's just as human as the rest of us when it comes to her top priorities in life -- family, fashion, and business. "Life can be crazy, hectic, and over the top," says Kimora, adding, "You can have Birkin bags coming out your ass, Rolls-Royces down the street, but at the end of the day, you have to go home, and you're not in that purse, you're not in that car, you're with your family, and that's the most important thing."
Kimora and Djimon Hounsou at the premiere of "The Tempest" in L.A., December 6, 2010. - Frazer Harrison/Getty …
Continues Simmons, "The girls are embarrassed by him, they're like, 'Mom, get the baby off her!' and then Djimon has to go over and get him. Then the lady sees Djimon, and is like 'Oh my God!' So it's always something. We're like National Lampoon's Vacation."
2010 was a year of great change for Kimora. In August, she parted ways with fashion brand Baby Phat after 14 years in a split that was less than amicable. When her departure was first announced, Kimora was completely floored. These days, she's philosophical about the split. "Yes, I did have some moments in 2010 that were dark moments for me, sad moments for me," admits the brand's former CEO. "I really did not know which way I was going to go next, what I was inspired to do, and now I feel like I'm turning over a new leaf. I feel like I have the freedom to create and cater to my audience so much better than I ever could before. I may have had some sad moments, and I'm not going to lie -- there were a lot of tears, but it's like the sun that shines after the storm. I feel like I can do anything now. I'm moving on, and I'm happy."
Kimora, Ming Lee, and Aoki Lee hit up the Chanel store in West Hollywood. - Roshan Perera/Splash News
Simmons' Style Network reality show "Life in the Fab Lane" kicks off this week, and the former model promises that the fourth season is going to be the best one yet. Among the highlights is Aoki Lee's catwalk-themed eighth birthday party, which was held with the Make a Wish foundation to benefit sick kids whose wish was to model in a fashion show. "We had such a big fun celebration, and it took the day beyond just Aoki," says Simmons with emotion, adding, "It really taught my kids that it's not always about you. You still can have fun in life, and think about other people. And by helping other people, you get so much more, because if it wasn't for Make a Wish, we wouldn't have had a big crazy party like that."
For Kimora, the new year is all about looking forward. "I felt like my life had gone upside down, and now it's right side up again. For 2011, my motto is onward and upward. It's a restart, a reboot, which I think so many people can relate to in these hard times. I think if I can make it through, anyone can make it through, and I'm having a great time."
Season 4 of "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane" premieres on the Style Network Sunday January 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
- Kimora Lee Simmons
- Djimon Hounsou