Kimora Lee Simmons walked the runway for the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection at New York’s Fashion Week on February 11 and used the heart health awareness event to remind herself of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for both herself and her kids.
The mom-of-three says she strives to teach daughters Ming,10, and Aoki ,7 how to eat healthy. “I’m showing them about good carbs, like quinoa and brown rice, as opposed to cupcakes,” Simmons says. “And a great bowl of oatmeal will start the day as opposed to white toast. I like them to be very aware of their bodies and their own health — I think that’s very important and a lot of time young kids don’t really know about their health as much as they should.”
As for buckling to Hollywood’s pressure to “lose the baby weight,” Simmons, who gave birth to son Kenzo in June, says she’s going at her own pace. “A lot of people have asked me lately, ‘how did you get your body back,’ and I’m thinking, ‘I don’t have my body back — I’m just doing the best I can!’” she says.
“I’ve always been the type of woman to embrace my curves. We’re not all a picture perfect size 2. I’m all about loving what you have and being healthy, which is the message behind the Red Dress Project. [Heart Disease] is extremely preventable on many fronts, by eating right and exercising and not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight — which doesn’t mean you’ll be a size 2!”