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Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It Hardcover – February 21, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006084339X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060843397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimora Lee Simmons is the president and creative director of Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons, a lifestyle brand for the glamorous woman who is all things hip-hop and everything fashion. Simmons’s first major fashion job came at thirteen, when she became the muse for the legendary Karl Lagerfeld. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, hip-hop music pioneer Russell Simmons, and their two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee.

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Customer Reviews

Heck no but I love her advice LOL!
She helps you learn how to feel comfortable in your own skin and make the most of what you've got if you don't look quite like Kimora.
Little Miss Cutey
GREAT BOOK--very upbeat and uplifting.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Shamontiel L. Vaughn on July 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love hip-hop music and I love shopping, but as a woman gets older, she learns that it's just not cute to have "Bootylicious" on her butt or the name brand in 15 different spots on her shirt. This is why I like Baby Phat clothes, it's hip-hop, it's sporty, but it's classy. I have more Baby Phat jeans than necessary and a few shirts too! So when I heard about her book, I just knew I'd love it. But here's the problem...I feel the same way about Kimora Lee Simmons as I do about India Arie. When I went to see India Arie at the Taste of Chicago, she kept prancing around stage singing "I'm #1." In awards shows, India said things like "I always think I'm going to win..." As much as I'm a fan of her music, I'd never buy it because her ego is out of control. Reading this book made me feel the same way about Kimora. She kept on pointing out how she could do unprofessional things (wear stilettos to work, show up late, yell, talk over people, have modeling shows with people who are not wearing your clothes and front like it's Baby Phat) but coaxing her readers into doing the exact opposite. Every time she said something contradictory, she'd say "But I can do that, because I'm the boss" or "But look at me now!" After awhile, I was rolling my eyes and looking at my stove trying to figure out how to mail her a bucketload of humble pie. I respect women who are confident, but being vain is a complete turn-off. Halfway through the book, I gave up. Maybe it ended on a down-to-earth note, but I couldn't handle it anymore.

She didn't cover how she met Russel Simmons and how they helped each other in business; only stated that she likes to beat him economically. She didn't talk about how she went about picking her staff, only talked about how young they were.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Wilson on February 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Someone gave me Fabulisity for my birthday. I read it but didn't have any high expectations. Well, I'm happy to say that this book by Kimora Lee Simmons is funny, informative and really very interesting. Kimora, clearly is not the bubble headed, insignificant person that we thought she was.

The book has excellent advice about money management (I'm not kidding), and tells the stone cold truth about the modeling and fashion industries. I'm not saying that I'd like Kimora if I met her or that I wouldn't be miserable working for her but I really enjoyed the book.

Now I must say that I would not give Fabulisity to a teenaged girl because of the language issues and the world view but it's fine for adults. Also, I have to point out that what Kimora calls being assertive would probably get you in a heap of trouble with your female co-workers in most jobs outside of New York City Other than that, Fabulosity is better than most of the self help books for young women on the market right now.

Congratulations to Mrs. Simmons.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miss Naturally Fly on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Before I read Fabulosity, I wasn't a big Kimora fan, but I have nothing but respect for her after reading this book. Yes, she talks a lot about fashion, and her extravagant lifestyle..and what else can you expect..Authors talk about what they know..and Kimora knows what it means to be fabulous. The people that complain about the book are dumb for expecting anything less than a woman talking about what she knows. But intertwined with her lavishness, the book was surprising down to earth! It wasnt some stuff old etiquette, how-to-do book that was filled with nonsense. She speaks like a diva, but its with genuine candor. How do I put this?..Its really a lifestyle to develop yourself as a goddess from the inside out...professionally and personally..Its a real book. However if you are not in the demographic she is addressing, you won't get it..and you will think the book is a waste, b/c you won't get it. This book is for the urban, chic, young woman who is a product of the hip hop culture but has the style and grace of high fashion(or even just the desire to be that)...if you are more comfortable with the non-urban, old world culture...THEN THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU..there are plenty of other books available that appeal to your demographic.
I'll admit, because of the negative reviews I read on here and elsewhere, I had very low expectations of "Fabulosity"..and even her flashy persona. People said, oh you can't apply what Kimora says in real life, she's just rambles on about her life and how great it is...That is not the case, AT ALL. You just have to know how to apply her principles to your own life, even if you aren't in the fashion industry. Its really just about learning how to know yourself, love yourself, carry yourself, etc. Oh and its about a state of mind too..
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EQ on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When this book first came out, I expected it to be a guide on how to look fabulous for every occasion. I was okay with that but not rushing out to get it or anything. Well I finally did get around to reading it and WOW!

This is good stuff--no lie! There are tons of reasons for people to hate on Kimora but you gotta give credit where credit is due. I can't imagine her spending a lot of time writing but yet every word in this book sounds like it's coming out of her mouth. And she's not spewing a whole lot of nonsense but yet some GREAT advice for young adults trying to make it BIG in this world. I love this book and I have recommended it to others. Would I work for Kimora? Heck no but I love her advice LOL!
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