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Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It

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by Kimora Lee Simmons

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Fabulosity (n): 1: a state of everything that is fabulous 2: a quality ascribed to that which expresses glamour, style, charisma, power, and heart

Kimora Lee Simmons knows what it means to have fabulosity -- and she wants to tell you how to get it.

In this empowering new book, Kimora -- a top model, wife of hip-hop legend Russell Simmons, mother to


Fabulosity (n): 1: a state of everything that is fabulous 2: a quality ascribed to that which expresses glamour, style, charisma, power, and heart

Kimora Lee Simmons knows what it means to have fabulosity -- and she wants to tell you how to get it.

In this empowering new book, Kimora -- a top model, wife of hip-hop legend Russell Simmons, mother to two daughters, a national media presence, and president and creative director of the multimillion-dollar Baby Phat company -- shares her personal secrets of success and fabulosity.

Kimora knows that in today’s ultracompetitive world, it’s not enough for women just to be smart or dress well. With too much to do and competition everywhere, the savvy woman must know how to combine feminine glamour with professional power, business ambition with personal values, and confidence with heart. Kimora is the living picture of all these things.

What are Kimora’s secrets to achieving her goals, her signature fabulosity? One is her ability to identify and build upon her own unique talents and strengths. In Kimora’s case, she brilliantly combined the two worlds she knows best -- the high fashion and hip-hop scenes -- to create Baby Phat, her ultrasuccessful hip-hop inspired lifestyle brand.

How do you uncover and develop your own special talents? Kimora shares her step-by-step guide to achieving your wildest dreams, including her 16 laws of success, which cover everything you need to become the woman you want to be.

Whether you’re college-educated or street smart, just starting out or at the top of your game, Fabulosity has something to say to you. Learn how to cultivate Power, Independence, Confidence, and Positivity in everything you do, whether it’s finding Mr. Right, snagging that corner office, or rocking the latest fashion trend. Packed with useful lessons and Kimora’s personal tips, this book will be your instruction manual to empowering yourself, turning your individual talents into permanent success, and unleashing your inner fabulosity.

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Fabulosity (n): 1: A state of everything that is fabulous. 2: A quality ascribed to that which expresses glamour, style, charisma, power, and heart. The Boston Globe describes Fabulosity the book as "a hip-hop primer on how to be successful for female entrepreneurs or women in creative fields." No matter how you slice it, Kimora Lee Simmons' lifestyle guide for potential female power players contains smart tips, great diva gossip, and an entertaining tone.
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Simmons-glam model, owner of the Baby Phat clothing label, wife of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons-offers advice for achieving the bling lifestyle. As Simmons reminds us in this self-help manual for the 21st-century gal, she had it rough growing up and had to work for her success. She came of age in St. Louis, not the friendliest of towns for a girl of Japanese, Korean and African-American descent. (As a gawky teen, her hybrid looks earned her the school nickname "Chinky Giraffe.") A fast ascension into the modeling world at 13 got her away from all that, and now she's not just married to a multimillionaire but also the head of her own affordable glam fashion line. Here, Simmons lays down the laws of fabulosity, some 15 in all, as lived through her own fabulousness it. A rah-rah barrage of self-actualizing advice, this how-to is divided into somewhat arbitrary sections ("Work and Power," "Image and Body Law" and so on). The laws are for the most part enthusiastic cheerleading anthems for adolescent girls (Law #1: "Work yourself into a frenzy of high hopes and aspirations"), especially ethnic minority teens, at whom the book is aimed (Law #6: "Activate your incredible female power to deal with adversity"). Along with laying down rules about keeping ahead in business and not letting the haters get the best of you, Simmons provides fashion advice whose basic tent is: the more the better ("Carry an extra-large bag in cherry, emerald, or orange-Not beige, not camel, and definitely not black"). Enthusiastic to a fault, a rhinestone-studded, fur-lined checklist for the next generation of glamazons.

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What It Is and How to Get It
By Kimora Simmons

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Kimora Simmons
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006084339X

Chapter One

law #1

If you're gonna buy
caviar, make it beluga

So this is the jump off. I'm gonna start with the fundamentals: my ground zero for success. I call it the "Grand Aspiration Theory" -- the G.A.T. -- and it's pretty simple. It goes like this.

  1. High aspirations breed frustration.

  2. Frustration breeds motivation.

  3. Motivation pushes you to action -- whether you take tiny baby steps or huge strides.

  4. Action breeds confidence; you start to feel in control.

  5. Confidence is cumulative: Once you start acquiring it, you get more and more of it.

  6. Soon enough, you prove to yourself that you're a star who can surmount any obstacle and achieve whatever you decide you want to achieve with your life. You're on a roll!

And all this because at one point, you let yourself wish you had something that other people told you was way out of reach.

I've always had high aspirations. Even as a small kid, I was never satisfied with the status quo and was deeply competitive with myself: I always wanted to enhance things and make them better, and I pretty much always believed I could. Where this strong opinion of myself came from is hard to say. Partly it was due to my mom. She brought me up on her own in St. Louis, Missouri, and being a first-generation Asian immigrant, she had high expectations for her only child. Partly it came from my absentee dad. Since I didn't see much of my father, I subconsciously turned my insecurity into action and thought, "If I don't take charge of my life, nobody else will." I know all the statistics and what the numbers say about the benefits of a two-parent family, but it's not always the reality -- and I think it's fine either way. Since I was raised by my mother alone, I came out more empowered, not less. From what I saw, women were the center of the world! We are the center of the universe! I had the proof in my mother that a woman can do anything, even though the time, the situation, and everything else may be against her.

I'm a Taurus, which means I am acquisitive and pretty stubborn about doing things my way. So it's not surprising that the clues to my ambition started popping up pretty young in the one arena I had some control over -- style. When I was eight, my mom decided I should attend a Girl Scout summer camp outside St. Louis so that I'd keep busy during the day. She worked for the government as a social security administrator in charge of thirty people, and I normally went to babysitters after school, but summertime required more planning. The Girl Scout set-up was nothing fancy -- just a place where regular kids from town would go by school bus to scamper around the woods and learn how to tie things in knots. But when I heard the words "summer camp," I figured, "I'll do summer camp times ten." Where most kids were outfitted in sensible neutrals and navy-blue shorts, I insisted on a perfect, white-on-white sporting ensemble: a crisp Izod polo shirt, Jordache shorts with stripes on the side, and squeaky clean K-Swiss sneakers. The fact that white clothes require major upkeep when your daily activities include dodgeball and Twister in the grass didn't faze meone bit. If I had to use a toothbrush to keep those sneakers box fresh, so be it. Such was the price for style.

Some would call it picky; I'd call it a natural penchant for Fabulosity and a desire to rise above the rest. Why blend in with the ordinary? Why be happy with the same-old, same-old? If everyone else is rocking beige, it'd be just plain silly not to rock magenta.

My insistence on style at all costs was also a small act of rebellion. Although our house was long on female self-empowerment -- my mom was a self-made woman who always told me, "You can do anything" -- it was short on glamour. There wasn't much cash to throw around on frivolous things like fashion, so naturally that's what I wanted most. It drove my mom nuts because she hated to shop. She'd compromise by taking me to the one-stop shop where they had everything -- from shoelaces to hair bows. Once there, I had to unleash my own meticulous vision and go to major creative extremes to get the most bang for the buck. Since I was pre-pubescent, most of my fashion sense revolved around color, usually purple. (It was a Prince thing, I'm sure). I spent hours picking out the elements to make a complete monochrome ensemble: purple shirt, purple sweater, purple pants; purple socks, purple sneakers, and purple laces. I'd also carefully watch the way my older sister (from my father's previous marriage) put outfits together and use the funky pieces she passed down to me to create my own looks.

As I got more advanced, I developed a two-tone thing. Red and black perfectly alternated from head to toe: red shirt, black vest, red skirt, black tights. I had to match everything to the T, and the distribution of color had to be even. Mom would despair, "Kimora, you don't have to coordinate the exact same shades of red. You can wear a purse that's a different tone of the same shade." But I knew better. To be polished and pulled together, I had to be hooked up. I always remember it because everybody would talk about me -- I guess that's when I made the connection between style and power. (Maybe those rigid dress codes offer a glimpse of my psychology as well: Even today, I need order in all aspects of my life to keep chaos at bay. I'm all about lists, charts, polaroiding my outfits, and doing the numbers three times over.)


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Meet 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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Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started to read this book but it is a real page turner.I love this book because it makes me feel like because I'm a woman i can do anything possible. I love that as a woman I have a guide to a level of sucess that i never thought was possible.
Janee_Luvz_Books More than 1 year ago
This books shows you how to map out the things that you want in life. The people that you surround yourself with can and will affect the way that you feel about yourself. Did you know that? This book pinpoints that and many other things that someone may not have known about themselves. She offers lifestyle advice as well as fashion and wellness tips. Kimora helps that shy girl in the corner realease her inner flyy self. Thumbs up! I love it! People always ask to borrow it and I make up corny excuses beacuse I'd rather them get their own and not mess up mine. LOL. I give it THAT MUCH respect. I love the cover! It's beautiful inside and out! I can't tell you everything sorry. Buy it and see why a lot of people love it. I love women who empower other women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Not only did Kimora share ways on how to be fabulous and fashionable, but she also empowers women. The dialogue is so reminiscent of her demeanor and it feels like she is talking directly to you. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired by greatness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg ive always loved kimora lee simmmons and always admired her so one day i was in bn brosing and i just asked for the book and as the guy handed it to me i havent put it down since its so . . . so . . . so fabulous! i now have more respect for myself. u need to buy it like right now
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It was wonderful and full of great advice! this book has inspired me to keep on shooting for the stars, in everything that i do. Purchase this book for your collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I love how she's encouraging women to put themselves out there instead of shrinking in the corner while someone else does all the work. She's crazy, but love her or hate her, her book is on point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honey, I have been using the word Fabulosity for 3 years to describe myself..I heard it on the radio coming home from work....not knowing that it came from Kimora , who has always been my style maven... Upon finding out about the release of this book... I preordered it 3 weeks in advance, just because...and I am glad I did!! It truly is the definition of fabulousness, self-confidence and glamour... The book is designed for any girl needing a mirror put in front of her face to remind her of her power and worth. Kimora doesn't want her reader to pattern herself after her, but rather to use her as an example of a person considered less than special, less than beautiful by others and decided on her own that their opinion didn't define her self-image, but she did, with flair... This is the same emotion Kimora wants to evoke in her readers that regardless of what someone else says is beauty, it truly is in the eyes of the beholder, One's self....With Love Enjoy! A HUGE FAN
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kimora Lee Simmons is so dope to me! I love her! At first I was among some of the people who doubted her talents and thought nothing of her except of the fact that she was a trophy wife. Can we say hater )? But I digress. After reading the article with her inthe new issue of Vibe Vixen. I fell in love with her exotic beauty, candor, & style. I don't have her book yet but after reading the sample chapter & knowing that my girl is a taurus like me. I am definitely going to the nearest bookstore to find out how I too can become an enterprising entrepreneur living the fabulous life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW~ this book really lives up to its title. It is outstandingly fabulous!!! I couldn't even put the book down until I read as much as i could..Kimora Lee Simmons really knows the secrets of fabulousity and feeling fabulous in the inside and success of business..After reading this, you will gain a bit of confidence and an attitude that rocks !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kimora not only discusses fashion design in this book but she goes on to address topics such as business, inner beauty, outer beauty, self image, self promotion and relationships. I truely recommend this book to any woman from any background. This is a woman handbook to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot say how much I am loving this book. My heart has been pumping with each page as I become more and more excited to live out my own version of life and success. I truly love this book and I just purchased it today! She isn't bragging in this book saying, 'Look at me and what I have, haha you only wish you could have it!' She is saying that you can have whatever you TRULY want and if you TRULY want it then you can HAVE it. I don't have children but I am going to make sure to include this book in my list of books that I feel offer timeless life lessons for my future children. I'm also 'Blasian' so I love how she embraces both aspects of her culture. This book shows her critics/haters that she isn't 'Just Russell's wife!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kimora is Fabulous and believe it or not there are other women who are fabulous. I am one of those women and I say it's about time we stop down playing ourselves to make others feel good. This book is platinum in my book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
l love your book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book. Kimora is so positive and energetic. I bought two copies for my Daughter (one in print and one for her Nook). Kimora lives her life on a grand scale and does it graciously and with a sense of humor. Her relationship with her children is exemplary. I recommend this book to any woman of any age. It''s upbeat and will leave you feeling good.
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CajunLady60 More than 1 year ago
This book written by Kimora Lee Simmons, Model from age 13, Business Woman, Fashion Designer Television and Style Channel Fashion Editor,, Mother and Wife is truly inspiring reading. She is down to earth, to the point and matter of fact. She in this book she offers inspirational thoughts and values as well as tips and pointers based on her experience to help guide other women to be all they cad be ans to go after what you want from life. She shows that with a positive outlook determination and strength and belief in who you are you can reach your goals and achieve your..dreams and aspiration come true for yourself. I rarely read a book more than once, but this one I have read many times...Kimora your book is fabulous
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anime_lover More than 1 year ago
I will be honest, I didn't really like Kimora at all. Her high scale personality on her show really threw me off and I never liked her. But a friend of mine insisted that I read the book and begged me to give her a chance. So I did. And I can say the book is fantastic. I don't think her marrying a rich man had absolutly anything to with her success. It may have helped but even without him, she would have made it fine (she was already a well known model). Her book should be read by any woman out there that has either questioned her "fabulosity" or is down right out of her womenhood. This book highly boosted my convidence and the way I look at myself. I love this book and I have changed what I think about Kimora. If i ever meet her, I will love to praise her for this book. Please ladies that like to hate, if you didn't read the book don't talk crap! And if you read the book and you're still talking crap then you are obviously not getting what the book is about and you are jealous (sorry ladies lets just be real).