- Kenya Moore
name = Kenya Moore
birthdate = Birth date and age|1971|1|24|mf=y
Kenya Summer Moore (born
January 24, 1971) is an American filmand televisionactress, modeland author.
Moore was born and raised in
Detroit, Michiganby her grandmother (and primary inspiration) Doris. She is of African-American ancestry, and is a graduate of Cass Technical High School; whose other notable alumni include Diana Ross, David Alan Grier, Lily Tomlin, and Miss USA 1990 Carole Gist (the first African American to win). After high school, she went to Wayne State Universitywhere she majored in Psychology.
Moore competed in numerous beauty pageants in 1993; first becoming
Miss Michigan USA, then Miss USA 1993, and then competing in Miss Universe 1993, where she finished fifth.
Miss Universe 1993, Kenya was heavily booed after becoming one of the 10 semifinalists. This was attributed to Kenya's entry into the top 10, while Miss Mexico 1993 failed to make the cut. It gained attention in 2007 when Miss USA Rachel Smithwas booed at Miss Universe in Mexico again. Both women were of African-Americandescent competing against Mexican women of white descent.
Kenya has appeared on the cover of several major magazines, including "
Glamour", "Seventeen", "Ebony" and "Essence". She is recognizable for her roles in movies such as " Waiting to Exhale"," Deliver Us From Eva" and the 2007 Lindsay Lohanthriller " I Know Who Killed Me". In addition to her guest hostess spot on BET's Video Soul, Moore made guest appearance roles in notable sitcoms such as " The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", " Living Single", " The Jamie Foxx Show", " Martin", " In the House", " The Steve Harvey Show" and on the UPNsitcom " Girlfriends". One of her best acting roles came in the independent film " Trois" which also starred Gretchen Palmerand "" star Gary Dourdan. " Trois" went on to become one of the highest grossing African-Americanfilms of 2000.
Kenya has also been featured in several music videos, including
R&Bgroup Shai's " I Don't Wanna Be Alone", rapper Nas' " Street Dreams" and the Jay-Z& Jermaine Dupri Grammy-nominated hit " Money Ain't a Thang".
She founded the "
Kenya Moore Foundation" which awards scholarships to under-privileged girls from her high school alma-mater. In 2007, she released her first book "Game, Get Some!", that coaches men on how to get the woman of their dreams as she reveals the secrets of what women really desire from men.
Waiting to Exhale" (1995) — Denise
Senseless" (1998) — Lorraine
Trois" (2000) — Jasmine Davis
No Turning Back" (2001) — Lia
Hot Parts" (2003) — Passion
Deliver Us from Eva" (2003) — Renee Johnson
Cloud Nine" (2005) — Champagne
Brothers in Arms" (2005) — Mara
Haitian Nights" (2008) - Nadine
Video Soul- Guest Hostess
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1994) — Dana
*"Martin" (1996) — Lena Bozack
Homeboys in Outer Space" (1996) — Nefertiti
*"Sparks" (1997) — Ms. Collins
Smart Guy" (1997) as Vivian Kennedy
Living Single" (1997) — Lisa DeLongpre
*"Damon" (1998) — Julia Burton
The Steve Harvey Show" (1998) — Miss Gerard
*"In the House" (1999) — Valerie Bridgeforth
The Jamie Foxx Show" (1999) - Heidi Junk
The Parent 'Hood" (1999) — Celeste
*"Nubian Goddess" (1999) — Host
*"Men, Women & Dogs" (2001) — Carmen
The Parkers" (2002) — Herself
Girlfriends" (2004) — Kara
*"Under One Roof" (2008) — Moose
*imdb name|id=0601469|name=Kenya Moore
* [http://www.kenyamoore.com/ Kenya Moore's Official Website]
* [http://www.amazon.com/Game-Get-Some-Kenya-Moore/dp/0979767504 Game, Get Some! on Amazon.com]
Miss Universe Organization titleholders
Miss USA=Kenya Moore
Miss Teen USA=Charlotte Lopez
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