7 Things You Didn’t Know About RHOA Star Kenya Moore
Kenya Moore joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2012, but she was already a celebrity long before she became a reality star. From her modeling career to her television and movie parts, she has deep ties in the entertainment world. Even though she has a career that spans over two decades, there’s a lot most people don’t know about the stunning star, so here are 7 things you didn’t know about Kenya Moore:
7. Relationship with Mother
Moore’s relationship with her mother is non-existent. Her mother was only 15 when she got pregnant and she wanted to give her daughter up for adoption, but her father begged his mother, Doris, to raise Kenya for him, so Doris took her in. Since Kenya’s birth, her mother has acted like she doesn’t exist. “Since birth, my mother made the decision at age 16 to pretend she never had me. She has never spoken to me,” she wrote in her Bravo blog. “Even if present in the same room with other people and family, she pretends that I simply don’t exist. She pretends I’m invisible.” Growing up, she was very angry with her mother for abandoning her and took her frustrations out on her grandmother.
6. Model-Turned Pageant Queen
The reality TV star began her modeling career when she was 14. In 1992, she was the cover girl for Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company’s Ebony Man’s (EM) magazine and she also became a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. In 1993, she won Miss Michigan USA, becoming the second African American woman to do so, and then represented the United States in the Miss Universe pageant that same year where she placed sixth.