Kenya Moore (1971- ) is an American beauty who was Miss USA in 1993, the second black woman to win the title. She is also an actress, but even now, nearly 15 years later, she is still better known for her beauty than her acting.
She has beautiful eyes, a pretty face, deep, dark brown skin and a wonderful figure. She has long black hair from the Native Americans on her mother’s side of the family. So far as I know she is all natural.
She grew up in Detroit, brought up by her grandmother. She went to Cass Technical High School, the magnet school that Diana Ross went to – and Carole Gist too, the first black Miss USA!
After Cass, Moore studied psychology at Wayne State University and started modelling. She appeared in over 30 magazines and on the cover of at least Glamour, Seventeen, Ebony and Essence.
She entered beauty pageants too. In 1993 she won Miss Michigan and then Miss USA. She went to Mexico for the Miss Universe pageant. The Mexicans booed her as an American but she came in fifth place all the same.
After Miss Universe she gave up modelling: “I grew breasts. I had an ass. They didn’t want that on the runway!”
So she headed to Hollywood to become an actress.
She has had small parts on many television shows, like “Fresh Prince”, “The Steve Harvey Show” and “The Parenthood”.
She has also appeared in several films.
In “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) she was the other woman to Whitney Houston. She was in “Deliver Us from Eva” (2003), starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union, a friend of hers. She has been in several other films, most of them forgettable, some going straight to video. In 2007 she appeared in “I Know Who Killed Me” starring Lindsay Lohan.
Her best film so far is “Trois” (2000). She played the lead female character who agrees to have a threesome with her husband and another woman. Reviewers called her performance “memorable”, “impressive” and “riveting”. They also noticed her “striking looks”. She helped to produce the film. It did well for an independent, black film.
Moore says Hollywood is not what it seems. For example, she says that John Singleton would not give her a part in “Baby Boy” (2001) because she would not sleep with him. On top of that he made sure Fox never hired her. She says Union has had the same sort of trouble, but wonders about Sanaa Lathan.
She has appeared in only one music video: “Sweet Dreams” (1998 ) by Nas. She was his girlfriend both in the video and off the set. They went together for four months. But she says that after a while, “the parties and the hang-on girls and the spoils of new success took him away from me.”
In 2007 she came out with a new book, “Game, Get Some!” in which she tells men about women in sports terms. She also got married.
Last update: December 22nd 2007