Model-turned-fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons while speaking to a room of 30 Fashion Institute of Technology students, announced a $1 million scholarship fund in her name. “I’m from St. Louis, Missouri, for those of you that may not know, and growing up in St. Louis, the fashion industry always felt so far away, like millions of miles away,” she said. “I always knew that I wanted to be a part of it, but I never really imagined how to make that happen for myself, and I imagine that’s the case for maybe a lot of you.”
$500,000 of the fund will be dispersed to the New York educational organization over the next five years, while the remainder will be distributed to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Additionally, the project will include an internship program with KLS Collection, Simmons’ new, hush-hush high-end women’s wear line that will be launching in New York City this November.
Later she added, “It takes being at the right place at the right time to make it in the fashion industry, but it also takes opportunity and resources. That’s what I’m here for.”