Angela Simmons For The New York Times

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Angela Simmons For The New York Times

Angela Simmons with items from her Foofi clothing line in Manhattan.

Angela Simmons already sits in the driver’s sit of a burgeoning empire which includes the online boutique, ShopAngelaIam, lifestyle blog,, and a ‘Foofi‘ faux fur line. The rising fashion mogul and entrepreneuress recently spoke to Stacey Anderson over at The New York Times for a brief interview.

Ang talked about her faux fur line, catching her big break, latest projects and what she has in the works. Below are some excerpts:

Age 27

Hometown Hollis, Queens

Now Lives In a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. “It has a walk-in closet, but I clearly need more space, because I have too much clothes,” Ms. Simmons said.

Claim To Fame Ms. Simmons is a daughter of the former Run-DMC rapper Rev Run (Joseph Simmons), and appeared, from 2005 to 2009, in the family’s reality TV series “Run’s House” on MTV. Russell Simmons is her uncle. More recently, she started Foofi, a faux-fur line that includes neon hoodies, moto vests and floor-length coats. “The line is named after my toy poodle,” Ms. Simmons said. “It’s fun and for a New York City girl on the go.”

Big Break Foofi is not her first label. In 2007, Ms. Simmons and her sister Vanessa started the whimsical sneaker brand Pastry Shoes, which has since closed. “We had a lot of young females tell us, ‘Because you and your sister started this line, we went out and we’re starting our own line,’ ” she said. “That was really touching.”

Latest Project Ms. Simmons recently made her acting debut in “Supermodel,” a feature film that is to be released in 2016. It tackles racism in the modeling industry and stars the models Tyson Beckford and Sessilee Lopez, with Ms. Simmons in a supporting role as a fashion student. “Acting really came naturally to me,” she said. “I wasn’t ready to wrap because I was having too much fun.”

Next Thing Ms. Simmons will be an executive producer of (and appear in) a documentary show about the sons and daughters of hip-hop stars. She is also active in philanthropy, and founded GirlTalk Takeover, a day of health and fitness for New York-area chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The next one takes place in July.

Family First Ms. Simmons said she often asks her famous father for guidance in business and personal matters. “The best advice he ever gave me was, ‘Do your best and forget the rest,’ ” she said. “That’s something you can apply to any part of life. Today I did my best, so what else is there for me to worry about?”

Photo Credit: Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times

Source: The New York Times

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