Via Heart & Soul: “Our cover model, the beautiful…and sometimes controversial, Kenya Moore, is clad in red to honor American Heart Health Month. She shares with us the softer side of Kenya; the woman who gives back to her community and encourages young women to follow their dreams.”
On Being Miss USA:
“One of the best things about being Miss USA is that I changed the stereotype, especially for darker-skinned black women in the early ‘90s. It was a win for black women, and for black people.” She frankly acknowledges that the image of Black beauty hasn’t always been (and still isn’t always) positive, for women of all shades. She is proud to have played a role in challenging the status quo.”
On Giving Back:
“I was such a troubled girl throughout high school. I always wanted to give back to young black girls, so I have the Kenya Moore Foundation, which awards scholarships to my alma mater.”
On Her Self-Esteem:
“I know that I have it, but I didn’t know where I got it from. [Now] I know I got it from my grandmother loving me, and from my father loving me. But the one thing I can also always point to is that I have accomplished things in my life that no one can take away from me. Winning Miss USA, being a trained dancer. I have talent. I have an education.” Get the issue here to read more on Moore.
Via Rolling Out Magazine:
Kenya: "Juggling is definitely not easy, but I think that I have a really busy mind so I’m always thinking about what is the next project, or what is the next venture that I want to explore. I’m always thinking about my future, and so for me it’s a part of just the way I think and the way I move. I just try to stay focused and see one thing through at a time, but always have things in development all the time. And as an independent film producer, I’m used to juggling a lot of different things. It’s just sort of natural for me, I think."
Kenya: "It’s very difficult."
Kenya: Well, that’s a really loaded question. The hardest part if you’re doing an independent film is raising the money. If you’re doing a studio film, it’s to get a studio to want to buy it amongst thousands of scripts and producers and directors that they may already know or are already looking at. It’s nearly impossible. Only about 200 to 250 movies get made per year in the studio world. In terms of indies, with the new cameras that they have now, a lot of people will go out and make their own project but they are not really theater quality or they don’t have high production quality but they can be made. So there are other outlets for production now [as far as] distribution, I mean. The Internet is a great resource to get your product out there, but the hardest thing is to actually get someone to say yes or actually get someone to give you money for your film."
Interviewer: "How do you use your celebrity to help support your other projects?"
Kenya: "It’s an excellent question, actually. I think that whenever you are very visible and in high demand, everybody wants to work with you, so you can get into any door. You can make one phone call and people always return your call and people want to meet with you. They want to be in business with you because you’re already successful and they know that the more visible that you are, [the more likely it is that the] eyes on you are potential supporters of yours and of your products and of your projects, so it helps tremendously. It opens every door imaginable for you."