When Kenya Moore was introduced to Bravo viewers on Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, she quickly became one of the most controversial figures in franchise history. Her critics complain she is all about the drama, specializes in stirring the pot, and has even been known to stretch the truth from time to time. Mysterious African Prince boyfriend or no, Kenya Moore is nothing if not entertaining. Which Housewife can argue they’ve contributed more WTF moments for our viewing pleasure? From assuring her cast mates and the world that she’s gone with the wind fabulous, complete with a chiffon gown twirling signature move, to twerking on, well, anything…so long as there’s a camera around, Kenya has made good use of her tenure on RHOA so far.
Long before she was twerking and twirling all over Bravo, Kenya made a name for herself as an actress, model, author, producer, beauty queen and, of course, drama queen. And, however you feel about Kenya the Housewife, she’s made a life for herself that, early on, would likely have seemed improbable.
Kenya Moore was born on January 24, 1971, in Detroit, MI to 16 year old parents Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant. She’s been open on RHOA about being abandoned by her mother who wanted to put her up for adoption. Instead, Kenya was raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt. Patricia continued to refuse to accept Kenya s her daughter throughout her childhood. At the age of 14, her grandmother scraped together money to buy Kenya her first pageant gown and she embarked on a career that would bring her money and success. After high school, Kenya attended Wayne State University where she majored in psychology. In 1993, Kenya won the Miss Michigan USA title and then became the second African American woman in history to be crowned Miss USA. She went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant where she came in 5th.
After her pageant success, Kenya took the entertainment world by storm. She starred in the film “Waiting to Exhale” and has appeared on many TV shows including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Living Single” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Kenya has been on the covers of “Glamour,” “Seventeen,” “Ebony” and “Essence.” Since 2007, she has also been producing and directing, and launched her own company, Moore Vision Media in 2008.