Kimora Lee Simmons Got Herself Fired From Baby Phat For Being, Well, Fat
KLS -- that's Kimora Lee Simmons to you -- was "unceremoniously dumped" from Baby Phat, according to the folks over at the New York Post. Here's the back story: Kimora founded Baby Phat with her ex-husband Russell in 1999. In 2004, Phat Farm, the parent company, was sold to Kellwood Company for $140 million and KLS was promoted by Kellwood to president and creative director of Phat Fashions. That all changed recently when Kellwood fired Kimora and her entire staff for spending too much money on those campaigns she'd shoot in exotic locales and the additional costs incurred to retouch her body to death! While she thought of this as fabulosity, Kellwood didn't agree.
"Kimora was going over-budget," an insider says. "She'd pay herself a fee to be in the ads, plus she paid her children fees to appear in ads. It costs thousands of dollars to airbrush her because she's a size 10. Plus, they spent a ton of money on body doubles. They would shoot another model in the clothes, and take Kimora's head and put in on her body."
Shocking? No. The retoucher must've spent hours to make her look like a different person in the ad above.
Kimora's story is that she left on her own accord so she could "further expand [her] other businesses," but the Post claims she's considering filing a lawsuit against Kellwood for wrongful termination.
Oh, this would be great for her reality show.