feeling fine

Hip-hop clothing designer Kimora Lee Simmons on Baby No. 2


Kimora Lee Simmons is no stranger to the fast-paced life. She was a Chanel model by age 13 and now, at 27, is head of Baby Phat, a line of hip-hop glitzwear. She’s also the wife of hip-hop media mogul Russell Simmons (co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and CEO of Rush Communications) and the mother of a 2-year-old. We caught up with Simmons two months before she gave birth to Aoki Lee, the couple’s second child.

Fit Pregnancy: We hear you’re having another daughter.

Kimora Lee Simmons: Yes, I did find out that it was a girl—I’m Mommy in Preparation and need to get the room right, so I had to know if it was going to be dolls or trains.

Aha. Nesting overdrive?

Yes. I nest with catalogs. In the middle of the night, I’m flipping through all of these catalogs, ordering stuff. For the baby’s room, for our house, for our office.

Most women are subject to either mood swings or mad nesting. Tell Russell he has a choice between renovation or Hurricane Hormone.

OK, I’ve got it: “Be happy I’m spending all this money, honey! It could be worse!”

You’re known for being a fashion maven, so what are you wearing now? My own line, but in larger sizes. And Japanese Weekend’s sexy black string bikini. I recommend it to all my friends who have big boobs, whether they’re pregnant or not.

Have you had any pregnancy body-image issues?

Sometimes I hate wearing makeup because in my regular life, I have to wear makeup all the time. But I found this wonderful lotion that makes your face sort of shimmery. Which is good, because I’m at the stage of pregnancy when I’m not cute anymore.

Come on, you’re a goddess. But I’m big. Russell asked if I wanted to go to the Sex and the City premiere, but I decided against it. Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker are pregnant, but those girls are what we call Little Pregnant. They’re at the cute stage, three or four months, so I can’t stand next to them.

Have you done the nude photo thing? I had to, because I did it with my first pregnancy.

Was your labor with Ming Lee difficult? No, it was really … pleasant. Is that, like, an oxymoron? Pleasant labor?

Some people might say so.

Well, it was. And I did it all naturally with a nurse, Maureen Tully. Put her name in there. I didn’t really scream—I’m more of a deep moaner. And if you can’t do it naturally, have an epidural, honey. All you want is a healthy, beautiful baby.