Say what you want about Kenya Moore, but make sure you say pioneer when you’re talking about her.
Long before Mrs. Moore-Daly held a peach, the Detroit-native held titles many women dream of. In 1993, she became only the second Black woman to win Miss USA. She went on to place fifth in the Miss Universe pageant. She later transitioned into acting and landed small roles in films and TV like Waiting To Exhale, Martin and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. She even appeared in Jay’s drop top in the Money Ain’t A Thang video. She was the pinnacle of arm candy.
Kenya Moore was the “it” girl of the 90s. She was tall, curvy, brown and beautiful. Her stunning looks stood out on-screen. She laughs at being type cast back then, but joyfully reminisces on those times that help build her resume.
“I loved working with Will Smith on Fresh Prince,” she revealed during a sit-down interview while promoting her haircare line. “That was like my first real speaking role on a show. He is amazing. I am such a fan of his. I love Martin because, at that time, it was an iconic show. Everybody remembers me as Mrs. Bozack.”
She beamed as she transitioned to her all-time favorite cameo…Waiting To Exhale.
“I was so intimidated and scared. It was my first movie role and I hid in my trailer the whole time,” she recalled. “I would watch outside. I would see Bobby Brown on his roller skates and Whitney, they were rolling skating on set.”
The iconic movie was about Black female friendships and woman’s empowerment. That energy translated on set.
“I was so afraid [Whitney Houston] was going to be so mean to me and she could not have been nicer to me. She hugged me. She was like, ‘We’re so proud of you.’ Angela was so kind. Angela is still kind to me when she sees me…Loretta.”
Kenya Moore and Loretta Devine recently reunited on Netflix’s Family Reunion. “She’s hilarious. Still funny, still so gracious.”
“Those are the ladies that I look up to.”
Throwback Photos Of Kenya Moore Through The Years
1. 29th Annual NAACP Image Awards - ArrivalsSource:Getty 1 of 28
2. 3rd Annual Black Girls Rock! AwardsSource:Getty 2 of 28
3. 2008 BET Awards After PartySource:Getty 3 of 28
4. Lionsgate Premiere of Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns"Source:Getty 4 of 28
5. 2007 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Awards Party - ArrivalsSource:Getty 5 of 28
6. Karma: The 4th Annual Ludacris Foundation Dinner & Casino Night - ArrivalsSource:Getty 6 of 28
7. 2006 ESPY Awards - ArrivalsSource:Getty 7 of 28
8. 6th Annual BET Awards - ArrivalsSource:Getty 8 of 28
9. The First Annual Queen Latifah Vibe Hollywood Gala - ArrivalsSource:Getty 9 of 28
10. BET 25th Anniversary Show - ArrivalsSource:Getty 10 of 28
11. BET 25th Anniversary Show - ArrivalsSource:Getty 11 of 28
12. "The Color Purple" Broadway Opening Night - After PartySource:Getty 12 of 28
13. "The Color Purple" Broadway Opening Night - After PartySource:Getty 13 of 28
14. 2005 BET Comedy Awards - ArrivalsSource:Getty 14 of 28
15. Patrick McMullan ArchivesSource:Getty 15 of 28
16. 2004 Vibe Awards on UPN - ArrivalsSource:Getty 16 of 28
17. "Ray" Los Angeles Premiere - After PartySource:Getty 17 of 28
18. 2004 American Black Film Festival - Film Life Movie Awards - Red CarpetSource:Getty 18 of 28
19. "Deliver Us From Eva" PremiereSource:Getty 19 of 28
20. Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor - ArrivalsSource:Getty 20 of 28
21. "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" World PremiereSource:Getty 21 of 28
22. "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" World PremiereSource:Getty 22 of 28
23. Kenya Moore, Miss Michigan USA, a 22-yeaSource:Getty 23 of 28
24. Starlight Children's Foundation of Southern California's "The Child In All of Us" 10th Annual Humanitarian Award Salute to Arsenio Hall and Fourth Annual Children's Friendship Award Salute to the Cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"Source:Getty 24 of 28
25. Second Annual Jim Thorpe Pro Sports AwardsSource:Getty 25 of 28
26. Second Annual Jim Thorpe Pro Sports AwardsSource:Getty 26 of 28
27. CBS Winter TCA Press TourSource:Getty 27 of 28
28. CBS Winter TCA Press TourSource:Getty 28 of 28
Kenya Moore Reminisces On Working With Whitney Houston On ‘Waiting To Exhale’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com