On a recent afternoon, Kimora Lee Simmons was wrapping up the taping of her VH1 reality series, “The Kimora Lee Simmons Show.”

She was fielding calls from Sephora – she’s working closely with the company on a line of high-gloss makeup set to debut this month.

Last month, she was guest judge for a few episodes of the third season of UPN’s “America’s Top Model.” And to top it off, she’s working on a new label, KLS, a higher-end version of her Baby Phat line.

Pretty fabulous, huh? And she knows it.

In fact, Simmons wrote the book on it, Fabulosity: What it is & How to Get it.

Since marrying the original hip-hop entrepreneur, Russell Simmons, eight years ago, Kimora Lee has taken Baby Phat from a simple group of T-shirts and sweats to a glammed-out, albeit slinky, collection of minis, corset tops, and knee-high boots in lavish furs and leathers. She’s also the brains behind a women’s jewelry line.

Her public persona identifies her with all that is greed and “extra.” Simmons is constantly criticized for her perceived materialism, from her obsession with Louis Vuitton bags to her use of daughters Aoki Lee and Ming Lee in fashion ads.

Her detractors say she even managed to make a farce out of Kabbalah when she was popped for driving while intoxicated and wore the signature red string bracelet in her police mug shot.

Does she have no respect?

Of course she does, Simmons says. Not to mention that it’s all of her – the good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly – that makes this 6-foot former Chanel model truly fabulous.

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