Kenya Moore is an American model, actress, and TV personality. Moore rose to prominence after winning the Miss USA contest in 1993. In the same year, she finished fifth in the Miss Universe pageant.
Moore is renowned for her role in Bravo’s TV series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” She was a cast member of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2015. Kenya More has been seen in TV series like “The Steve Harvey Show” and appeared in movies like “Waiting To Exhale,” and “Deliver Us From Eva.”
Kenya Moore has a net worth of $800,000. This article uncovers several details about the lifestyle and biography of Kenya Moore.
|Date of Birth||January 24, 1971|
|Place of Birth||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Age||52 Years (2023)|
|Education||Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University|
|Profession||Model, Actress, Film Producer, Author, and TV star|
|Parents||Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant|
|Spouse||Marc Daly (m. 2017 – 2021)|
|Kids||Brooklyn Doris Daly|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
Early Life and Biography
Kenya Moore was born on the 24th of January 1971 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents, Ronald Grant, and Patricia Moore, were young adults (teenagers) when she was born, and were not ready to have her.
It was widely reported that Kenya has never spoken to her parents. Her mother abandoned her just three days after her birth and she was raised by her paternal grandmother, Doris Grant, and her aunt.
Kenya Moore enrolled in Cass Technical High School and graduated in 1989. While schooling, she claimed to have experienced domestic violence from her boyfriend, who was much older than she was.
Moore revealed her then-boyfriend tormented her in all areas, physically and mentally, and once attempted to kill her. Upon graduating from Cass Technical High School, she enrolled in Wayne State University. There, she minored in communication and majored in psychology.
Moore began her modeling career at age 14. She was the cover girl for the January 1992 edition of the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company’s Ebony Man’s (EM) magazine.
She modeled for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. In the early 90s, she began taking interest in beauty pageants. At the age of 22, Kenya Moore won the Miss Michigan USA in 1993 and then competed in Miss USA, which she won.
Kenya Moore became the second African-American woman to win the Miss USA pageant. She represented the United States in the Miss Universe 1993 pageant, where she finished fifth.
Kenya Moore has participated in several television programs and has made guest appearances on shows like Smart Guy, Meet The Browns, Damon, In The House, Sparks, The Parent ‘Hood, Video Soul, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The Steve Harvey Show.
Also, she has played small roles in films such as Cloud 9, Deliver Us from Eva, I Know Who Killed Me, 1995’s Waiting to Exhale, and many others.
In 2016, Moore played Monique in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. She has been found in several music videos for Shai, Tupa, Jermaine Dupri, and Nas in the 90s.
She joined the season five cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” in May 2012 and replaced another cast member Sheree Whitfield. Moore was in the midst of almost every controversy and drama in the show.
Kenya Moore became popular after her spat with Porsha Williams. Cast members are often at the receiving end of her remarks.
Apart from her appearance on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kenya Moore contested in the 2015 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, where she had problems with a notable Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Brandi Glanville.
Kenya Moore has appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dancing with the Stars, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, MTV Cribs, and Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.
While Moore has had a successful career as a model and actor, she has produced and directed several films and movies. She launched her own company Moore Vision Media in 2018. Her company was responsible for producing the thriller titled ‘The Confidant’ in 2010.
She is also credited as the director and producer of the film titled ‘Trapped: Haitian Nights.’ Moore was hired to take over the production of the movie after the project lost its director. Surprisingly, she appeared in the film.
When the film couldn’t get distribution, Moore distributed the movie using her company, which now provides film production and home video distribution services.
Kenya is the author of a book entitled “Game, Get Some!” which she published in 2007. In 2013, she released a DVD workout video, which he called “Kenya Moore Booty Camp”.
This move clashed with the workout video of another cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Phaedra Parks. The gossip was the primary storyline of the fifth season of the show.
Kenya Moore launched her hair care brand, Kenya Moore Haircare in 2014. Her brand aims to ensure rich, strong, thick, and long hair for its users.
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Despite her early success as a model and beauty pageant, Kenya Moore hasn’t been able to balance her financial life with the fame she got.
There are several rumors flying around about Kenya owing loans and credit card dues in large amounts. The issue of her financial situation was even discussed on The Real Housewives of Atlanta Show.
In June 2012, she was evicted from the Roswell, Georgia mansion, which reportedly cost only $4,000 per month. It was revealed that Kenya failed to pay her rent for several months and was evicted. When quizzed on the eviction rumors, Kenya called her ex-landlord Conya Dillon Weems an evil, vindictive, and cold-hearted individual.
It is evident that Kenya didn’t save her early career earnings. However, she can salvage the situation by leveraging on her fame, getting deals from brands, and improving the scope of her own businesses.
In June 2017, Kenya Moore married Marc Daly, a restaurant owner and entrepreneur. The couple broke the news of expecting their first child in April 2018. Kenya gave birth to a daughter named Brooklyn Doris Daly on November 4, 2018.
Moore revealed their daughter is named Brooklyn because the location is symbolic, as it is where she met her husband, Marc. Doris on the other hand is the name of her grandmother who raised her.
There were troubles in the marriage in early 2020 and the couple split. Kenya filed for divorce from Daly and the divorce process was finalized in August 2021.
Kenya Moore opened up about the separation in one of the RHOA episodes, claiming she read “s*xting” messages on Marc’s smartphone from his ex-lover.
In November 2015, Kenya acquired an unfinished home in Atlanta, Georgia for $515,000. The property named “Moore Manor” underwent several renovations, as several construction design works were done to make it a habitable place for her. The project took years to complete and recently, Kenya has declared her plans of moving in.
Kenya Moore’s Net Worth
Kenya Moore is best known for winning the Miss USA contest in 1993. She also ranked sixth in the Miss Universe pageant for the same year. Kenya Moore’s net worth is estimated to be around $800,000 to $1 million.
Aside from her successful career as an actress and model, Kenya Moore has other business ventures fetching her money. In 2014, she established a hair care business aimed to improve clients’ hair condition. She also has a film production and distribution company known as Moore Vision Media.
Kenya Moore earns from her appearances on reality TV shows and business ventures of her own.