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One of the most talked about stars from the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, Kenya Moore covered Heart & Soul Magazine and opened up about her image, being a darker skinned recipient of the Miss America title and more. And in typical Kenya Moore fashion, she led with her sharp-as-a-tack attitude, “You can call me whatever you want, but I know that I’m fabulous!” Kenya said to Heart & Soul’s editor Anita Kopacz.

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In fact, Kopacz was surprised by Kenya and said, “Our cover model, the beautiful…and sometimes controversial, Kenya Moore, is clad in red to honor American Heart Health Month. She shares with us the softer side of Kenya; the woman who gives back to her community and encourages young women to follow their dreams.”

Check out the quotes from the interview:

On Being Miss USA:

“One of the best things about being Miss USA is that I changed the stereotype, especially for darker-skinned black women in the early ‘90s. It was a win for black women, and for black people.” She frankly acknowledges that the image of Black beauty hasn’t always been (and still isn’t always) positive, for women of all shades. She is proud to have played a role in challenging the status quo.”

On Giving Back:

 “I was such a troubled girl throughout high school. I always wanted to give back to young black girls, so I have the Kenya Moore Foundation, which awards scholarships to my alma mater.”

On Her Self-Esteem:

“I know that I have it, but I didn’t know where I got it from. [Now] I know I got it from my grandmother loving me, and from my father loving me. But the one thing I can also always point to is that I have accomplished things in my life that no one can take away from me. Winning Miss USA, being a trained dancer. I have talent. I have an education.”


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