One of our favorite social media fashion ladies, Angela Simmons is the covergirl for the October 2014 issue of Rolling Out magazine and she looks like a modern-day renaissance woman in a gorgeous green dress and a dark beauty look with plum lips perfect for fall.
Inside the magazine the 27-year-old reality TV star, designer and fitness enthusiast is gorgeous in little or nothing but a gold body chain. She talks to the magazine about her hustle and working hard to establish her empire. Read excerpts below:
On launching AngelaIAm TV: “I wear different hats. It gives a platform to these really talented individuals who wouldn’t have the platform that I have on a normal basis. It’s important to support one another. It’s hard to find support when you are new and people aren’t hearing your voice or the craft you are showcasing.”
What family means to her: “Family is really everything. It’s important to be close to your family. Sometimes family may not be your family, family [i.e., relatives by blood]. A lot of time, people choose friends as their family because they’re always around and impact you the most. I feel, once you reach 17 years old and you’re in high school, your friends are who you’re hearing and dressing like. So I do feel like friends play a major role when it comes to [defining] your family.”
On a lesson she learned from Rev Run: “What has definitely stuck with me is do your best and forget the rest. It is such a simple saying but it means so much. When you apply it to anything in your life, it works. When you think it through, you’ve done all you could do, you’re done. Don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re done. It’s not worth beating yourself up over. Life is too short.”
On being an auntie: “Yes. I am an auntie. She is getting so big. She lives on the West Coast. Whenever I get time off, I am like, I am in L.A. She’s my first niece, very near and dear to my heart. I love babies. The fact that my big sister had a baby is like whoa.”
How she maintains her figure: “I try to work out every day. If I don’t get to the gym over a three-day time period, I am pretty cranky. I have to work out a lot. It’s a part of my day, my lifestyle. It goes hand-in-hand with my meetings. I wake up, workout and eat. It’s a part of me. It’s not something I do because I want to be buffed. It’s my lifestyle; it feels good. I feel good. I like to be in shape and wear certain clothes.”
On her clothing collection: “My collection is ready-to-wear, New York City-inspired. I have been a part of fashion week for the past three seasons. For two seasons, I presented up-and-coming designers.”