Vanessa Jean Simmons is the definition of power across fashion, beauty and entertainment. As daughter of hip-hop pioneer Rev Run of the legendary rap group, RUN DMC, it was only fitting that Simmons step into her own at an early age. Simmons quickly showed the world she was boss material when she was introduced on her family’s hit reality TV show, MTVs Run’s House. From there, Vanessa hit the ground running, creating a fashion empire called Pastry alongside sister Angela. The footwear brand went on to have worldwide success in the fashion industry generating over 75 million dollars in sales. The success led to a spinoff show on MTV for both Vanessa and Angela called Daddy’s Girls.
A well-respected mompreneur, Simmons has excelled balancing life as a mother to her daughter Ava, television host, actress, model and brand ambassador. Vanessa’s unparalleled business savvy, fashion sense, and love for beauty and skincare has only fueled her creative fire and has led to the successful launch of her natural and cruelty-free skincare line, Sugar Me and her successful mommy & me clothing line, Glitter and Lace. Vanessa currently stars in UMC’s hit show Monogamy and BET’s breakout hit series Games People Play.