9. Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora endured constant bullying because of her height and mixed ancestry; but by 13, she landed an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel – a high honor for any model, but particularly for a model of color.
Kimora went on to marry hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, with BFF Tyra Banks at her side as a bridesmaid. Although the marriage later dissolved, Kimora became the brainchild behind the Baby Phat brand. Today, Kimora remains in the public eye with her many fashion-related business ventures including a Kimora Lee Simmons Barbie, her own KLS clothing line and reality series, "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane."