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Style icon Kimora Lee Simmons says she laid the ‘fashion blueprint’ for artists-turned-designers and she deserves her homage.

“Before us there wasn’t any Beyoncé, there wasn’t Sean John or Justin Timberlake, there wasn’t Jessica Simpson. There wasn’t any of that,” she said in an interview with the Grio. “We really laid the blueprint for that.”

Simmons, who was referring to the launch of Baby Phat and Phat Farm with then-husband Russell Simmons, says she paved the way for urban clothing lines to be successful.

She appeared to be referencing Beyonce’s House of Dereon, P.Diddy’s Sean John, Justin Timberlake’s William Rast and Jessica Simpson’s The Jessica Simpson Collection, which have all gone on to become a multi-million dollar lines.

“One thing I love about myself in this business is that I don’t have to rely on the sales of an album, or my movie being a hit for my clothing to be a hit,” she added.

In 2010, Simmons left Baby Phat to focus on her other three fashion lines, including KLS, Kouture by Kimora and Fabulosity.

These days, she is still very busy in the fashion world. Her latest project is JustFab.com, an online destination for fashion gems. She even has a new docu-series called Kimora: House of Fab, which premiered last night on the Style Network.

What do you think of Kimora’s comments? Did Baby Phat pave the way for other urban brands today?

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