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February 22, 2021

Kimora Lee Simmons Advocates to Stop Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in America — See Her Message

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Fashion designer and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons recently expressed her sentiments about the Asian-American hate in the United States. 

Kimora Lee Simmons, a top entrepreneur, recently expressed her sentiments about the American-Asian community's widespread hate in the United States amid the pandemic. 

Simmons, 45, took to Instagram to share her post showing the effects of the global health crisis wherein her community was among those targeted with anti-Asian hate crimes.

Kimora Lee Simmons attends the New York Fashion Week at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Square on September 14, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

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CALLING OUT THE HATE

The post read that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 1900 percent since the pandemic started, while almost 3,000 hate incidents were reported in over 47 states and the District of Columbia.

At least 7.3 percent showed that hate crime victims are mostly the elderly of the Asian community. The oldest victim was a 91-year-old Chinese man in Oakland. Simmons captioned her post:

"#StopAsianHate."

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Simmons urged fans to end the "model minority myth." The former model, who is of African-American and Japanese descent, reminded them that Asians are a vital part of the country.

The Phat Fashions CEO also encouraged her 2.1 million Instagram followers to support and provide higher platforms for Asian artists, authors, and activists. 

Many fans in the comment section expressed admiration to Lee for defending her community. A user commented, "Thank you for using your platform to get this important message out!"

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FIGHTING AGAINST RACISM

Simmons, who recently rebranded her clothing line and expanded into beauty-inclusive products with daughters Ming and Aoki is among fashion designers and stylists of Asian-American descent who are pushing back the hate.

The Oakland Police reportedly identified the man as Yahya Muslim.

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BEHIND THE ADVOCACY

The former model's message came after a young man was reportedly caught on camera shoving a 91-year-old Asian man off the sidewalk in Oakland's Chinatown.

The video went viral and reached Asian-American celebrities in Hollywood. Korean actor Daniel Dae Kim and producer Daniel Wu offered a $25,000 reward for those who could track down the man. 

The Oakland Police reportedly identified the man as Yahya Muslim. The 28-year-old man was also previously arrested on an unrelated case in the past.

Aside from taking a stand against racism, Simmons, a doting mother of five, earlier donated 400,000 meals for the people affected by the pandemic. 

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