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Angela Simmons: Sexy. Savvy. Successful.

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Do some people judge you through a small prism because of your dad.

Well I think with religion, people are just judgmental off the bat. They feel like if you have a relationship with God and Jesus Christ, then you’re not allowed to have any fun. I think that’s just wrong when people judge others … especially when you’re not supposed to judge anyway. But I deal with it all the time. People will come up to me and say ”Oh you shouldn’t be wearing that skirt,” and I just say ”why not?” I’m not doing it distastefully, and I’m not being disrespectful. I have my relationship with God, so therefore I don’t feel like anyone should judge me. But it’s life, and people are going to judge. And there’s so much controversy surrounding religion, so I just eat it. At this point, it is what it is, but I know who I am … and God knows my heart, so I don’t take it any further.

Part of Angela being Angela, also includes fitness. Talk about your fitness journey. 

I’ve been into health and fitness for a long time now. When I first moved to L.A. seven years ago, I told myself that I was really going to give it a try. And when I met my trainer, Mike T, he really transformed my mind and my body. When I first met him, I said that I was just going to do a trial, but from there, I worked out for seven years straight. I was really dedicated, too; I was in the gym two times a day, I cut out all white carbs. I mean, I was extremely dedicated, and within the last three years, I’ve also become a vegetarian. It was my own decision, but I was also inspired by my uncle [Russell Simmons], who is a vegan.

Were the changes in your diet difficult to adopt?

It wasn’t hard for me, because I was already eating healthy. At the time, I was only eating chicken and turkey, and one day, I got sick eating meat, so I was officially done with it. So I cut it out and moved on, and haven’t turned back since.

Well, since that wasn’t difficult, what is it that you struggle with?

I don’t know. For me, I lean on God for everything. I have an amazing family, and I have God, so those are my backbones. So if I’m having any trouble, that’s where I go, or I simply sit down and write in my diary. But I always end up going back to God and to my family.

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