Vanessa Simmons is an American actor and TV personality who is the daughter of famous musician and DJ Joseph Simmons. She rose to fame through the MTV reality show Run’s House that portrays the family life of Joseph Simmons. Vanessa has also appeared in television series such as Cupcake Wars, The Wendy Williams Show, and Project Runway: Threads. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Vanessa Simmons in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Vanessa Jean Simmons was born on August 5, 1983, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of legendary American rapper Joseph Simmons and Valerie Vaughn. Vanessa has six siblings namely Angela Simmons, Joseph Simmons Jr, Daniel Simmons III, Russell Simmons II, Victoria Anne Simmons, and Miley Justine Simmons who have all appeared with her on the show Run’s House. She is also the niece of Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons and abstract expressionist painter Danny Simmons. Vanessa attended the St. John’s University.
Vanessa Simmons is in a relationship with Michael Wayans for a long time. The couple first met in New York and slowly started to fall for each other. They had an on and off relationship for several years, and in February 2014 the couple welcomed their daughter Ava Marie Wayans. Vanessa and Michael are expected to get married soon.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Vanessa Simmons initially appeared on the show Run’s House which chronicled on the life of her dad and rapper Joseph Simmons. She featured in most episodes of the show from 2005 to 2009 and one of the main cast members. Vanessa garnered enough popularity on the show which led her to appear in the TV series Guiding Light in 2007.
In 2009, Vanessa appeared on seven episodes of the TV series Daddy’s Girls and the same year she registered her presence in The Wendy Williams Show. Vanessa debuted with the 2010 film Speed-Dating and also appeared on the television shows The Mo’Nique Show and Running Russell Simmons.
Her second notable film appearance came in 2012 in the film Dysfunctional Friends and 2014, she starred in the web series Mixed. Vanessa hosted Part 2 of the Finale episode of Project Runway in 2014 and also appeared in some of the episodes of Steve Harvey. She acted in 8 episodes of Project Runway: Threads and was among the main cast of Growing Up Hip Hop from 2016-2018.
Net Worth & Earnings
Apart from being a television personality, she along with her sister Angela is a designer of the Pastry shoe brand. Through her appearances in many television series and the Pastry sneaker line, she has amassed quite a huge wealth in addition to the wealth she already enjoys as a daughter of Joseph Simmons. Her net worth is $10 million.
Though Vanessa is a star child, she has managed to earn a name for herself, and we hope that she will reach even more heights over the coming years.