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baby coutureport D&G’s uniform style, Celeb must-haves, Cutie Patootie, etc., will whet your appetite for the Ultimate Fashion Issue

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amy coe The talented designer shows off her latest exclusive collection for colossal retailer, Babies”R”Us



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commuter’s dream Comfort and trends must not be sacrificed when using any means of transportation



recycle, please Reusable styles meets renewable materials in these phenomenal fashion spreads


comic book fashion legends Who knew cartoon characters could be tres chic?



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baby couture moment Actress Jennifer Garner with her daughter, Violet, all cozied up in NYC

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Kim is with her children, it became the obvious choice for her cover. Both stars deserved their own solo covers with their girls, and we had to show just how awesome the photo shoot was, with photographer extraordinaire, Meeno Peluce, and hair and make-up wiz, Ray Parker. I was also happy to learn about the detail put in the design of children’s rooms, as I gathered from our interviews with fabulous designers, Amy Coe (who, as it turns out, shares my passion for anything coconut), and Shalena Smith of Gaga Designs. The other revelation is how my models (one of them my daughter, Sabina) loved the plastic leotard I prepared for the “Recycle, Please” story. I only completed one piece, but the two other girls begged for one themselves (and one went home wearing it inside her clothes), so I got out the shears and instantaneously made two Ralph’s grocery bags into the piece de resistance of the day (see page 64). The paper accessories and boxes were a hit too, but nothing screamed “gotta have that” to these little women as much as the plastic bags, ha ha!

Dressing the twins with Diddy; Making a note to self about losing a few dress sizes, while smiling with the Porter-Combs family

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here are many pleasant surprises that this issue held for me. The first was getting the handsome, confident, and haute dad (powerful tycoon and music icon is an obvious descript, so I’ll go with my personal observations) to join in his lovely girls’ photo shoot for Baby Couture. Sean Combs was very professional to work with—and dare I say about a rapper—gentlemanly and sweet (you won’t see him pushing his weight around, and he told me that he wanted to hang with his daughters before we started shooting). Kim Porter is as stunning, nice, and fashionable as I remember her from the time we met at an event early this year—where we briefly discussed this cover shoot—and the twins grew so much from the first time I saw them. They are both even more scrumptious and squeezable. I was truly content to witness the ex-couple coexisting, making sure their family is as happy as they can make it. I am also especially pleased with how we were able to capture both Kim and Diddy in their organic ways as parents. I told Kim that we’d love to shoot in her closet, and she suggested that she could maybe wear a towel in one of them, like she was getting ready to go out with her “ladies.” Because I adored the turnout of the photo, which depicted how effortless, natural, and warm


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Now these are the moments that make me love being a mom. Being able to witness the innocence and free-spirit that kids have, makes me pray that I live long, because I want to be a bystander to more instances like these. You can turn the page now if you are not into cheesy phrases like that, but if you’re like me and you think the world of your children, thanks for nodding to yourself and not ripping out this page to light your barbecue grills. I hope my girls stumble upon this letter when I’m in my prime 123 years of age (my husband and I hope to one-up the late Jean Calment as the new title holders for the oldest people in the world), and talking (albeit some speech slurring and poor vision) to both of them about the ultimate fashion issue of 2008, which I now meekly present to you as another toil of love that our team has put together. Working on this issue has been exhilarating and tiring, but seeing the printed product always makes me a proud momma. Please let me wish my daughter Sabina a blessed 5th birthday on the 28th of October. Binaboo, it’s been the best years of my life with you and Maxine in it, and your dad and I wish we’re doing a great job of raising you both. Yes, we will get that strawberry shortcake as promised. My grandmother who helped raise me also turns a year older this October. She is slowly recovering from a stroke. Lola, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you every single day. It’s gotten cold out, so snuggle up with your loved ones, enjoy the magazine, and prepare for the wonderful holiday season (and outcome of an eristic presidential election) that lies around the corner. I can hardly contain myself.

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Unite: D&G Junior and AC Milan Two Italian top-flights are playing for the same team. AC Milan and D&G Junior are dressing up more than 20,000 aspiring Maldinis or Ronaldhinos around the world in AC Milanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official jerseys with the D&G Junior logo starting this season. Football schools and AC Milan Junior Camps in 40 countries will see strikers, mid-fielders, and goalies kicking, hitting goals (and even getting right down on the dirt) in style.


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In Company with the Best


he luxury children’s apparel brand, Best & Co., first opened its doors in 5th Ave., New York in 1879 (by its founder, Alfred Best), and was then the shopping destination for the crème de la crème of East Coast families. The brand was revived by Susie Hilfiger (ex-wife of designer, Tommy Hilfiger) in 1997. After purchasing a small store in Greenwich, CT, she renamed the store after Best & Co., because it reminded her of her outfits as a child. The store is now owned by retail toy giant FAO Schwartz, and continues to delight its loyal customers, including Donald and Melania Trump’s son, Baron, Will and Jada Smith’s son, Jaden, designers Kate Spade and Rachel Roy and their daughters, among many others. To this day, the sophisticated line has retained its signature timeless styles and lush fabrics (

With a name that says it’s sweet (but with an edge), Cutie and patootie is described as, “trendy, funky, and posh.” Making their mark in children’s wear by offering cool and contemporary graphics and embellishments, the hip label also offers an assortment of products (cool booties and carrier covers from Baby Bella Maya, skull-themed bibs and burp cloths from Patricia Ann Designs, Dittany Baby slings, car seat covers from Itzy Ditzy), this brand, and online store, ensures that you will indulge your child’s savvy and individual style (

Ceremonial Right like baby’s going-home outfit from the hospital, perhaps a Christian parent and child’s first foray into children’s fashion is the christening dress. renowned brand Cherish the MoMent is exemplar of the Brooklyn line’s quality, novelty looks, and affordable price point. This is the brand that actors, sean Patrick and aonika Thomas’ baby girl, lola, wore in her recent baptism. another of our favorite lines is, one sMall Child, which also carries communion dresses, offers personalization, and are just downright gorgeous gowns for the most memorable times in your child’s life (Cherish The Moment, Babies“r”us stores or babiesrus. com; lilian christening gown (shown here) by one small Child,


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Rowdy Little Rockers rowdy sprout rocker apparel indulge the frustrated rock star in you. If it didn’t happen in your time, maybe your tiny artist can play the part with flair. With numerous designs and graphics sporting legendary bands, like Blondie and ACDC, these clothes promise cool panache, on top of quality workmanship. Made from finely woven 100% cotton, they can be washed 100 times over with hardly any fading or tear, so you can be certain that your little ones’ clothes will survive numerous full-forced jam sessions (

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From nursery interior design, to an “exclusive baby registry concierge service,” shalena smith will make room for the new baby in style Photos by Meeno Peluce Make up by Samuel Paul, Hair by Melanie C of Karlee Artist Management


How did you come to be a celebrity family interior designer? When I was 19, I worked for a high-end baby store on Beverly Drive, and I absolutely fell in love with assisting families prepare for the birth of their baby. For most people, it takes having a baby to relate to the needs of pregnant women, but even before I had mine, I knew what it took to satisfy a mom and dad to be, and I’ve always thrived on that. It may be that I connect with them creatively, or just the fact that I’m truly happy and excited for every single one of my clients, because we have an opportunity to see a miracle take place, and to create an amazing environment to bring the baby home to. With the store being located in Beverly Hills, we always had celebrity clientele. I was known for being the store manager that could never identify a celebrity—I don’t ever know who anyone is to this day. So the salespeople in the store would always push me to help the celebrities because I could always remain professional and calm, since I never knew who anyone was. After years of working in that store, I eventually opened my own franchise in Palo Alto—and after having the experience of tearing down walls and making what looked like a dark warehouse turn into a whimsical, beautiful retail space, I knew I had what it takes to become an interior designer. I took those skills and the concept of running a specialty store into creating an interior design company that specializes in baby and children’s rooms. I remember hearing the doubts from friends and naysayers: “Who will spend the money to have their babies room designed?” and, “No one will afford that!” The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “Celebrities!” And then after I processed it, I knew my clientele would be people that can afford to have a room designed, but that don’t have enough time or vision to accomplish it


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on their own. To this day, I continue to get celebrity clients through word-ofmouth referral, and I believe it’s because I’m very discreet and quick. Why did you choose the name, “Gaga Designs?” Babies say “ga-ga,” and mommies go ga-ga when it comes to getting what their children need. In general, we all go gaga at some point! Your clients include Heidi Klum, Dylan McDermott, Sean Combs, Kim Porter, Pete and Bridgette Sampras, among others. With such A-List clientele, does it get demanding? It gets demanding, but it is sooo much fun. I absolutely love what I do. These clients come to me because I provide a full service without them ever having to step one foot into the store. I have my design service, custom furniture and bedding lines, experienced muralist, and our exclusive baby registry concierge service where we take care of all your nursery furniture and décor needs. It’s already so overwhelming to have a baby. I know it’s amazing, and that it’s one of the happiest times in most people’s lives, but it’s also a huge transition for a family. What expectant parent wants to spend hours or days figuring out what to put on a registry, research consumer reports to find out what’s safe or not, if they don’t have to because they know of someone who can handle it all for them? I either register them on my own, or I take them to a local store and register them as well, and give them product demonstrations—all within 2 hours. I’ve had clients in the past that call me after they’ve pulled their hair out over a two day period, trying to figure out what to put on their registry.

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Everyone knows me as the celebrity designer, but for the most part I’m very practical. All my clients are demanding, but they should be! They want and deserve my undivided attention, so I never take on more than I can handle. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 10 years now, and we have two little girls, aged 5 and 7—so when I have tight deadlines, or if I have to travel to the east coast, it’s tough being away from my family. Although I work hard and long hours at times, I always have a great time with the expecting couple. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a special time in their lives. All my clients become very special people in my life. I develop close relationships because I’m there during one of the biggest transitions in their lives. It’s always so much fun to go to the babies’ first birthday party, or start designing their “big boy or girl” room a few years later. Most of my clients have me finish where I left off, and design the perfect space for their toddler. That is such a fun experience, because I’m no longer just dealing with the opinion of mom and dad, but now the opinion of a 3-year old. I sit down and have my own private meeting with my new client, who is a very inquisitive tot. Where do you get your ideas from? My nursery ideas come from the parents-to-be. I interview them and pull out great ideas, and we come up with a unique and custom nursery every time. How long does it take to design a nursery? It really depends on how custom the nursery is, and how far away my client is. But if we have a room with custom furniture and bedding, window treatment, custom paint or mural design, without any major construction, it takes 12-14 weeks. However, speaking of celebrity and demanding, I’ve had to accomplish all those tasks in less than 4 weeks, and make it happen 3000 miles away. It’s never an option to say no to my clients, and what’s nice is that they know that I will get the job done, despite the time frame or challenge—and that’s why they continue to come to me. When should an expectant couple begin to decorate the baby’s room? My pregnant moms call me after their first trimester, so we have enough time to enjoy the process and not have everything so rushed. But everyone is different. I also have clients that, because of their religious belief, we keep everything a secret, and then I put the entire room together when they’re in the hospital—or others call once the baby is born, and then we start decorating. Does one need to budget in the tens of thousands to have a room designed by you? I can work on any budget. Some clients hire me on a hourly rate to consult them on their design project or retain me for 3 months to oversee everything that has to do with preparing for their baby—including their baby shower, pregnancy photos, layette, etc. I’ve helped people with a budget of $4000, and people with an unlimited budget. visit and

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ast August 4, Diesel Kids threw a fabulous summer fete in New York, together with Baby Couture— introducing friends and retailers to the remarkable new Spring/Summer ‘09 collection of the hugely successful children’s line. Worn by many celebrity kids (including the Jolie-Pitts, Suri Cruise, Jaden Smith, Rowan Henchy, Liv Helen Freundlich, Cayden Costner, etc.), Diesel Kids has become a wardrobe staple among families in the know, with products that won’t sacrifice style nor comfort for the most discerning customers—aged 0 and into their teens.












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We know you’re a huge name in the children’s industry, but we’d love to know the lowdown behind the artist. I’m passionate about my work as a designer, but living a full and balanced life is a priority. Family is at the heart of everything I do—my husband and daughter are my confidantes, inspiration, and support. It was the birth of my daughter that actually motivated me to create my first baby collection as a hobby sixteen years ago, and she still is my muse. When it comes to my favorites, I have many—anything coconut, a fantastic rain storm, Bermuda beaches, sleeping babies, unfussy fashion and fresh clean sheets, but not in that order! I strongly dislike a braggart, clutter, tight clothes, and most of all, bad manners. One thing that may surprise people is how much I adore watching NBA basketball!

designer in the kids’ field? When I became a mom 16 years ago, the industry lacked baby linens that were sophisticated in design. I fell in love with vintage, one-of-a-kind textiles, and began creating designs for the nursery that offered a fresh approach to nostalgia—with a new concentration on modern—all with a mix and match sensibility. I was fortunate enough to turn my hobby and passion into a successful business that has been embraced by parents all over the country, many of which have become VERY loyal customers. A year ago, I was offered an exciting opportunity to design an exclusive collection for Babies“R”Us. My line offers modern parents a complete assortment of colorful baby linens, bold room décor, fashionable clothing, cool diaper bags, and sleek nursery furniture —all designed with the best quality and affordable prices.

I didn’t expect to hear that! So how and why did you come to be a

Your price point is very good. How are you able to balance that,

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and not sacrifice the high quality of your apparel and products? Quality is so important to my brand. When creating my collection for Babies“R”Us, my goal was to offer great design and high quality at affordable prices. I am working with manufacturers who are experts in their field to source the best fabrics, and produce superior products. Who do you look up to professionally? I admire any working mother who can juggle her career and family—and succeed in both. It’s hard work, and the balance is a huge accomplishment. Would you say your designs are more traditional or modern, or in between? My designs have evolved over the years. They are now bright, bold, fresh, and modern.

When should a pregnant mom begin to buy stuff for the baby? Shopping for baby is such a personal decision. While babies are joyous and should be celebrated, it should begin when new and expectant parents feel comfortable. Over the past few years, a lot of designers have emerged. How do you stay competitive? I have always believed in the motto, “Do what you do best.” I trust my instincts and design with confidence.

Where do you get your creative juices from? My inspiration includes modern art, ‘60s fashion, and nature. My ideas are endless—whether I’m traveling, reading, or enjoying time at home.

How is your alliance with Babies“R”Us like? We heard that this is their largest product launch by an exclusive designer. As a designer, [they] gave me the chance to apply my fresh and modern design sensibility to create my favorites for fashionable moms and babies—including layette, plush, and diaper bags, as well as the opportunity to embrace the natural progression of my brand into exciting new categories, including furniture. I couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership, and I hope moms, grandparents, and gift-givers will adore the collection as much as I loved designing it.

How long does it take to design a collection? I am lucky [because] I love my work! I often revisit my archives, and take clues from fashion, textiles, and the furniture industry. Due to the breath of

Best design tip for parents? My best design advice? Color! It can easily transform your nursery. Color is a fun way to add dimension to any room, large or small.

Style or function? Both. I trust my signature style, and love to add functionality—it’s always a welcome surprise.


my collection at Babies“R”Us, I spent a year creating my designs, and I am confident it will appeal to modern families.

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celeb must-haves what tinseltown’s tiny tots are toting and teetering on these days (whew)

valentina Paloma, who’s looking more like mom, salma Hayek, as she turns one, loves her bevy of No Slippy Hair Clippy hair accessories,

Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly loved to don Robeez shoes for daughter, apple, when she was still a baby,

Marcia Cross transports her twin daughters, Eden and savannah, 18 months, in Baby Bella Maya’s Tangerine Dream (shown here) and ocean Mist carrier covers, $46,

Jessica alba’s 3-month old, Honor Marie, looks comfy in her Trumpette Pixies, $25 for six pairs of socks,

Denise richards and Joely Fisher both got Incog-neato leak-proof bed protectors for their kids,

republican vice-Presidential hopeful, sarah Palin, was seen carrying her little five-month old, Trig Paxton, in Hotslings’ reversible ingrid, $60 (shown here is the Tattoo sling, $30, from the Designer collection),

Knox and vivienne Jolie-Pitt are just two of the a-list babies to get their embroidered Plain Mary Playmats (they can roll around on it with Jennifer lopez’s twins, who also own one each). This is the comfy, micro-suede Kensington Baby Playmat, $190,


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editors’ picks



Baby Planet Unity Sport Twin in Terracotta This double stroller promises a smooth and safe trip for two kids seated beside each other—chalk it up to the 5-point harness system, frontwheel swivel locks, with peek-a-boo windows on the canopies, from age 1 month to 55 lbs.—plus features like the “Easy Steer” handle, which feels like the handling of a car’s steering wheel. The “Room to Walk” rear center wheel offers one of the largest strides among twin strollers. Normally, a side-seater will feel like maneuvering a tanker, but this transports like 2 umbrella strollers attached to one another, so it is light to carry, and easy to fold and stow. The two adult cup holders are also an answered prayer ($319.99, or

Sidekick The keMby Sidekick is both utilitarian and dapper, and boasts that it is the only dual-function baby bag AND carrier–which guarantees a stress-free outing with your bundle of joy. Including a changing pad, wipes case, insulated bottle, snack pouch, and cell phone pocket, its manageable size and easily wipe-able fabric makes us crave it so ($172,

Mucho Gusto Using the Spanish word for “little kisses,” besitos is a colorful collection of appliques of girls and boys on garbs, blankets, and bags, reflecting the uniqueness of every child. Each character even has their own special name—handmade by creator, Wendy Reategui—the line’s Mommy-GoBag is made of lightweight cotton, with 6 extra compartments on the strap, making it one of the most functional totes on the market ($89.99,

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Goose Creek Ride-on rockers have remained a staple toy for good reason— they are classic, and fit any type of room decor, and ignite smiles from both children and grown-ups alike. Goose Creek enterprises ups the ante with different animal versions of the ride-ons, especially with its heirloom quality and fine craftsmanship to boot (see the leather seats and pockets, and there is a plaque affixed between the front legs that may be engraved on). Founded and handmade by designer, Fred Stave, and his wife, Sondra, and co-designed by Pat Holcomb, the company has been producing exceptional rockers that can be passed on from generation to generation (Petee rocker, from $ 999 to $1499 for various designs,

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BECO BABY CARRIER Designed by active sailor and rock climber (and most importantly, babywearing parent/aficionado), Gabby Caperon, Beco baby carriers offers the perfect balance of ergonomics, comfort, and style. with top quality styles (butterfly, obi, Beco mini (an ultra-cute toy doll carrier) and other accessories), there is literally a Beco for your moods. The Beco Butterfly ii also has new features, such as a removable infant insert and flexible hood design. our personal fave prints are: aubrey, ava, Cameron, Emma, Ethan, Hannah (shown here, release date November ‘08), isabella, Jack, Joshua, Morgan, Natalie, olivia, Pony Express and more ( or 1.888.9.GET.BECo).

TRIMfOOT CO. with well-known and trusted brands like Baby Deer, wee Kids, Designer’s Touch and Dance Class, Trimfoot Co. of Missouri, usa has built a firm reputation in infant and children’s quality footwear for over 90 years. whether for booties, crawling, crib, sandals, sneakers, strollers, or walking shoes—Trimfoot Co. vouches for your child’s stylish comfort (Baby Deer walking boot 2-6515 in pebble tan suede, with natural sherpa lining and floral embroidery, $28, ThE LIL TREE For top-quality children’s furniture, Eddie Martinez’s extraordinary furniture, “lil Tree” is made from recycled wood with washable velvet fabrics that are personalize-able (names can be embroidered on fabric). They are strong pieces that will last through time. also available in leather (lil Tree two-piece, price upon request, call 520.744.0550 or

LOU LOU’S CORNER This specialty boutique in 202 union square, Hickory, NC always makes you feel warm and welcome, from its vibrant red and yellow shades, to the warm patterns used to decorate the interactive shop. The whole family (including the dog) can shop for clothing, toys, and accessories from brands such as zutano, room seven, Barkology, Emily Green, small Paul and more—with free shipping for online orders over $99 (appaman “one” lavender long-sleeved tee, LET’S GO STROLLING it’s all about customer service—offering the best buggies, diaper bags, carriers, gift ideas, etc., along with helpful advice (strolling Consultation) to find the perfect stroller for your child. From singles and doubles, to all-terrain, and jogging strollers—they carry reliable and fashionable names, like valco (left), orbit Baby, Baby Jogger, Phil & Ted’s, Bebe au lait, lascal, little Giraffe, skip Hop, Maxi Cosi, among others ( LOvEE COvEE Peek-a-Boo Baby inc. introduces their eco-friendly lovee Covee nursing covers and plush baby blankets made with soft bamboo fabric, from founder and president (more importantly, mom of two), Edie Coupe. as a tutor for young children, Edie knows the importance of products that nurture little ones, while keeping them in fashion (little lovee Blankee, $30 each,

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Vincent – Fashionable Footwear for Cool Kids 1-877-816-2368


Vincent is available at quality children’s boutiques and shoe stores nationwide. Retailer inquiries welcomed.

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Sweet Alabama Former Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, 33, has been heard saying that his kids (with ex-wife, modelactress Shanna Moakler, 33) inherited their love for Rock ‘N Roll. Here with




turning 3, (they also have a son, Landon Asher, 5) the musician and his tiny muse are seen at the Malibu Country Mart after grabbing breakfast on Labor Day. They also hit the children’s shop, 98% Angel, in the same area, to pick up more goodies for the kiddos.

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Tori’s Telling Now a number 1 New York Times’ bestselling author for, “sTORI Telling,” mom for the second-time, Tori Spelling, 35, will soon be releasing her second book, “Mommywood”—an unfolding chapter of her life as mother to son, Liam Aaron, 18 months, and daughter Stella Doreen, 4 months, with husband, Dean McDermott, 42. You can also catch them on their addictive TV reality show, which is a guilty pleasure for most moms here, and all over the world. GET LIAM’S LOOk: Koi T-shirt by Cutie And Patootie (; li’l Keaton jeans by Earnest Sewn (; Toddlers check slip-ons by Pumpkin Patch (

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Bailey Angel Our favorite Chachi is a father for the first time in his life. Scott and Renee Baio are shown here with their daughter, Bailey, at the pre-Oscar Silver Spoon gifting lounge held at The Kress in Los Angeles. The couple have recently formed the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation because Bailey tested affirmative in her newborn screening test for a potentially fatal disorder called, “Glutaric Acidemia Type 1 (GA-1),” which was fortunately, a false positive result. The foundation hopes to increase awareness for the need of extended newborn screening tests in every state in the U.S.

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e know you are a model from Georgia, and the mother of three of Sean Combs’ children, but there’s always more than meets the eye...

Yes there is...I am a mother of four! My oldest son is 17, and an amazing young man. He has been my grounding soul and support. Beyond motherhood, I moved to L.A. to continue pursuing my career. I’m presently working on a reality show with Lifetime Television Network on single motherhood, which has also inspired me to begin working on a series of wonderful books.

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