This weekend, Galore presented its first-ever one-day Girl Cult Festival in Los Angeles, dubbed the intersection between “Ted Talks and Coachella — with an extra dose of girl power.”
The iconic model, mogul and mom Kimora Lee Simmons was slated to speak about female empowerment with her eldest daughter, Ming Lee, and at the last minute Aoki Lee decided to join them onstage.
Kimora opened by telling the crowd, “I used to think [female empowerment] was about just making your own money, but it goes beyond that. It’s about what you want to invest your time and passion and energy into.”
“We want you all to feel empowered, independent, strong and to have the courage to go after your dreams and pursue your goals and do what people say you can’t do.”
Beyond discussing the rise of her legendary line Baby Phat, Kimora Lee also dished on the importance of following your dreams, pushing through obstacles, and knowing social media etiquette—a topic both of her daughters are well versed in.
In response to an attendee asking what girls can do to be part of the movement to empower one another on social media, Ming suggests that you should “always want to spread love. If you see people bringing other people down, that’s never what you want to do.”
Playing off their family dynamic, Kimora quickly chimed in, “If they do [bring you down], you don’t have to respond [either]. You don’t have to be the queen of clapback.” Amen to that!
However, the family acknowledges there are some definite pros to “sliding into someone’s DMs”—Aoki recently landed a contract as the new teen ambassador for Camille Rose.
The shy youngest Simmons was pretty quiet, but Aoki did have a few gems to drop on the topic of impostor syndrome.
“When women are elected to high office or heads of clubs and groups, they feel they’re an impostor or that they don’t belong there,” she explains. “We need to show girls that they can be class president and head of the debate team. We need to remind ourselves we are deserving of what we have achieved.”
Afterward, Girl Cult heard keynote speaker Tyra Banks drop some gems about her booty (yes, you read that correctly!). The audience also rocked out to sets by Willow Smith, Beyoncé-discovered duo Chloe x Halle, Serayah, Sevyn Streeter, and others.
(Photo: Kimora Lee Simmons via Instagram)
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