Angela Simmons: Full Frontal



Several coats of eyeliner and a few waves of her magic mascara wand later and Angel is nearly done with her masterpiece, but before the finishing touches are applied to Angela’s face, she hops out of the chair for more damage control. “I’ll be back in two minutes,” she promises as she rushes downstairs to check out the ‘pink carpet’ and coordinate final presentation particulars. When you’re the boss, sometimes production trumps primping.

The scene below is a cosmic Candyland. Cascades of salt-water taffy overflow from display dishes dotting the wooden bar. Balloons float and bounce above the dance floor like bumper cars. An army of young, eager-to-please interns scurry around juggling trays of fried Twinkies, cake-pops and pastel-colored pastries like Oompa Loompas. (It’s the kind of chocolate factory that would have both Willy Wonka and R Kelly emerald with envy.) Perhaps the confectionary spread is a nod to her now defunct sneaker line…

And the décor isn’t the only impressive thing about the festivities. There’s a hip hop violinist, an art installation, pretty waifs modeling neon glow-in-the-dark body paint and a constellation of stars (Bridget Kelly, Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, Juelz Santana, Ashanti and Zendaya Coleman are among the celebs orbiting the room). Amidst the collision of pop-lockers and paparazzi is an army of Amazons rocking Ron Bass frocks and Keva J swimwear. “I’m inspired by art, music, and fashion,” Angela says matter-of-factly. “They go hand-in-hand.”