Vanessa Simmons Announces Partnership with The Diamond Empowerment Fund during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Top Quote With the never-ending support of her family Vanessa Simmons is preparing to launch her new line and in true Simmons fashion Vanessa and Russell Simmons together are making a difference! End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 13, 2012 - New York, NY/Los Angeles, CA/Miami, FL - Vanessa Simmons, Co- Founder of the $70 million dollar fashion enterprise "Pastry" & fearless business mogul, daughter of Rev Run and niece of Russell Simmons - Vanessa Simmons is turning the definitive chapter to create her own intimate apparel & swimwear line Rose by Vanessa Jean. Her new line empowering women of all shapes and sizes, will debut its swimwear collection July 22, 2012 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Penthouse of the Raleigh Hotel from 11PM - 12:30 AM. To help celebrate the show's theme "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" Vanessa has partnered with the Diamond Empowerment Fund, a non-profit founded by Russell Simmons to support education initiatives and empower youths in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource.

    The invite only event will be attended by influential media, celebrities, tastemakers, and fashion heavyweights from all over the world. The Rose by Vanessa Jean launch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will debut its first swimwear collection in a glamorous presentation, featuring a wide range of beautifully designed pieces offering trendsetting style and glamour adorned with diamond and lace embellishments.

    The fashion show which has been titled, "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" holds great significance as to why Vanessa has chosen to partner with DEF as she launch's launches Rose by Vanessa Jean.

    "I am an avid supporter of the Diamond Empowerment Fund's mission to empower youth from African nations where diamonds are a natural resource. The Rose by Vanessa Jean mission is to empower and celebrate all women and this partnership with the Diamond Empowerment Fund will create a platform for that message to be heard globally - I am thankful for the opportunity to take women on the Rose by Vanessa Jean journey with me and even more important, to provide them with an opportunity to make a difference in the world," states Vanessa Simmons, CEO of Rose by Vanessa Jean.

    "Vanessa exemplifies the giving spirit of a philanthropist with the savvy of a great entrepreneur - at D.E.F. we champion the potential of youth in Africa, so too does Vanessa champion the beauty of women everywhere" says Russell Simmons.

    Raising awareness is an imperative part of this partnership and to raise funds that benefit the Diamond Empowerment Fund, the two will host an online raffle with winners having the opportunity to win jewelry from Glam Rock Watches, a lunch with Vanessa Simmons, a meet and greet with Russell Simmons at the second annual Diamond Empowerment Fund GOOD Awards, and more! To find out more information on the online raffle and how to participate, visit To find out more ways that you can help make a difference now, visit

    About Diamond Empowerment Fund
    Founded in 2007 by Russell Simmons and leaders in the Diamond and Jewelry industry, The Diamond Empowerment Fundô (D.E.F.) is a non-profit international organization with the mission to support education initiatives in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource with the belief that sustainable development through education is essential to empower both individuals and society to reach their fullest potential. DEF's envisions a future for these countries to be strong, stable, economically prosperous and socially empowered. For more information please visit, Facebook via Twitter via ( @ ) DEF_Africa and Youtube via youtube dot com/user/diamondempowerment

    About Rose by Vanessa Jean
    Rose by Vanessa Jean, is a premiere women's fashion brand that includes swimwear and intimate apparel. The brand offers high quality materials and fabrics that exude colorful designs, trendsetting style and glamour appeal. Rose by Vanessa Jean, was founded by Vanessa Simmons, actress, star of two MTV TV hit shows: "Run's House" and "Daddy's Girls," co-founder of shoe brand Pastry and daughter of Run-D.M.C., and hip hop music pioneer Joseph Simmons also known as Rev Run. The brand has captured the attention of the fashion industry, media and a celebrity clientele. For more information on Rose by Vanessa Jean, visit, Facebook via and Twitter via

    For All media inquiries on Rose by Vanessa Jean, please contact Victoria S. Odu at Victoria ( @ ) RosebyVanessaJean dot com dot

    For all media inquiries on Diamond Empowerment Fund, please contact Nancy Orem Lyman at n.lyman ( @ ) diamondempowerment dot org.

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