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Kim Kimble on her TV show, Chicago childhood

Kim Kimble, star of WE-TV’s “L.A. Hair” and stylist to the stars, talks about her Chicago childhood, her TV show and her famous clients and gives some advice to young Chicagoans.

◆ On her show’s cult following: “You’re going to have drama in a hair salon, so I knew it would be interesting. But in this day and age, reality shows are very dramatic and very over the top. I didn’t want to be in that realm, with chairs flying. I wanted us to be funny, with a little drama. I was hoping we’d be successful. I’m happy the show’s doing well, and people are enjoying it.”

◆ On her Chicago childhood: “I grew up at 63rd and Ellis, and attended Dumas Elementary, St. Columbanus, then South Shore High for a year, before we moved to California. I was raised by my grandmother, in the church, because both my parents struggled with drug addiction. My grandmother and father are deceased, my mother, sober for 14 years. A very successful hair stylist, she now works with me.”

◆ On her famous clients: “I met Beyonce on the set of ‘Carmen Jones,’ and she became of my biggest clients. I was just as surprised as everyone else about the pixie cut. I think it was a very strong and empowering decision. It’s change. I’m excited about it. I’m blessed to have the best clients in the world. My favorite, I might have to say Miss Piggy, who I style for the Oscars. She’s such a diva. She has her own hair and makeup team.”

◆ Advice to Chicago youths on finding success: “First off, you don’t chase money. You chase your dream, and money will come. And always put God in it. People need hope. If you don’t have a parent or someone who can guide you, you gotta have something to turn to. That was the truth for me. I’m a single mother of an 11-year-old boy. I tell the youth what I tell my son, ‘You better find God.’ ”

Maudlyne Ihejirika

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