Simone Edwards

KIPP SoCal Public Schools – Los Angeles Alumna

Simone Michelle is an actor, singer, social media influencer and motivational speaker and a founding class member of KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles. She’s passionate about body positivity & social justice, and she plans to change the face of the entertainment industry to reflect diversity and inclusivity. She attended the acclaimed LA County High School for the Arts, studying acting and vocal music. Simone moved on to study acting at Howard University for two years. Though she didn’t stay there, she returned home to Los Angeles, where she attended El Camino College, studying sociology, vocal music, and acting. Her stage credits include Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray,’ and “Teacher” in Playwrighting 101: A Rooftop Lesson. Meanwhile, she continued pursuit toward her dream of being a performer and content creator. Simone has always been passionate about creating more positive representation for black women & plus size women in entertainment media. In summer of 2016, she created the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant, a supportive movement to showcase plus size women making bold fashion choices in the name of confidence. She has worked with brands such as JC Penney, Fashion Nova, Dia & Co, and Torrid, and she has been featured in publications like People, Essence, Self, Cosmopolitan, and Refinery29.  In July of 2018, she spoke on the self-love in media panel at BeautyCon LA. Later in the same year, she became a founding member of the sketch team Fatch Comedy, a group of plus size women working to debunk stereotypes and giving a new definition of to the word “fat.” Simone is heavily involved in the community at the comedy school and theatre Upright Citizen’s Brigade, establishing herself in the diversity community and the entertainment industry. She’s currently performing on the improv Mess Hall team Parliament, and co-hosting the Diversity Jam. Simone’s boldness, wittiness, intelligence, and raw talent are unstoppable, and she is taking the world by storm.