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Some people like to dispute Kimora Lee’s claim that she’s a working mother because she’s so darn rich and has her own business. But what would you call her? She obviously works and um, yep, three kids, I’d say she’s a mother. And up until recently, she was a single mom. Don’t hate y’all.

The mogul mom was featured in Working Mother where she talks about growing up and being teased for her ethnic mix and height, and how modeling helped build her confidence.

Kimora, the president of Phat Fashions [Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Baby Phat Girlz], also knows that all moms aren’t paid like she is, so she has some tips for back to school shopping:

Invest in the staples. Buy great jeans along with cardigans, tank tops and t-shirts for boys to layer. For girls, skirts and good pairs of leggings are musts.

Buy quality, not quantity. Shop for value. Make sure clothes are fashionable and sturdy.

Go for dashes of color. Rely on blacks, browns and camels–accented with red and green for boys, blues and purples for girls.

Accept who they are. Kids express their personalities in their clothes. Allow them to be creative in how they dress.

Let them be cool. There are some styles that the kids love which we’ll never “get.” Don’t buy them styles they don’t like, thinking they’ll come around because they won’t.

My favorite of these tips is: accept who they are. At 4, my daughter has a new favorite color every week and she’s no Suri Cruise (who designs her own clothes, according to mom Katie Holmes) makes her preferences very clear when it comes to outfits. As long as she’s comfortable and doesn’t look ridiculous, who cares?

What’s your shopping tip for kids? What are your favorite stores for back-to-school deals?

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