Kidada Jones is the elder daughter of composer/arranger Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. She was raised in Bel-Air, California, with her younger sister, actress Rashida Jones. When her parents divorced during her adolescence, Kidada went to live with her father.
A troubled teen, Kidada attended nine different schools before discovering her talent for fashion. She began working as a celebrity stylist for one of her father’s publications, Vibe Magazine. Her ability to seamlessly fuse hip hop styles and haute couture quickly gained her respect throughout the fashion industry. Kidada gained attention when she styled Michael Jackson for the cover of VIBE in 1995 which led her to be subsequently recruited by designer Tommy Hilfiger who made Kidada his muse. Her sense of style informed his designs and Hilfiger launched a successful ad campaign centered around Kidada, her friends (including Aaliyah, Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson) and their lifestyles as celebrity kids.
Kidada enjoyed a successful career as a model and appeared in a number of fashion magazines including Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She has often been referred to by the fashion press as an ‘It Girl’ or ‘style icon’. She has also worked as an actress. Kidada is currently working as a fashion designer for Disney.
Kidada was engaged to rapper/actor Tupac Shakur when he was murdered in 1996. She had a tattoo of Shakur’s face on her arm but has now covered it with a flower. She has also dated rapper LL Cool J and actor Leonardo Dicaprio. She is a close friend of Nicole Richie and was best-friends with Aaliyah whom she met at a Tommy Hilfiger shoot. The two became inseparable until Aaliyah died in a plane crash in August 2001. In 2003, Kidada married producer Jeffrey Nash brother-in-law to Forest Whitaker.