hbz0208wk002-lg.jpg By Marshall Heyman After the split, two years ago, from Russell Simmons, her fashion-music-lifestyle-mogul paramour of 13 years, Kimora Lee Simmons, the refreshingly big-mouthed model turned glamazon author, entrepreneur, mother of two, and reality-television star of Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, wasn’t sure she could really stomach dating again.

Vaguely, sparsely, and not successfully are the words Kimora, 32, uses to describe how she dated post-Russell, whom she met while in high school. “It didn’t work,” she says, biting into a Kobe-beef slider at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles and double dipping a french fry in ketchup. “That’s the point. It didn’t work. But I tried.”

“You’re a little socially retarded” is how the also refreshingly big-mouthed model turned television star Tyra Banks, Kimora’s pal, put it. “In terms of dating, you don’t really know what’s going on,” Tyra told her, as Kimora recalls. “You’re a little slow.”

Joking aside, Kimora admits she was “devastated” by the end of the relationship with Russell. “Shit, honey, it was like a breakdown moment,” she says, even if it’s hard to imagine this St. Louis-born, part-Japanese, part-African-American tower of power struggling with anything. “But it was a jump I had to take.

You get to a certain age where you know that to go too far down one road would be a little too disrespectful to yourself and your soul. So it was as happy as it was painful; let’s say that.”

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