Simone Reyes

Simone Reyes was the breakout star of Oxygen's reality TV show "Running Russell Simmons" and became an overnight hero in the animal rights community. She has been entertainment mogul, Russell Simmons, right hand woman since high school and has often been affectionately referred to as the "Boss" by Simmons himself.

 

She was recently promoted to Director of Television Development at Simmons’ Def Pictures media company. Simone boldly shed her clothes for PETA's "Rather Go Naked" demonstrations and Stray Cat Alliance and has used her voice in countless media outlets to speak out in support of animal liberation.

 

She is a well known speaker on animal rights at events such as The Seed in NYC, WorldFest , National Animal Rights Conference along side the founding leaders in the animal rights movement. Simone’s Tedx talk has inspired many viewers to try veganism and re-think their treatment of animals. Simone is a 20+ year vegan and has been a grassroots animal rights activist for most of her adult life. PETA's Animal Rahat Sanctuary in India was officially given a new name "Simone’s Place" in honor of Simone's tireless dedication to the animal rights cause.

 

Last year she traveled to Taiji, Japan as a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian to report on and document the atrocities of the dolphin drives. She shared her experiences there in various media outlets including HLN/Jane Velez Mitchell’s show. She, along with Russell Simmons penned an open letter to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and President Obama urging them to consider attaching the plight of the dolphins who migrate through Japan to the passing of the Trans Pacific Partnership- this letter was signed by dozens of celebrities including Cher, Oliver Stone, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Cameron Diaz, Reverend Jesse Jackson and countless others.

 

She has also been honored by Mercy For Animals for the work she has done to put the plight of farm animals in the public's consciousness. She has been has been featured in print and online at Star Magazine, OK magazine, Inked Magazine, Our Hen House, peta.com , Supreme Master TV , Veg News Magazine, Vegetarian Times, True Cowboy Magazine and countless other publications/blogs and has appeared on television shows/movies including Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Dogs In The City, MTV News, Sky vs. Sky, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The L Word, The L Word Special, The Wendy Williams Show, and most recently Simone played herself on HBO's "Enlightened".

 

Simone also serves on the board of Social Compassion In Legislation. She is a regular contributor to websites Global Grind, Hello Giggles and One Green Planet. Simone uses her voice to inspire, motivate, mobilize and guide people who care about the treatment of animals but don't know where to begin to create real change for them.

 

She is the author of “Astrology For Dogs” and “Astrology For Cats” and is looking forward to the imminent release of her most recent book, “Slaying The Lesbian Bed Death Dragon- A 30 Day Guide To Re-Claiming Your Lover (By Being the Best Girlfriend On The Planet) by Triplicity Publishing. She lives in Los Angeles with her senior rescued blind Japanese Chin, Hubbell Yoda who is her best friend.