Meet Kijafa Vick. The wife of 15-year NFL Veteran QB, Michael Vick. But, this feature isn’t about Mike. We found out just how much of a powerhouse this woman is in a recent interview. Kijafa is a mogul with multiple businesses in two different countries. She is a spicy firecracker not afraid to speak her mind, beautiful with brains to match and a mother committed to creating a blueprint for her daughters to follow, all while building a legacy of her own.
“I feel like a lot of times we don’t get to associate with other WAGS but I think we should take the time to get to know some of these girls. They can help you with life and you know, sometimes women can be catty but, at the end of the day--we all go through the same problems in life.”
Name: Kijafa Vick
Husband/Teams: Mike Vick - Falcons, Jets, Eagles, Steelers
Children: Jada (11) London (8) Mitez (13)
Jay Z or Anita Baker? Jay Z
Martini or Milkshake? Martini
New York or LA? In the summer or the winter? LA
Interesting Fact about yourself: I can draw
WR: Where are you from originally and how did you get to where you are now?
KV: I am originally from Philly, born and raised. I went to college in VA and I met my husband there. Eventually, I tricked him into moving down to Florida which is where we live now (lol)!
WR: How did you and your husband meet? What’s your love story?
KV: I met my husband when I was in college (I graduated from Hampton University) so, I was in school in his hometown. I met him in a nightclub of all places and he couldn’t resist my potion! It’s been 14 years since we met.
ON THE NFL:
WR: Do you believe there are any misconceptions or stereotypes of WAGS? If so, what is your view?
KV: I am quite sure people judge me but I don’t usually focus much on what people think. The misconception I've heard people say the most is that I’m not nice but that's not me at all. Look, I’m fun!
WR: What are some of your best WAGS memories & experiences?
KV: When Michael played for Philly, the head coach’s wife (Tammy Reid) had events for all of the ladies. She would host “potlucks” and it was such a bonding experience for us to have. Most teams, you don’t interact with the other wives but Andy was very family- oriented so his wife encouraged us to be friends. When you meet someone who lives the same lifestyle, they get it and some of my best friends are other Eagles wives. We still stay in contact with one another and in fact a couple live right around the corner.
WR: What do you admire most about your husband?
KV: His patience to deal with me. My mouth is like no one else’s that you ever want to hear! I can be viscous but he deals with me. He is also such a great Dad. I am so happy to have picked a man who is an amazing dad. I didn't grow up with my father in my life so I realize how valuable this is.
WR: How do you balance being a mother, wife and staying true to what makes you, you?
KV: Figuring out how to balance it all is so difficult. But, you fall into a rhythm and you get better with planning and time management. At the end of the day, you can’t say no to your kids. Some days you are the priority, some days your husband is and other days your children are.
WR: Which role of those three (wife, mother, Kijafa) required the most adjustment?
KV: When we were in Philly, my mom was there so she gave me a lot of support with the children. But, I was also building a business and my husband needed me at home. He would tell me, “Babe, I got you and I’m supporting you,” but I wanted to have something of my own-- to call my own.
WR: Tell us about your business My Hair Closet & Pink Elephant? We love to support a #mompreneur!
KV: Thank you, I appreciate that. When my husband went to prison, I realized that I was living in my husband’s shadow. I found myself. I am Kijafa! I went to school and have a marketing degree. It was fun, you know, having a rich husband but I wanted my girls to see that there is more to life than being a rich man’s wife. During that time, I met a girl named Blair who owned an accessories line and asked her if I could be a part of it. She agreed and we opened an accessories boutique together. Every time someone would come into the store, they asked if we sold clothes so we just grew and expanded from there. After that, I opened a hair extensions brand and that business has expanded. We are now located in VA, Philadelphia & Saudi Arabia.
WR: What are you passionate about?
KV: Being a good mom. I do a lot; I travel a lot and I’m not always with my kids so I strive to be a good mom and I try to give them the world that I did not have. I am passionate about making them better young ladies and teaching them how to better themselves.
WR: How do you juggle it all? What makes your world go round?
KV: Kijafa and Michael make our world go round. I had a nanny experience before and it wasn’t pleasant. Mike is an amazing father. I mean, he is super awesome. I can go away for a week and he’s putting together outfits and sending me pictures.
WR: What are you most proud of?
KV: I am most proud of being an all-around woman. Taking care of kids and home and running a business. It's hard because you often don’t have time to yourself. By the time you’ve fulfilled your domestic duties (grocery store, cooking, putting the kids to bed, taking business calls)--it’s the end of the day and you have to do it all over again! So I'm most proud of being a woman of many hats.