Kimora Lee Simmons is ecstatic that her 16-year-old daughter Aoki Lee Simmons won acceptance to Harvard University. The former model and TV personality took to Instagram Stories on Thursday to announce her daughter's academic achievement.
Kimora appeared emotional as she announced that Aoki, whom she shares with ex-husband, music mogul Russell Simmons, had received her admissions letter from the prestigious institution.
"She got into Harvard! I'm still crying and beaming. You don't understand this has been a ride for me. I'm two out of two kids in college. I have two boys left, I don't know if I can do it. Quite honestly she really did it on her own merit and we're so really proud."
Kimora made a dig at the 50 wealthy parents who were indicted in the recent U.S. college admissions scandal. The parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are accused of paying millions of dollars to get their underachieving children into top colleges as part of a scheme that involved altering exam results and bribing college officials.
"Aoki can't row or anything like that," she said, referring to Loughlin's 2 daughters who were admitted to USC as bogus members of the women's rowing team. "There was really no hope for us in that area. I'm just so proud that you did it on your own. Praise the Lord," the 43-year-old joked.
In a separate social media post, Kimora added that Aoki was also accepted to Dartmouth, Vassar, and Barnard Colleges. Aoki took to Instagram to express her excitement over the news too, with her post thanking her friends and family for their support.
"I'm only 16 and I'm going to Harvard baby! Insert emotional crying face," she wrote. "Thank you so much to every single person who helped me along the way. I am excited and honored and so so grateful," adding the hashtag #Harvard2023.
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Yaaayyyyy @aokileesimmons!! She’s on her way to #Harvard!! We are sooo super proud of YOU!! Such hard work and only 16! You did it! It took years of super dedication and lots of tears! But HERE YOU ARE!!! GO GIRL!!! Enjoy the journey! We are excited to see the great things you will do! Sorry I’m one of those SUPERLOUD MAMAS! She also got into Dartmouth, Vassar, Barnard etc! Woooo! #BeautyAndBrains!????????
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