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  /  03.30.2019

Aoki Lee Simmons is going to Harvard!

The youngest daughter of Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons proudly announced her acceptance to the Ivy League university in a candid video on Instagram, “I’m only 16 and I’m going to Harvard baby! Insert emotional crying face.”

In the video, Aoki is seen crying tears of joy after learning about her acceptance. Her mom Kimora can be heard cheering as she filmed the confirmation as her stepdad Tim Leissner is seen patting Aoki on the back.

“Yaaaayyyyy @aokileesimmons!! She’s on her way to #Harvard!! We are so proud of YOU,” Kimora posted on her Instagram. “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!!!”

Kimora also revealed that Aoki was accepted to more colleges including Dartmouth, Vassar and Barnard.

“I’m still crying and beaming,” Kimora said in another video before turning the camera to a smiling Aoki. “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.”

“Yoki can’t row or anything like that. 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,” Kimora jokingly said in the video, taking a jab at the recent college admission scandal that involved actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Russell Simmons even got in on the joke while congratulating Aoki on Instagram. “So blessed @aokileesimmons made it into HARVARD and Kimora, Myself or Tim [Leissner] didn’t have to pull any strings or pay anyone to get her in 😂she made it on her own academic merit.”

Aoki will be a busy bee when she starts college this fall. On top of her studies at the prestigious university, Aoki will be working alongside her mom and sister, Ming, on the Baby Phat relaunch expected to hit the runway and stores later this year.


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