Russell and Kimora Lee Simmon’s youngest daughter, Aoki Lee Simmons got accepted into Harvard at 16.
Last night (Mar. 28), Aoki shared an emotional video to Instagram of her reading her acceptance letter. In the video, you can hear her mother, Kimora screaming with excitement as she asks Aoki if she’s sure she wants to go to Harvard while Aoki wipes tears from her eyes.
“I’m only 16 and I’m going to Harvard baby! Insert emotional crying face. @kimoraleesimmons “thank god you got in on your own honey cause you can’t row” thank you so much to every single person who helped me along the way. I am excited and honored and so so grateful,” Aoki wrote as her caption.
Kimora also shared a video of her son reading the acceptance letter.
“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,” Kimora wrote.
Russell Simmons also shared the exciting news on Instagram with a photo of Aoki wiping her tears.
“So blessed @aokileesimmons made it into HARVARD and Kimora Myself or Tim didn’t have to pull any strings or pay anyone to get her in ???? she made it on her own academic merit “Aoki lee you are source of pride and inspiration to me, your whole family and the whole world at large As you know ..and should always remember ….We love u unconditionally Whether u have “success or failure” in the world … you will ALWAYS be very successful in the most important category.. because you are a compassionate loving spirit who will always have God your family and your extended families love… ❤️ …Remember this as as you continue on your path .. God favors YOU ..and in this lifetime he will use you to do great work for the greater good of this world I’m so thankful to have u as my daughter I love you soooo much,” Russell wrote emphasizing that he and Kimora didn’t have to pay their daughter’s acceptance.
Aoki also got accepted into Dartmouth, Vassar, and Barnard, among others.
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