Aoki Lee Simmons Graduates From Harvard

by Anthoni Duncan

Aoki Lee Simmons is the perfect blend of beauty and brains.

The youngest daughter of Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons turned her tassel and graduated at the tender age of 20, AfroTech reports. She walked across the stage with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in classics after starting her collegiate career at just 16 years old.

“My baby girl is a Harvard graduate!!!,” wrote Simmons’ mother, Kimora Lee Simmons via Instagram. “AND with a double major! AND one of the youngest in recent history to do so at only 20 years young!”

Aoki followed in her model mother’s footsteps with her burgeoning career in print and runway. Since childhood she along with her sister Ming have been the face of their mother’s clothing brand Baby Phat.

The young scholar posted some pictures with a touching caption honoring the women in her life on Instagram.

“The women who could not always get their degrees right away but who made damn sure we got ours, This one’s for you,” Simmons wrote. “I must dedicate this degree to all the leading ladies in my life, because who am I If not their daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend? Who am I without who came before and beside? We go TOGETHER. Women, period.”

The new Ivy League grad seems to be excited for the future and previewed what’s coming next.

“I’ll be in New York modeling, writing and working at my mom’s company,” Simmons said. “There are so many projects that I can’t wait to dive into, but it will be nice to take a breath!”

Her mom may have other plans for her up her sleeve.“It’s nice to have a Harvard grad in the family, but it might be nice to have an attorney, too,” the Baby Phat founder said. “I’ve promised myself I’ll wait at least a week before I start gently nudging her in that direction, though.”


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