The last time we wrote about Aoki Lee Simmons on this site, we were discussing the racial taunting she was enduring at her school, at the hands of one of her White, male classmates.
In an Instagram Live video, Lee Simmons described the bullying she’d experienced from this boy for years, culminating in him calling her the n-word.
In the video, Aoki expressed being particularly perturbed because she said she only comes to school to do her work so she can get into college.
Thankfully, refusing to let racist teens distract her has paid off. Last night, she shared a video, recorded by her mother Kimora Lee Simmons, of her being accepted into Harvard University.
Check it out below.
In the video, you can hear Kimora screaming, “Oh my God, do you want to go there? Yaaayy! Are you sure? Yaaaay! What? Yaaaay!”
In the second video, her brother Kenzo reads her acceptance letter.
In her Instagram stories, Aoki showed her mother offering her words of advice and praising her for working hard to get accepted on her own merit, no doubt a slight to the Lori Loughlins and Felicity Huffmans of the world.
“You’re a college young lady now… I’m glad you did this on your own merit. You’re super smart and you can do everything and anything you want to do. Like my momma told me, your momma’s gonna tell you. You cannot grow. Your soccer skills are just a minimum. I know you play volleyball and you’re really good at volleyball but it’s not like you’re 6’4 and you’re going to get in on that. So this is the way to go, your brain, nobody can take that from you, ok?”
A word for all of us, really.
What’s particularly special about this admission is the fact that Aoki was accepted at just sixteen years old.
Her older sister Ming Lee Simmons shared her excitement and pride for her sister in an Instagram post that highlighted Aoki’s confidence, persistence and work ethic—with visuals of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.
You can check out the work Aoki has been putting in, mandated and otherwise, throughout her high school career below.
Congratulations to Aoki! We’re wishing her a respite from racists and much-continued success at Harvard.