Big congratulations are due to Aoki Lee, who at just 16 years of age, was accepted to Harvard, completely on her own academic merit, despite being surrounded by fraudsters and alleged criminals. And to think, we might have forgotten that her stepfather Tim Leissner pleaded guilty to money laundering for his part in stealing $1 billion from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund while he was at Goldman Sachs, if her mom and dad, Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons, weren’t bragging up and down Instagram that their daughter got into Harvard without them having to pull any strings. Because I guess “we didn’t cheat!” is the new benchmark for pride in #thesetryingtimes.
Here’s how Uncle Rush shared the good news (that’s Tim standing over her shoulder).
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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
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Hear that in the background That’s the scary voice of a very special mother the very best mother on the planet @kimoraleesimmons none of this is possible w/out her congratulations to @kimoraleesimmons #Repost @kimoraleesimmons ・・・ 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!😍🎉❤️🙏🏼💃🏻
I might be more moved if I didn’t have the image of Russell in a baggy hemp t-back tank top narrating it in my head. In a different live video, Kimora couldn’t help but take a dig at Lori Loughlin, even though, according to Forbes, her own husband was accused of using the money he stole “for personal benefits, including buying luxury U.S. properties, yachts, art as well as paying bribes“, which, c’mon. (via People):
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.
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.
And in absolute fairness, Aoki really appears to be a superlative student and a classy young lady. Unlike some of her “both my parents are blue check verified” peers, Aoki’s Insta is filled with things you might expect a studious, Ivy bound 16-year-old to post. Actual books, pithy quotes (she gets it from her papa), siblings, pets, prep school pals, and the occasional artsy selfie. I think this kid’s gonna be alright.
But let’s not pretend hard work alone is always enough. Why, if I had had the benefit of an outstanding private education, three parents with connections, world class tutors, and access to a giant mahogany desk the size of a small island, even I might have gotten into Harvard! Ok, even I might have gotten into US Santa Cruz if I bothered to apply.
My point is, we don’t need you rich-ass grown folks bragging about not cheating!