"Yoki can't row or anything like that," the Baby Phat founder says in reference to Lori Loughlin's alleged participation in the largest college admissions scam in U.S. history.
The Baby Phat founder, 43, announced the exciting news on Instagram Thursday evening with a video of her son, Kenzo Lee, reading Aoki's admissions letter. Kimora, who's filming, can be heard screaming in the background.
"Yaaaayyyyy! She's on her way to Harvard!" the proud mom captioned her post. "We are so 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 SUPER LOUD MAMAS!" she continued, adding that Aoki "also got into Dartmouth, Vassar, Barnard, etc."
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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! #BeautyAndBrains!😍🎉❤️🙏🏼💃🏻
But the celebration didn't end there. Kimora also shared a video from the moment Aoki learned the news on her Instagram Story. "She got into Harvard!" the fashion designer said excitedly.
"I'm still crying and beaming," she added as she panned to Aoki jumping up and down. "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."
Celebrations aside, Kimora did not pass up the opportunity to take a not-so-subtle jab at the 50 parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, allegedly involved in the largest college admissions scam in U.S. history. The "Fuller House" star, specifically, has been accused of paying bribes totaling half a million dollars in exchange for having her two daughters -- 20-year-old Isabella and 19-year-old Olivia -- designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite not actually participating in the sport.
"Quite honestly, she really did it on her own merit, and we're so really proud," Kimora said of her daughter's achievement. "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."
Aoki celebrated on her own Instagram page, captioning a video of herself crying hysterically after reading her acceptance letter, "I'm only 16, and I'm going to Harvard, baby! Thank you so much to every single person who helped me along the way. I am excited and honored and so, so grateful. #Harvard2023."
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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. 👩🏽🎓👩🏽🎓👩🏽🎓 #harvard2023
Aoki's proud papa, 61, also partook in the celebrations -- and the shade-throwing.
"So blessed Aoki made it into HARVARD," Russell captioned his post. "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 Lee, you are [a] source of pride and inspiration to me, your family and the whole world at large," he continued. "As you know and should always remember, we love you unconditionally. Whether you 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 family's 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 you as my daughter. I love you soooo much."
Russell also praised his ex-wife by reposting the video she shared in which she can be heard cheering loudly. "Hear that in the background?" he wrote. "That's the scary voice of a very special mother, the very best mother on the planet. None of this is possible without her. Congratulations to Kimora."
Russell and Kimora are also parents to daughter Ming Lee, 19. Kimora and her husband, Tim, are parents to Wolf Lee. Kimora is also mom to Kenzo, who she shares with ex Djimon Hounsou.
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