Modeling career

Aoki Lee Simmons defends her modeling career while studying at Harvard

Aoki Lee Simmons has defended her choice to pursue a modeling career after the 19-year-old Harvard student and daughter of Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons faced backlash on social media.

Aoki took to TikTok to respond to a troll who asked why someone “articulate and obviously educated” would want to model.

“Why am I going into a field that doesn’t necessarily require a degree, or that requires a lot of reading knowledge, when I have a lot of education?” Aoki asked in the video. “One, because I love him. I think we should normalize that you like something. You don’t have to do what you are immediately good at.

Aoki Lee Simmons on TikTok.
Aoki Lee Simmons is currently a student at Harvard University.
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She then gave a personal example of how you don’t always have to pursue something just because you have a talent for it.

“You don’t have to do what you’re immediately good at,” Aoki said. “Growing up I was a great volleyball player because I was tall. I didn’t have to get into volleyball forever because I was good at it from a young age. age.

Ming Lee Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons and Aoki Lee Simmons
Aoki made her modeling debut in July 2021.
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She reminded viewers that someone can be good at something and “not want to do it forever,” adding, “You can be bad at something and still pursue it.”

“Hard work will beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard. You don’t have to be immediately good at entering a field, and you can become the best through hard work,” she said.

Aoki noted that she would like to move towards a future where smart young women are not boxed in and can choose creative passions.

Aoki Lee Simons posing for an Instagram photo.
Aoki said you can be both smart and pretty.
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“I’d like to change the idea that you can’t be smart and pretty, or you can’t be smart and enjoy how you look, or enjoy a creative/beauty/fashion-based career,” he said. she declared. “The one that requires a lot of intelligence. Two, you can be two types of people in one person. It’s really who I am.

Aoki – whose mother is also a model – concluded her TikTok video by encouraging others to pursue their own passions.

“Get a degree, don’t use it. Get a degree, use it later. Don’t get a degree, never use it. Get a degree later. Do what you want to do,” she said. “Nothing is a waste of your talent…if you enjoy it, and you’re happy, and you’re living your life, then whatever path got you there was the right one and nothing was wasted.”

from Aoki first track experience was in July 2021 for fashion house Pyer Moss.

She was accepted to Harvard University at the age of 16. Kimora Lee announced her daughter’s acceptance to Ivy League school with an Instagram video in March 2019.

“We are so super proud of YOU!! Such hard work and only 16! You did it! It took years of super dedication and lots of tears! But YOU ARE HERE!!! GO GIRL!!! Enjoy of travel”, Kimora Lee wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “We are excited to see the great things you will do! Sorry, I’m one of those SUPERLOUD MAMAS! »

Simmons added that her daughter has also been accepted to Dartmouth, Vassar and Barnard. “Woooo! #BeautyAndBrains!😍🎉❤️🙏🏼💃🏻,” the proud mom concluded.

Meanwhile, Kimora Lee made her own runway debut at the age of 13.