Aoki Lee Simmons Defends Her Decision To Pursue Modeling After Attending Harvard

Aoki Lee Simmons sets the record straight and shuts down the age-old stereotype that a person cannot possess both beauty and brains.

She recently got a TikTok that was aimed at answering a viewer’s question, which read, “You’re so articulate and clearly educated…how come you chose modeling?”

“I think you really start off with, ‘Why am I going into a field that doesn’t necessarily require a degree or a lot of book literacy if I have a lot of education?'” Simmons immediately started getting to the crux of the comment.

“I think it’s great, and I think we should normalize something nice. You don’t have to do what you’re good at right away,” said the 19-year-old. “You can be good at something and not want to do it forever, and you can be bad at something and still pursue it.”

In answering the question, Simmons focused on a more important issue in the comment.

“I really want us to move into a future where this question isn’t asked of young women. Like, not being asked, ‘Why did you follow your more creative passion, even though you’re smart?’”

“I would like to change the idea that you can’t be smart and beautiful, or you can’t be smart and enjoy your looks or enjoy a creative, [and] fashion-based career,” she continued. “You can be two kinds of people in one person.”

Simmons then closed her video by giving viewers a warm word of encouragement.

“Do what you want. 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. Don’t get one – do what you want to do! And nothing is a waste of your talent,” she said.

Kimora Lee Simmons shared that her youngest daughter was admitted to Harvard in the spring of 2019 when Aoki was only 16 years old.

The young scholar entered the Ivy League institution that fall, though Simmons was still determined to follow in her mother’s footsteps and take over the modeling world.

In July 2021, she went to Paris to walk in her very first couture show, which her mother captured Instagram.

It’s also worth noting that the Harvard student recently showcased her passion for fashion and modeling while giving her TikTok fans a peek at one of her stage outfits, going on to call herself the “Best Dressed Person at the UN.”

In a similar upload, Simons wrote, “My time has come to choose between politics and modeling because I can’t sustain this Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus double life.”

Shoutout to Aoki Lee Simmons for doing her thing and encouraging others to do the same!

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