Kimora Lee Simmons is proud of her daughter Aoki for taking her passion to the next level.

Kimora Lee Simmons

She said she believes it's "absolutely absurd" that people have criticized the 20-year-old Harvard pupil for her desire to model despite receiving an Ivy League education.

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I love that she's trying to follow in my footsteps. But also I think it's a pain because if I had had some of what they have,

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maybe I wouldn't have been a model. But I think it's just looking at different sides of a coin,

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Whereas she tells me "Mom, you ought to be proud. It's something that is aspirational. It's the kind of thing people would like to do too.

And I feel that sometimes you don't want your children to go through difficulties.

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She said, "If I've done it and I know it's tough and I know it's a little janky. Why would you want to do it? But we love an educated clumsy queen. She is an educated, clumsy queen.

The fashion model, mogul and businesswoman is in support of her daughter who is juggling both her school work and modeling career.

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We would like to wish Aoki all the best, and she is aware of that. It doesn't matter if it's on camera, or in the background it's not going to hinder her anymore.