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Revisit Aoki Lee Who Got Into Harvard On Her Own, Really!

Back in 2016, I did a post about Aoki Lee, the youngest daughter of Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons commenting on how she rarely shows images of her face on her Instagram page compared to her sister, one year old, Ming Lee who is fine flossing and stunting on the gram…like their mom!

My intent was not for the post to be a take down but a social commentary on the reason I think she did hide her face: to shield herself from the ever present scrutiny of members of the public who cannot help themselves but comment on her beauty.

I wrote about good and bad in the incredible amount of new access fans have of celebrities in the age of social media:

On one hand, it gives them access to fans and helps them prove their brand relevance and importance by enabling them to quantify fans.  It can be used as a tool to keep them famous and relevant. On the other hand, social media make it too easy to get direct contact with people in the public eye and along with the good of being able to show off their  filter-free and authentic selves, celebs also open a window and let in all the insecure, petty, jealous and downright meanies who love to troll and diss them too.

The post got a tremendous amount of traffic after is published and for years after and I did not understand why. A year or so ago, I realized it is because of the headline and people are using “ugly” in searches for Aoki and coming up with mine. The headline is insensitive and a bit mean: “IS AOKI LEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CELEB CHILD GROWS BEING CALLED UGLY BY PUBLIC?”

I apologize for this headline and the spin which I now think is a bit harsh, overly critical and the wrong tone.

We can grow.

But last year, she did acknowledge her insecurities I wrote about in an Instagram story:

“Ok guys so! I’m you’ve noticed I’ve been posting a lot more this summer! I used to be very picky about pictures and not really show my face, and would often not post pictures of cool events or important moments because I didn’t like my smile or I was standing next to my beautiful sister (laughing emoji) it’s easy to get insecure when your older sister and mom are models (laughing emoji) and I’ve dealt with a lot of negativity on Instagram, comments saying I’m not as pretty as my big sister (who is the best by the way)z We all want to look nice in our photos but I’ve tried to let all of that go and just post pictures were I look happy or was actually having a good time. I try not to worry who I’m standing next to and just share good moments with you guys”

And now the 16 year old is off to Harvard! She shared an Instagram video with the news that she got accepted even though she still has a full year of school left.

From Page Six:

“She’s on her way to #Harvard!! We are sooo super proud of YOU!! Such hard work and only 16,” Kimora added. “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!”

Aoki Lee, whose father is Russell Simmonsposted a similar video of her acceptance news.

In the video, Aoki’s stepfather, Tim Leissner, is standing next to her.

She also quoted her mother saying she told her, “Thank god you got in on your own honey cause you can’t row.”

Russell also had a few choice words, adding, “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.”

Just last year, Kimora graduated from the University of Hartford with a business degree.

Aoki will join Harvard’s Class of 2023.

Kylie Jenner joins Long List of Celebs Who Don’t Show Their Babies Faces Online; Here’s Why

I saw a few reports about how makeup mogul and reality TV star Kylie Jenner has selected to stop showing her daughter Stormi’s face on social media after a few mean trolls left nasty comments about the infant.

As Celebrity Baby Scoop reported, “fans noticed that Stormi’s face was hidden and one follower, in particular, noted that she had ‘cut her baby out’, Jenner replied, ‘Yeah I cut my baby out. I’m not sharing photos of my girl right now.'”

Reportedly, she was excited to share her baby with the world but has had to retreat amidst the mean trolls, and her beau and Stormi’s dad Travis Scott is doing the same, only showing her tiny Nikes in a recent Snap Story.

I cannot say I blame her. One of this blog’s most viewed post is about Aoki Lee, the brilliant daughter of Russell Simmons and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kimora Lee Simmons, who avoids posting photos of her face on her own Instagram page, and how I believe it stems from nasty comments from the public about her looks.

The harsh critique from the public probably explains why Beyonce famously shielded her daughter Blue Ivy‘s face when she shared photos of her during her infancy to toddler years, and Kelly Rowland for the first year of her son’s life as well.

If you follow actress Zoe Saldana‘s social media, you will see that she was telling t to share a photo of her twin boys, Cy and Bowie and their baby brother either but has recently.

Over the pond, singer and TV presenter Rochelle Humes features many snaps of her daughters on Instagram but none of her face.

Another one of this blog’s bumpwatch alums Keisha Knight-Pulliam also refuses to show her daughter Ella Grace’s face on social media.

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Then there are the other extremes who don’t show their children’s faces at all, like Kerry Washington, Eva Mendes, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively until recently.

The fans demand it, and many fuss about being denied the chance to gawk at their babies, as if it their right like these who commented under one of Knight-Pulliam’s pics.

And those who do share like Tia Mowry and Solange Knowles have found themselves having to snap back and put mean trolls in their place who called both their sons ugly, as recently as a few years ago.

These reactions prove why it is not a bad idea to keep something private.

h/t Celebrity Baby Scoop

Ciara Introduces Sienna Princes After Shielding Daughter’s Face From Public For Almost a Year

At a time and era when several celebrities successfully purposefully shield their babies’ faces from the media, pop singer Ciara has decided to share her daughter’s for the first time in a new app.

On Thursday, the Body Party singer introduced her daughter with NFL quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks on the app called TraceMe.

“I’m so excited to be opening up my world to you on TraceMe,” Ciara told fans who follow her on the app. “You guys know that I tend to be private with a lot of things, but with TraceMe I can have a genuine, unfiltered connection with you all.”

It also bucks the older tradition of having a big reveal on a magazine for millions of dollars given at one time, celebrities took home million+ dollar paydays for sharing their baby’s first photos.

Gone are those days because with the advent of social media, a lot of celebs are sharing their babies first pics with their fans directly, though not all.

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Zoe Saldana, Beyonce and Kelly Rowland for the first year, Brit Rochelle Humes  and others didn’t open their children up to public scrutiny. Today, Keisha Knight-Pulliam still keeps her daughter Grace’s face from her social media feed.

We never have seen Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s children and most likely will never see them either. Given all the ridicule and shaming celebs like Tia Mowry received over her son, and Kimora Lee Simmons’ daughter Aoki Lee, we can see why.

Ciara explained why she chose to reveal.

“My motivation for this was to give back for all of your support throughout the years,” she explained. “We now have a special place where you can get to know more about me, and see all the fun things that go on with my music, my family, my fashion and so much more.”

The model and dancer has a 3 1/2 year old son named  Future Zahir Wilburn with her ex fiance hip hop performer Future.

 

We Can’t Believe How Big These Kids of Celebs Have Gotten!

You know you’re getting older when you see some your kids’ friends on Facebook and social media celebrating a birthday and you think, “my where has the time gone?” or “boy have those kids gotten big!

I think the same can be said of a few of the celeb parents we’ve followed when they first had children compared to now.

There’s Chris Tucker and his son Destin is 19 and is a spitting image of his famous comedian dad.

Demi Moore and her three daughters are are now 23 (Tallulah), 25 (Scout) and 28 (Rumer)! wow!

Kobi Bryant’s daughters are 14 (Natalia), 11, (Gianna) and 8 months (baby Bianka), seen with mom Vanessa.

Madonna‘s son David is and daughter Mercy are both now 11-years old.

Mel B stepped out with her daughters 10-year old Angel and 5-year old Madison earlier in the Spring and I didn’t realize they had grown so much.

Russell Simmons‘ daughters, almost 15-year old Aoki and 17-year old Ming stepped out at a charity event looking so adult as they did with their mom and half brothers 8-year old Kenzo (with Djimon Honsou) and 2-year old Wolfe Lee (with hubby Tim Leissner)

Kelly Ripa has a 19-year old!! Her son Michaeal and also a 15-year-old daughter Lola, and 13-year-old son Joaquin with hubby Mark Consuelos.

Nia Long  took her 16-year old son  Massai Zhivago Dorsey II on a humanitarian trip to Africa. Look how much taller he is than she is!

Reese Witherspoon’s kids with Ryan Phillipe , Ava are 14 and 17 -year old, respectively.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s son Trey (with Will’s ex Sheree Zampani) is 24!

Down to the younger ones who have grown up is Tia Mowry whose son Cree is now 6.

Finally, Jennifer Hudson’s son David Otunga, Jr. is almost 8-years old. His birthday is today! Happy Birthday, David Jr!

 

Photos: Instagram, Getty

Is Aoki Lee What Happens When a Celeb Child Grows Being Called Ugly by Public?

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Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons plant a kiss on their dad Russell Simmons.

Kimora Lee Simmons first two children, daughters Aoki Lee and  Ming Lee have grown to be beautiful young ladies, but having grown in the overly critical public eye has not been easy. This is especially true considering the overemphasis of beauty for young women and how mean the public can be. Social media has been a blessing and curse for celebrities.

On one hand, it gives them access to fans and helps them prove their brand relevance and importance by enabling them to quantify fans.  It can be used as a tool to keep them famous and relevant. On the other hand, social media make it too easy to get direct contact with people in the public eye and along with the good of being able to show off their  filter-free and authentic selves, celebs also open a window and let in all the insecure, petty, jealous and downright meanies who love to troll and diss them too.

And people do not stop when it comes to commenting on the beauty of a celebrity child.

For example, I was doing some online research recently and bumped into Aoki Lee’s Instagram page. I immediately noticed that she doesn’t ever show her face in any of her photos. Now it could be because she wants to de-emphasize her looks seeing as though she is a self-described historian and coder on her page.

It is a contrast from her sister Ming who is as statuesque as their mom and is perfectly fine flossing and showing off her fab self and her fab life that goes with on her Instagram.

We like to drink tea ☕️ A photo posted by Ming Lee Simmons (@mingleesimmons) on

But then I thought that perhaps Aoki hides her face to shield herself from all the negativity that litters the comment section under celebrity social media pages. It’s the type of stuff that has led many to quit social media.

I remember bumping into a lot of shady comments about Kimora’s daughters’ looks on the gossip blogs.

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Thus, there is no wonder some celebs elect to hide their children’s faces from the public. You’ve never even ever seen Kerry Washington or Eva Mendes’ children… ever.

And as I moved over to Ming Lee’s photo, I see that one of the first comments on a really beautiful beach photo comes from a couple of girls calling her ugly and talking bad about her looks.  Most people however reply about her beauty in most of her posts.

And that is a shame that all we care about is the attractiveness of famous people.

#truth.com

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It also explains why Beyonce famously shielded her daughter Blue Ivy‘s face when she shared photos of her during her infancy to toddler years. Zoe Saldana is yet to share a photo of her twin boys, Cy and Bowie,  either. Over the pond, singer and TV presenter Rochelle Humes features many snaps of her daughter on Instagram but none of her face.

And those who do like Tia Mowry and Solange Knowles have found themselves having to snap back and put mean trolls in their place who called both their sons ugly, as recently as last year.

Celeb parents can do what they can as long as they can to shield their kids from public scrutiny for as long as possible. It is essential considering the kids never asked for the spotlight. But…the minute they grow into their own and open up their own social media account, they”ll have to face it on their own.

And Aoki’s faceless Instagram page could be an example of one outcome.

Kimora Lee Simmons welcomes 4th child, son Wolfe

Congratulations to former Supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons who welcomed her fourth child, son, Wolfe with husband Tim Leissner.
The ex-designer turned Reality TV star and her investment banker hubby said in a statement released to PEOPLE magazine through their reps, “We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our son.”
Simmons is already mom to daughters 15-year old Ming and 12-year old Aoki with biz mogul Russell Simmons and son Kenzo with actor Djimon Hounsou. 

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Inside Kimora Lee Simmons’ baby shower

Kimora Lee Simmons celebrated the impending arrival of her 4th child this past Saturday, February 7 with her family.
Guests include actress and children’s book author Garcelle Beauvais who Instagram shared the above photo with the caption: “Fun afternoon celebrating @officialkimora and Tim’s#babyshower it’s a new Day exhusband @unclerushand new husband showing love & support #love#congrats @tribalgroove
Simmons and her banker husband Tim Leissner are expecting their fourth child together.
Kimora’s other children include 12-year old Aoki Lee, 14-year old Ming Lee  with Russell and 5-year old son Kenzo from her marriage to Djimon Hounsou
Ming Lee also shared a couple of cute photos from the baby shower:

Kimora Lee Simmons debuts her 4th pregnancy bump in Saint Barts

Paps caught Kimora Lee Simmons on a yacht in St. Bart’s this week in a black bump hugging scrunching mini dress, flip flops and Jackie-O glasses.  News leaked in October that Simmons was on  her fourth pregnancy, first with her banker husband Tim Leissner in October. 
The sometimes reality TV star and Leissner have been married since February.  
The former model turned designer and fashion mogul has two daughters, 14-year old Ming and 12-yar old Aoki with first husband Russell Simmons and son, Kenzo with actor Djimon Hounsou, with whom she was married for 5 years. 
h/t Daily Mail 

#TBT: 21 Celebrities on their Baby Shower day

Forgive us for being offline for a major part of the day today. We hit 7 million page views for some odd reason and the server crashed! Lessons learned. We’re back up…but absent fresh content.

Good thing today is Throwback Thursday! Enjoy this post from 2012 featuring 21 celebrities on their respective Baby Shower day:

Unforgettable star Daya Vaidya shared a photo of the scrumptious BakedByMelissa cupcakes she received during her baby shower this past spring May 20. Vaidya and her hubby are expecting identical twin boys to join their family which already includes their adorable daughter, Leela.

These days it is not uncommon to have brands present and sponsor celebrities’ baby showers and gift them with many items from their lines. 

Here are other celebs on their baby shower days through the years as featured in People’s CelebrityBabies pages and other sources. Too cute!

 

Adrienne Bosh, wife of NBA’s Chris Bosh, baby shower in March 2012

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Without a Trace‘s Roselyn Sanchez last December 2011

Molly Sims shared on her website this spring

Angie Everhart in 2009 which currently pregnant Melissa Joan Hart attended

HeroesAli Larter in 2010
Melanie  Brown‘s  2007 shower with 1st child with hubby Stephen Belafonte

Gabrielle Beauvais-Nilon‘s 2007 shower when carrying her twin boys

Erica Campbell‘s 2011 shower when she was carrying daughter Zaya

Tracy Mourning, wife of NBA’s Alonzo Mourning’s 2009 baby shower

Ugly Betty  star Ana Ortiz for her first daughter in 2009
Tori Spelling for her first kid in 2007

Laura Govan, then fiance of NBA Wizard’s Gilbert Arenas in 2009

Jillian Barberie  for her son Rocco in 2009 at the Montage in Beverly Hills
Scrubs star Judy Reyes
The Practice Marla Sokoloff in 2011

Tia Mowry‘s in West Hollywood in 2010 attended by currently pregnant twin Tamera Mowry

Rita Rock’s  Nicole Sullivan for her 2nd child in 2009
Kimora Lee Simmons and hubby Djimon Hounsou shower for baby Kenzo in 2009
Nicole Richie when pregnant with daughter Harlow in 2007
Kim Porter when pregnant with Diddy’s Twins in 2007

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Vanessa Simmons and Mike Wayans welcomed daughter Ava Marie Jean on Valentine’s Day



Simon Cowell isn’t the only celebrity to welcome a baby on Valentine’s Day!
Reality TV star of MTV‘s Run’s House actress Vanessa Simmons and her beau Mike Wayans welcomed their daughter, Ava Marie Jean Wayans.
Her great uncle Danny Simmons revealed the news ahead of the family.
 “My brand spanking new Grand niece is named Ava Marie Jean Wayans…you go mommy,” he shared on his  Facebook page, later writing, “Ooops didnt know I bleeped it out early.. yall wuz the first to know..well except for the immediate fam…u guys got the scoop”
Simmons announced the pregnancy via her Instagram page this past September 2013.
It’s Hip Hop/Black Hollywood royalty as Simmons’ dad is the legendary rap artist Rev Run of the iconic 80s group Run DMC and her uncle is hip hop clothing (Phat Farm) and music (Def Jam) business mogul Russell Simmons whose ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons we’ve “bumpwatched” before too. Vanessa’s brother Diggy Simmons is a R&B charttopper as well. 
Wayans‘ dad is TV vet comedian Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) whose family includes actor director/producer Kennon Ivory Wayans (In Living Color), actor/filmmaker Shawn Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie) and actor/filmmaker (The Wayans Brothers, Little Man).
Congratulations!
This is the first child for the couple. Simmons also starred with her sister model, actress and designer Angela Simmons in a few seasons of the MTV spin-off Daddy’s Girls. 

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