If you look up the phrase "Black Girl Magic" in the dictionary, there's a picture of Kimora Hudson at the top of the entry. At just 13-years-old, the Douglasville, Georgia, native made history as the youngest student ever to attend the University of West Georgia.
While the sight of a barely-teenager on campus will probably shock some UWG Wolves, Kimora said she's just “doing what comes natural.”
“I’ve always raised my hand first in class. That just felt normal to me," she explained in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But when I started getting accepted into really advanced educational programs, I started thinking, ‘OK, I’m really smart.' "
Her mother, Fawn Hudson, could've told you that years ago.
"When she was three or four months, her doctors told me she would be a genius, because she started forming words very early,” explained Mrs. Hudson, a career development and mental health specialist. “In pre-K, her teachers would tell me they had to bring in 2nd grade work specifically for Kimora. By the time first grade came around, it was just obvious that she was gifted.”
Because of her above-average intelligence, Kimora was able to take the ACT in 7th grade, and enroll in UWG's Move On When Ready/Dual Enrollment program for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders as a high school freshman.
In just two years, she'll graduate high school with college credits that will give her junior standing.
But while Kimora's already making plans to pursue a science major in hopes of one day becoming a marine biologist, veterinarian, surgeon, or psychologist, she insists she's still a normal teenager.
“I’m a chill person. ... I still hang around my friends, because I need a balance," she said. "I just don’t see them everyday at school like before."
“People are so afraid to go out and try new things. I want to help bring a community together for young Black women,” Kimora explained. “I want to be an advocate for people who step out the box and express themselves. I’m going to keep going.”