Skipping a grade or even two is one thing, but zooming over lots of them is a whole ’nother level.
Which is exactly where Kimora Hudson is at in life—at 13 years old, she’s the youngest student enrolled at the University of West Georgia this fall.
When the Douglasville, Ga., teen was in 9th grade, she enrolled in UWG’s dual enrollment program for 10-12th graders. In two years, the Young MENSA candidate will be a high school graduate and a junior in college.
“When she was three or four months, her doctors told me she would be a genius, because she started forming words very early,” said Fawn Hudson. “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.”
Wanting to challenge her daughter, Fawn, a mental health specialist, signed young Kimora up for various academic enrichment programs and by the time she hit 7th grade, Kimora was taking the ACT.
Kimora’s mom tries to give her daughter some semblance of a normal teen life, and says that most Fridays, Kimora hits up local high school football games, and on the weekends, has sleepovers and does activities with her church family. She is also a competitive swimmer.
“I’m a chill person. I’m still a normal 13-year-old. I still hang around my friends, because I need a balance. I just don’t see them every day at school like before,” Kimora said.
“People are so afraid to go out and try new things. I want to help bring a community together for young black women,” Kimora said. “I want to be an advocate for people who step out the box and express themselves. I’m going to keep going.”
Kimora says she is considering something in the sciences as a career, looking at becoming a marine biologist, surgeon, veterinarian or psychologist.