A picture of a student at a college homecoming went viral online, leading to the student being offered several modeling contracts.
19-year-old Anok Yai is a sophomore at New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University. She was at a homecoming event at Howard University in Washington, D.C., when a photographer took her photo for his Instagram account, theSUNK.
After the pictures were posted, they quickly went viral. Comments on the photo urged modeling agencies to sign the biochemistry student as a client.
Yai grew up in New Hampshire after moving from Egypt with her family in 2000. She says that fashion and art have always interested her, but she doubted she could ever become a model. She said, “It was a dream that I always wanted, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen.”
She said, “At first, I questioned what everyone was seeing because I didn’t really see it. Honestly, I think that people get so used to seeing themselves that people don’t see their own beauty because they see it every day.”
Big things are happening...— Anok Yai (@anok_yai) October 27, 2017
Can't believe I went from just 150 followers to almost 8K in one day. The supports overwhelming 🙏🏿— Anok Yai (@anok_yai) October 22, 2017