This college student ended up opening the Prada show after her homecoming picture went viral
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Howard graduate Steve Hall took the photograph after he spotted other people taking pictures of Yai on their phones. In January, she made her runway debut at Prada's menswear and was featured in the PRADA S/S 2018 campaign.
In an interview with Vogue, Yai reminisces over childhood memories, watching America's Next Top Model with her sister. "When I was younger, I was insecure about my skin because I looked up to people in the Imdeia and, though I looked up to black women, I never saw black women that were as dark as me," she said. "I definitely want to be a role model for young dark-skinned girls and girls in general. I want to bring to light ideas of self-love and self-confidence." Featured image courtesy of @TheSunk
PRADA WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE. This is something that I'd only dream of. Thank you Ms Prada, Olivier Rizzo @willyvanderperre @ashleybrokaw @kylehagler and the Next team for giving the little girl from Manch a chance. Can't believe I'm the first black woman to open for Prada since queen @iamnaomicampbell, forever grateful. And thank you to @patmcgrathreal @cheriejohnson56 and @guidopalau they made me look extra chic - PRADA CHIC