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This college student ended up opening the Prada show after her homecoming picture went viral


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Plymouth State student became the second black model to open the Prada runway show since Naomi Campbell first opened it in 1997.

Nineteen-year-old Anok Yai is a Sudanese model, in 2000 her family sought asylum in America after they fled the Sudanese Genocide.

Raised in the US, Yai is studying biochemistry in the hope of becoming a doctor.

She signed a major modelling agency after a photographer shared a picture of her taken at Howard University's homecoming weekend in October 2017.

Yai announced that she had been signed by Next Models, nine days after the photograph went viral. 

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

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