Modeling agencies reach out to woman featured in viral photos

A 19-year-old student is set to become a model after pictures of her went viral.

Anok Yai is a sophomore at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and she was snapped by a photographer at Howard University’s homecoming celebrations in Washington, DC last weekend.

But after the photos were posted by the photographer on his Instagram account, TheSUNK, Yai went viral.

Saw her right at the end of Yardfest. Stunning @anokyai #huhc #huhomecoming #theyard #fro #curlyhair #darkskin #sudanese

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Not only were the images widely shared and commented upon, but they’ve even led to Yai being contacted by multiple model agencies who want to sign her.

“Saw her right at the end of Yardfest,” wrote the photographer. “Stunning @anokyai.”

He was looking for the best dressed students at the event and Yai caught his eye. She thought perhaps she could gain a few more followers so struck a pose and moved on.

But the reaction to the pictures was greater than Yai could’ve imagined.

The artist shared two photos of Yai, which have now racked up over 11,000 likes and hundreds of comments on Instagram.

Speaking to the Boston Globe about when she realised her photos were going viral, Yai said: “My phone just started vibrating rapidly for a long, long time.

“At first, I honestly thought someone made a meme of me or something.”

 
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