Teen From Viral Howard Homecoming Photo Lands Modeling Contract


Anok Yai had no clue one photograph would change her life. The teen, who went viral during homecoming season for her stunning looks, has landed a major modeling contract.

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On Tuesday (Nov. 1), Yai signed to Next Management after attending Howard University’s homecoming festivities. Yai, 19, crossed paths with photographer Steven Hall who shared a photo of the fashionable Plymouth State University student.

In an interview with The Boston Globe, the South Sudanese beauty says she figured the photo would bring her a few followers, but nothing too crazy. “My phone just started vibrating rapidly for a long, long time,” Yai said. “At first, I honestly thought someone made a meme of me or something.”

Admirers of the photo helped petition the idea of a modeling contract, which was something that always passed Yai’s mind. “It was a dream that I always wanted, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen,” she said. Several agencies vied for the student, but Next Management caught her attention.


Yai plans to continue studying biochemistry while enjoying her modeling gigs in a part time manner. “Thank you to everyone that’s supported me along the way; hope you follow me on this journey,” she shared on the place that started it all–Instagram.

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