- Anok Yai's Instagram photo went viral recently
- She has now been signed up to one of the world's biggest modeling agencies
- She is originally from South Sudan but has lived in the US from the age of two
Just a few days ago, Anok Yai was simply another 19-year-old university student. However, an Instagram photo has changed that.
A photographer took a photo of her at a recent homecoming party at Howard University in Washington D.C. and shared it on Instagram.
It soon went viral and caught the attention of several modeling agencies. And now, New York-based Next Models, one of the biggest agencies in the world, has signed her up.
The agency confirmed the signing on Twitter by sharing a video of Yai with the caption: "SIGNED — @anok_yai has signed with Next Management worldwide. Please join us in welcoming Anok!"
Yai expressed her joy in an interview: "When [the Instagram post] got to a couple thousand and it just kept going higher and higher, I was surprised. And I was happy. I always wanted it to happen, but it was something I never expected."
She is originally from South Sudan but has lived in the US from the age of two. She is currently studying biochemistry at Plymouth University.
Yai has joined famous models such as Yasmin Warsame, Karlie Kloss and Milla Jovovich, who are all signed to Next Models.
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