South Sudanese Anok Yai for Elle USA January 2019.

Egyptian-born American fashion model of Sudanese descent, Anok Yai whose Howard University’s homecoming photo went viral is now on the cover of Elle magazine. 

Anok Yai became a viral sensation after a photo of her taken during a Howard University’s homecoming weekend landed on Instagram, attracting the attention of modeling agencies and eventually, high-end designers and publications.


The 21-year-old is the second black model to open a Prada show after Naomi Campbell, and the first Sudanese model to do so.

Photo Credit: @elleusa

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