Anok Yai

Anok Yai is a popular South Sudanese-born American fashion model. She’s the first South Sudanese woman to open a Prada show, following Naomi Campbell. Yai is one of models.coms “Top 50” models. Firstly, Vogue Japan put her on the cover in 2019 and Vogue Netherlands and Vogue Germany featured her on the cover in 2020. She shared the cover of Vogue with Ariel Nicholson, Bella Hadid, and Kaia Gerber in September 2021.


Birth Date20 December, 1994
Birth PlaceCairo, Egypt
NationalitySudanese, American
Height5 ft 10 inches
FeaturesTall height, dark brown hair & brown eyes
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Her family moved from Cairo to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was two years old. Her mother works as a nurse, while her father works for Easterseals; Alim is her manager and financial consultant. She graduated from Manchester High School West and is pursuing a degree in biochemistry at Plymouth State University. With the goal of becoming a physician.

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Anok Yai Met Gala

During Howard University‘s homecoming week in October 2017. Yai was discovered by professional photographer Steve ‘theSUNK’ Hall, who wanted to photograph her. Modeling firms, including IMG Models, sought to contact her after he uploaded the shot on Instagram which received over 20,000 likes. She eventually decided to join with Next Model Management after being contacted on a daily basis for several weeks.

Anok Yai Prada

She became the first Sudanese model to open a Prada fashion show in just four months which considered the pinnacle achievement in fashion modelling due to the careers Prada has spawned. She’ featured in the Prada SS 2018 campaign and a forthcoming Nike campaign produced by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy.

Anok Yai Vogue

She told Vogue about her watershed moment.

“It was an honour and a privilege to chosen as the first to open. But this is bigger than me. Opening for one of the world’s most prestigious fashion brands sends a message to the world. Especially to black women – that their beauty is something to be proud of.”

Anok Yai Estee Lauder

Yai also joined the Estee Lauder team as a spokes model in July 2018.

Anok Yai Tom Ford

The star also appeared in the TV show “Tom Ford“.

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