A New Hampshire college student has earned herself a modeling contract after a stunning photo of her at a music festival went viral.
Anok Yai, a 19-year-old sophomore at Plymouth State University, went viral last weekend after a photographer snapped a couple pictures of her while she was attending Howard University’s popular homecoming festivities in Washington, D.C.
via Boston Globe:
A New Hampshire college student’s dreams to become a model may be one step closer to coming true with the help of a viral photograph and a flock of supportive new social media followers. Anok Yai, a 19-year-old sophomore at Plymouth State University, was at a homecoming event at Howard University in Washington, D.C., last weekend when a photographer took her photo for his Instagram account, theSUNK.
Yai, who grew up in Manchester, N.H., after moving from Egypt with her family in 2000, said fashion and art have always interested her, but modeling just felt like a far-fetched dream. She studies biochemistry, but said she could see herself modeling now as a part-time gig. Three modeling agencies have already reached out to her, she said Tuesday night. Yai said she was genuinely surprised by everyone’s reactions. When she first saw the photo, her initial thought was that she disliked the way her face looked and considered it “an average photo.”
“At first, I questioned what everyone was seeing because I didn’t really see it,” she said. “Honestly, I think that people get so used to seeing themselves that people don’t see their own beauty because they see it every day.”
Yai, a biochemistry student at Plymouth State University, moved to the United States with her family from Egypt in 2000.
So far, Yai said she’s heard from three different modeling agencies.