This model was scouted on Instagram and just opened for Prada Fall 2018
And she's making history.
Egyptian-born, Anok Yai, recently made history, by being the first black woman to open for Prada in twenty years.
Yai opening for Prada will not only be a landmark in her own career, but for the industry too. Previously, Prada has been called out for their lack of diversity with no models of colour taking to the catwalk between Naomi Campbell (1997) and Jourdan Dunn (2008).
The 19 year old college student was photographed at her University's homecoming in Washington D.C, and the photo went viral when agencies all over the world were commenting on it, trying to get in touch with the young student. She wasn’t even a fan of the photo, saying she thought it made her look like a “deer in headlights” and describing it as “average”.
Anok Yai announced late last year that she chose to sign with Next Models in New York City, where she has recently located to.
"I will remember the experience of opening the show as my breakthrough moment. Just modelling for Prada alone is a huge opportunity and the fact that Miuccia and Ashley put me front and centre sets the tone for my career." Yai currently has two Prada shows and three campaigns sitting pretty on her CV. "I am just so excited about where this will take me, and I couldn't be happier."
"I only found out I was going to be opening about an hour before it started. When I was backstage, I noticed that the production team was really going crazy about making sure my hair and make-up was done, but I didn't really think anything of it. Before we all changed into our looks, the production team had me do a walk-through of the runway for a third time. I asked her why I was the only one doing it and that's when I was told I was opening. I was pretty anxious before walking but the second I got on the catwalk all the nerves went away."
We can't wait to see more of what Anok Yai's future holds.