College Student’s Viral Photos Leads to Modeling Agency Calls

Anok Yai, a biochemistry major, initially thought she looked 'average' in the photos.

October 30, 2017 3:30 pm

A biochemistry student from Plymouth State University is now fielding multiple modeling offers after a photographer snapped some pictures of her for his Instagram account and the photos went viral, the Boston Globe is reporting. Click to the right to see both pictures.

Saw her right at the end of Yardfest. Stunning @anokyai #huhc #huhomecoming #theyard #fro #curlyhair #darkskin #sudanese

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Anok Yai, a 19-year-old from New Hampshire, was visiting Howard University’s homecoming when the picture was taken, according to the Globe. Yai, whose family moved to the states from Egypt in 2000, told the newspaper that she didn’t take photographer @thesunk seriously when he said the picture could go viral.

“My phone just started vibrating rapidly for a long, long time,” Yai told the Boston Globe, recalling when the picture started to gain traction online. “At first, I honestly thought someone made a meme of me or something.”

She also noted that she thought she looked “average” when she first saw the photos.

“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 everyday.”

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