Most people attend HBCU homecomings for a turn-up, but looks like Anok Yai might get a modeling contract out of it.
A picture of the 19-year-old South Sudanese student (biochemistry major at Plymouth State University) went viral over the weekend when photographer Steve ‘theSUNK’ Hall asked her to strike a post at Howard University's notorious Yardfest.
Of course, as one does, Steve shared the photo with his 13K followers — and the rest, ladies and gents, was pure Internet magic. See for yourself below:
“It wasn’t until later that evening that I picked up my phone and found hundreds of Instagram notifications piling in,” Anok told Yahoo! in an interview.
“Before all this happened, I had around 150 followers and was getting about 20 to 30 likes on each photo, and then suddenly, these numbers skyrocketed in a matter of hours.”
Anok’s image has been nearly everywhere since then — and of course, she’s flattered by all the attention.
“I’ve always thought about modeling,” she says. “It’s a dream that I’ve had for a long time, but always pushed to the side because of self-doubt and distractions from school. Now I see this dream as something a lot more attainable.”
The lesson here? Never miss Howard Homecoming. You might become a star!