Meet Anok Yai, The First Black Woman To Open For Prada Since Naomi Campbell
For your latest black girl magic news meet Anok Yai. Photographer @thesunk snapped a picture of her at Howard University's Yardfest during their 2017 homecoming in October. Four months later after the image went viral and landed her a modeling contract with Next Management, Yai just became the second woman to open up a Prada show since Naomi Campbell in 1995. "Can't believe I'm the first black woman to open for Prada since queen @iamnaomicampbell, forever grateful," she captioned her picture.
PRADA WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE. This is something that I'd only dream of. Thank you Ms Prada, Olivier Rizzo @willyvanderperre @ashleybrokaw @kylehagler and the Next team for giving the little girl from Manch a chance. Can't believe I'm the first black woman to open for Prada since queen @iamnaomicampbell, forever grateful. And thank you to @patmcgrathreal @cheriejohnson56 and @guidopalau they made me look extra chic - PRADA CHIC 😂💋
The model newbie debuted her signature runway walk in a black "puffer" dress with the Prada logo plaque on the chest pocket and black accessories. Though fashion month is nearing the beginning of the end, a statement like opening up for the Italian fashion brand could mean we'll see more Yai walking in big shows (we still have Paris Fashion Week coming up) or as the face for fall ad campaigns, specifically Prada's. Stay tuned as we followed her rounds for the rest of Milan Fashion Week and possibly Paris.