A photographer snapped a few images of the 19-year-old Anok Yai for his Instagram account, last weekend while she was attending Howard University’s popular homecoming festivities in Washington, D.C.
Anok grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is a sophomore at Plymouth State University. Two photographs of her have gone viral on social media are bringing her dream of becoming a model closer to reality.
He said he was photographing people with nice outfits and there was a chance her photos could go viral, according to The Boston Globe.
The photos had been liked more than 11,000 times by Sunday, shocking Yai.
‘My phone just started vibrating rapidly for a long, long time,’ Yai told the Globe of the moment she realized her photo was going viral. At first, I honestly thought someone made a meme of me or something.’
‘It was a dream that I always wanted, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen,’ she said.
The 19-year-old sophomore said that when she first saw the photos she initially didn’t like them and considered them ‘average’.
‘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.”
Her new followers on the social media app began tagging numerous modeling agencies to give her a contract.