Last week, supermodel Anok Yai made history in a major way at Milan Fashion Week. The Sudanese model, who rose to fame shortly after being discovered at Howard University’s homecoming last year, became the first Black model to open a Prada runway in 20 years.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell became the first Black woman to open a Prada runway show in 1997.
Yai took to Instagram to post the monumental achievement:
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 😂💋