In the era of exclusives, casting directors have the power to change the trajectory of a budding model’s career. Such is the story of new Prada darling Anok Yai who was selected by Miuccia Prada and Ashley Brokaw to open the show last night. A viral Instagram post on a visit to Howard University’s homecoming catapulted the college student into high fashion stardom as she joins history as only the second black model to open the famed brand’s runway since Naomi Campbell in the 90s. Such a momentous milestone seems sullied when armed with the question “Why did it take so long?”, yet hopefully the positive swing towards inclusiveness and Prada’s dominating influence impacts Milan’s trailing diversification.
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 😂💋