Who is Yumi Nu?

YUMI Nu is making headlines for her 2022 Sports Illustrated cover.

The musician and model is one of the four models selected for the Sports Illustrated cover in 2022 along with Kim Kardashian.

Yumi Nu on the cover for Sports Illustrated photographed by James Macari, on newsstands July 20, 2022

Yumi Nu on the cover for Sports Illustrated photographed by James Macari, on newsstands July 20, 2022Credit: James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Who is Yumi Nu?

Yumi was born on September 23, 1996, Parade reports.

She is a Japanese-Dutch singer and model who is 25 years old.

The singer has over 100K followers on her Instagram where she often promotes her music.

Nu is represented by The Society Management of New York City.

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Her most recent release on Apple Music was on May 4, 2022, for her single titled Illusions.

Some of Nu’s other singles include Gully, Sandcastles, and Bouquets.

In April 2022 she graced the cover of Vogue Japan and wrote a message on her Instagram about the accomplishment.

“For as long as I could remember, I’ve been telling my agents and any agency I met with that I wanted to be the first plus size model on the cover of Japanese Vogue,” she wrote.

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“Asian culture has been slower to champion body diversity or inclusion and for me one of my biggest missions as a model was to start to change that. This cover marks a huge step in the right direction.”

When does Yumi Nu’s Sports Illustrated cover release?

On May 16, 2022, Nu revealed that she was making history once again as the first first-ever Asian plus-size model featured in Sports Illustrated.

Nu’s Sports Illustrated cover will be on newsstands on July 20, 2022.

This is not her first time being featured in the swim magazine, as she was featured back in July 2021.

Singer and model Yumi Nu attends the Yumi Nu 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Reveal on May 11, 2022

Singer and model Yumi Nu attends the Yumi Nu 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Reveal on May 11, 2022Credit: Getty Images – Getty

On May 16 it was revealed on Good Morning America that Kim Kardashian will also be on the cover for May 2022.

The two will also be joined by the singer Ciara and model, and activist Maye Musk, for 2022 SI covers.

What has Yumi Nu said about her Sports Illustrated cover?

Nu is “still processing” the fact that she is on the cover of the July issue of the popular magazine.

“It’s hard to even process or say out loud because I still can’t believe it,” Nu tells PEOPLE.

“It truly shattered the ceiling of what I knew to be possible for myself. I’m eternally grateful.”

She also told the magazine that her teen self “would have lived a different life” if she could see Nu’s 2022 cover.

“Collaboration with SI Swim is a no brainer for me — they aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what used to be normal for the media,” Nu said.

“I think we both have the same intention. We want people to feel good in their skin. We want to be on the frontline of change in the industry.”

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The singer also touched on being a second-generation Japanese American woman in media.

“Japanese culture values being skinny, dainty and small, so for me to be on the cover of Vogue Japan meant being seen and being honored by a culture that often makes people with bigger bodies like mine feel invisible,” she shared.

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