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Yumi Nu age and more as Sports Illustrated's first Asian-American curve model returns for cover

Amber Peake May 18, 2022
Yumi Nu age


Yumi Nu broke boundaries when she appeared in Sports Illustrated’s 2021 swimsuit issue. And she’s returned for 2022 – but this time she’s on the cover!

Who is Yumi Nu?

Yumi Nu first started her career in modelling at the age of 12 and has since gone on to walk the runways for Jacquemus and feature in the pages of Vogue.

Away from her life as a model, she is also a singer-songwriter and is the niece of American DJ Steve Aoki.

Nu previously opened up on her relation to the artist while chatting to Into The Gloss. She explained: “My uncle is Steve Aoki and he’s always been an influence for me. And I’ve always sung for him, even when I was younger and bad.”

With a music career of her own, she released an EP entitled Pots & Pans in June last year and at the time, shared her inspiration behind the song on Instagram. She’s releasing a second EP, Hajime, in May this year.

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Model features in Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Swimsuit issue and returns for 2022 cover

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has become a well-known edition of the popular sports magazine, having first started in 1964. Almost six decades later, the issue has become known for celebrating the beauty of women from all walks of life.

As last year’s edition was released, Yumi Nu was the first Asian-American plus-size model to be featured within the magazine‘s pages.

Nu has since appeared on CBS This Morning today as she opened up on her experience as part of the issue. While chatting to CBS’s Weijia Jiang she gushed: “I never thought Sports Illustrated would be a possibility for someone like me.”

Things got even more exciting for Nu this year when she was invited back to be the cover star for Sports Illustrated’s 2022 Swimsuit Edition.

She shared the cover on Instagram to express her excitement.

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How old is Yumi Nu?

Following the model’s feature in Sports Illustrated, some were curious to know Yumi Nu’s age.

She is currently 25 years old but was 24 when she first featured in the magazine.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.