Yumi Nu

Yumi Nu is an American model and singer-songwriter, known for appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2022, becoming the first plus-size model of Asian descent to do so.

Date of birth

She was born on 23 September 1996.


She is of Japanese and Dutch descent. Nu's mother, Kana Grace Nootenboom, is the daughter of Rocky Aoki, the founder of the Benihana restaurant chain. Her mother modeled and brought Nu to participate in shoots as an infant. Nu is the niece of Devon Aoki and Steve Aoki.

Early life

Nu's family moved from New Jersey to Maryland when she was seven years old. She said that she was one of two Asian girls in her school, and was subject to prejudiced comments. When she was 14 years old, her family moved to Newport Beach, California.


Details regarding her education are not yet available.

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Her love life is not yet publicly known.

Net worth

Not yet established.


Nu began modeling in 2010. She began practicing songwriting at the age of 12, and wrote her first song in 2016. Nu released an extended play (EP) in June 2019. Nu is signed to her uncle's record label, Dim Mak Records.

Nu created Blueki, a plus-size clothing line. She was on the cover of the American and Japanese editions of Vogue in 2021, and also appeared in British Vogue.

Nu made her debut appearance in Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Issue in 2021, becoming the first Asian plus-size model to appear. Nu will be one of the cover models for the Swimsuit Issue in 2022, and is releasing her second EP, Hajime, in May 2022.

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