Yumi Nootenboom, better known as Yumi Nu, is an American model and singer-songwriter. She appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2022, becoming the first plus-size model of Asian descent to do so.
Years active: 2010–present
Born age: September 23, 1996, 26 years old and 11 months, Englewood, New Jersey, U.S
Sun Sign: Libra
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Measurements: 38-37-52 in / 96.5 – 94-132 cm
Bra size: 38DD US / 85E EU
Rocky Aoki (grandfather)
Steve Aoki (uncle)
Devon Aoki (aunt)
She is of Japanese and Dutch descent. Her 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’s family moved from New Jersey to Maryland when she was seven years old.
She has stated that she was one of two Asian students in her school, and experienced racism while living in Maryland.
When she was 14 years old, her family moved to Newport Beach, California.
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 was one of the cover models for the Swimsuit Issue in 2022, and released her second EP, Hajime, in May 2022.
She is the first ever plus-size Asian model to be featured as Sports Illustrated’s cover model.
She was also invited to the White House‘s celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2022.
Nu resides in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Her younger sister, Natalie Nootenboom, is also a model.
She began modeling when she was a teenager. Before staring her modeling career, she originally wanted to be a musician.
Prior to becoming Sport Illustrated’s first plus-size cover model in 2022, a year prior she made her first ever modeling appearance for SI in 2021. She has also been featured in three different versions of Vogue magazine.