With help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Nykhor moved to the United States in 1998.
Nykhor was recently reunited with her parents for the first time in 16 years while in Ethiopia. “Seeing my mother’s face was priceless and everything that I dreamt of while I was in the States,” she tells i-D.
Along with John Legend and Rashida Jones, Nykhor partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help the public understand what refugees go through.
After briefly living in Nebraska and Chicago, in 2008 Nykhor moved to New York and began working with RED Model Management.
Nykhor set up a foundation, We Are Nilotic, to promote peace and unity among the 64 tribes of South Sudan.
In January, Nykhor and Alek Wek pressed a button that lowered the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.