Popular Dinka-Sudan runway model Ataui-Deng Hopkins has reported been found after confirmed missing by authorities on August 8th 2014 after exiting Lower East Side New York City XVI Lounge two days prior around midnight on August 6th. The niece of world-renounced Sudan supermodel Alek Wek reportedly checked herself into St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital early Monday, after being reported missing for two weeks.
No word of any bodily harm or mental disabilities has surfaced after the 5’10” Brooklyn model admitted herself in the hospital’s care. She still remains a patient at St. Luke’s Roosevelt, with no word of anticipated release. Hopkins boyfriend early on in her disappearance that he was with her the moment she exited the lounge and wandered off by herself, stating this was a normal trait of Hopkins:
“We walked out of the club together. She didn’t say anything. She just left and I expected her to come back and she didn’t,” said Hopkins boyfriend Grant
Monohon. Monohon didn’t state the two had a disagreement but did mention she has been acting “irregular” and having personal issues. Monohon elborated, “It’s not irregular for her (Hopkins) not to come back fro a day or two. On the third day I was getting really worried.”
Ataui-Deng is currently going through a divorce with fellow Trump model Kourtney Hopkins.
While missing for two weeks, New York police continuously sought the whereabouts of the 22 year-old and received a single tip from near by Deli shop. Deli worker told police that they last seen Ataui-Deng Hopkins inside the deli looking “sad” and attempted to buy cigarettes and snack; however, her credit card was rejected. Friends first publicly raised concern on Monday, when a fellow model tweeted that Ataui hadn’t been seen in two weeks. Celebrities including Rihanna rallied to raise awareness and find Ataui, who modeled for her River Island collection. Ataui-Deng agency retreated to instagram seeking any information on the whereabouts of their model.
Discovered in 2008, after only four-years of being in the U.S. in San Antonio, Texas residing with her aunt/famous British model Alek Wek. Ataui relocated to New York from Texas in the same year, found her home agency with Trump and made her runway debut in September 2008 with Zac Posen, all while still in High School. Ataui-Deng is most notably recognized for her 2010 close in the Spring/Summer ’11 Lanvin show in Paris, alongside Ajak Deng, Jeneil Williams, Melodie Monrose, and Jourdan Dunn.
Hopkins has maintain a steady workload in 2014 thus far. Back in February, Hopkins walked in five Fall/Winter shows for Wildfox, Desigual, Emerson by Jackie Fraser Swan, Mara Hoffman, and Bibhu Mohapatra. Leading into the summer, Ataui-Deng was featured various editorials inside Vogue Germany, Fat Man, and Metal Magazine. Her last reported credited work included a published editorial photographed by Kristiina Wilson back in April. Ataui-Deng Hopkins is professionally represented by Trump Management in the U.S. and internationally represented by Elite. Trump Models announced her safe return via social media outlet instagram.
Hopkins has yet to deliver an official statement or comment on missing situation.
- Alek Wek
- Ataui-Deng Hopkins
- Bibhu Mophapatra
- Elite Milan
- Elite Paris
- Emerson by Jackie Fraser Swan
- Kristiina Wilson
- Mara Hoffman
- NY Post
- St. Luke's Roosevelt
- Trump Management
- Trump Models
- Vogue Germany
- XVI Lounge