OVERNIGHT an exotic dancer had her face known by almost every music fan in the world when Drake put her on his album cover.
The fame has propelled Qui Yauka – known as Suki Baby – into the public eye three years after the now iconic photo was taken.
The album cover for Drake's Her Loss, which was released this week, is a close-up of her face showing her multi-coloured fake lashes and a gold grill over her front two teeth.
It's a stunning rise to fame for the dancer, who was previously the target of vile bullies who targeted her in Japan for the colour of her skin.
Ending the debate as to who chose the snap, rapper 21 Savage wrote: "I Chose This Cover Because This Photo Is So Raw… So Authentic.. Not Fabricated.. Suki Can And Will Only Be Suki."
The striking image has resonated with fans, who have flocked to learn more about the unexpected star.
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Qui, who lives in Huston, Texas, was born in North Carolina before moving to Japan with her mother and father, a computer scientist, who have since split up.
She was born Quiana Yasuka, and is of Japanese, Black, and Cherokee descent. Her first language was Japanese, although she claims she speaks more "slang" than the proper form of the language.
Qui describes the name her parents gave her as a "ghetto Asian name," on Twitch.
She added: "It's ridiculous. I don't know what my dad and mother were thinking."
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The dancer claims most people know her as Suki Baby – her stage name – but she doesn't really mind which moniker is used.
The dancer moved back to America while she was in high school as a result of the constant bullying she experienced in Japan, Complex reports.
Talking about her difficult years in Japan, she said: "The actual reason I ended up coming to America because I was being bullied.
"I was going to school and my teachers would talk so bad about me during nap time," she told gtalks!
Thankfully, she had her mum and grandmother who were determined to protect her.
She said: "My mum used to beat my teachers up. In my city, my mum is known to be that crazy person. My mum is a little hood Japanese woman. She's so small but she's ready."
Passion for nails
Qui added that while there were people who were Japanese and White, her hair type made her stand out.
She claimed her grandma hated seeing the bullying that was happening and encouraged her daughter to take Qui back to the US so she could grow up "strong".
It was her return to America that saw her fall in love with nail art in the Sixth Grade, when a friend's mum did them as a treat.
Qui then started doing it for herself during high school, despite her mum not being thrilled with her little girl wearing acrylics.
It led to her forming a friendship with a nail technician who spoke a little Japanese and encouraged Suki to do designs herself.
During a chat with podcast GTalks! she said her father gave her the idea of including computer chips in her nail art.
Her hard work has paid off and her artworks were featured in a magazine – something she classes as a milestone for her.
Outside of nails, she is also a 3D artist and an exotic dancer with a passion for travel.
She originally had two Instagram profiles to separate her modelling work from her work as a dancer.
But when both pages were deleted she opted to keep her raunchier Suki Baby page as that was where most of her work came through.
Qui claims her stage name, Suki Baby, came from a dog her father and his wife bought that she was supposed to have.
She called the pooch Suki – but the pup ended up having too many health issues and stayed with Qui's father.
She took on the name as a joke with a flatmate but eventually had to tell her family about her career as an exotic dancer when someone tried to blackmail her.
On Twitch Qui said: " I told my dad and his wife I was a stripper. I didn't tell my mum. My dad said he already knew – he didn't. He just wanted to say he did.
"After I told them what the name was, they were so 'what the f***'.
"The only reason I told them was that a year or two ago someone was trying to blackmail me. I don't give a f*** about none of that s***. Its not going to help me or hurt me. So I told my parents."
She doesn't use her given name and dancing name to create two different personas.
She took on the stage name to give her separation from her exotic dancing work when she was outside the building.
During her Twitch videos, she broadcasts from a clean white apartment that has a gold pole in the middle where she practices her dance routines.
She also has an Only Fans page, a TikTok and has set up a website to sell her own merch – but it is currently not up and running.
Despite having her body on show as part of the job, Qui is keen to have a boob job.
The dancer claims she wants to be a D cup so she fills out her clothes better and jokes: "I want to slap people with them. You can't slap people with mosquito bites".
While she has been quiet about her love life on social media, Qui spoke about a former boyfriend with Sickle Cell Anemia on gtalks!
People with the disease produce unusually shaped red blood cells which can cause long-term health issues.
She told how his condition saw him hospitalised for "two weeks or so" which put her behind with her work- both nails and dancing.
Currently, it is not clear if she has a partner. But she does have more ambitions to be in the public eye.
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