Model Ataui Deng Reported Missing

UPDATE: Sudanese Model Ataui Deng Reported Missing, Now Found

106475-800wPhoto: Tibi Clenci/Beau Monde

Sudanese model, Ataui Deng has been reported missing by a friend and has not been seen for ten days.

Born in Sudan, the 22-year-old was on her way up in the modeling world. Having posed for ELLE France, Zac Posen, Lanvin and Oscar de la Renta her smooth ebony skin and slender frame were her most prominent features. She even posed beside Jourdan Dunn for Rihanna’s River Island campaign last year.

Reports have noted that she went missing over a week ago in New York City’s Lower East Side.

The missing report from her friend reads: MISSING: My friend Ataui Deng has been missing for 10 days. She was last seen in the Lower East Side of New York City. She is 5 feet 10 inches tall and slim. If you see her please email Thank you.

According to to the local NBC affiliate:

Ataui-Deng Hopkins was last seen leaving the rooftop XVI Lounge on West 48th Street, near Eighth Avenue, at around midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 6, according to police. Hopkins, who models professionally under the name Ataui Deng, lives on the Lower East Side, police said.

She last posted to Instagram on Aug 2, and has since been mum on social media. Deng’s modeling agency, Trump Management has yet to make a statement regarding her whereabouts.



The New York Police Department found Deng Monday night at a local hospital; she had checked herself in under an alias. The public and a couple celebrities spread the word about the missing model, including Rihanna.

Grant Monohon, Deng’s boyfriend, reported her missing after not hearing from her for days. He and her family say that it’s not unusual for the 6’1″ model to “take off for a day or two” but ten days in, was a definite concern.

The exact hospital she was found it was not revealed and there’s no word on what her ailment was, but she is safe.


  • Shilee

    wow! I pray for her safe return!

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    I hope she wasn’t kidnapped..

  • sassy

    Grant Monohon was one of the last people to see Deng. He had a romantic relationship with Deng, and tells the Voice the two of them lived together. Monohon is an actor who’s had roles in Transamerica and Lady in the Water; he also works in PR. He organized the event at the Attic the night Deng went missing. The model was acting “irregularly” that night, Monohon says.

    Around midnight, he says, “I walked outside with her. I gave her my keys, she didn’t want them. She’s just standing there. I was working, I had to go back inside.”

    Deng, Monohon says, will sometimes disappear for a day or two, but this is different. She began missing professional appointments, and other people started calling him, asking where she was. “Her bookers hit me up like, ‘Where’s she at?,’ Your guess is as good as mine.” About four days ago, he went to the police. HE WAS INVLOVED

    • so sad

      what kind of evil person dosen’t report their partner missing? it’s very suspicious. I pray that she is still alive.

  • NYC Gal

    Oh my! I hope everything is okay with Ataui Deng and that she returns safely. Such a beautiful girl!

  • Just Sayin

    I pray that she returns safe and sound.

  • Lola E Cola

    She has been found. She was in the hospital

  • DRUNK247

    Have they asked lupita?