Girl, 13, melds dinosaurs and famous women to become an NFT millionaire

Last month, Nyla Hayes' "Long Neckie Lady" portrait sold on Instagram for $6,621.70. In February, she sold a piece for nearly $4,000.

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Nyla Hayes loved brontosaurus dinosaurs as a little girl. She thought they were fascinating and strong. She even gave them the nickname “long neckies.”

As she continued to cultivate a love of drawing, Hayes, now 13, drew on her love of the creature, creating beautiful, unique art pieces with that moniker, and, according to Today.com, it’s made her a millionaire. Last month, the digital artist’s “Long Neckie Lady” portrait sold on Instagram for $6,621.70. In February, a piece of hers sold for nearly $4,000.

Young artist Nyla Hayes combines brontosaurus dinosaurs and women from all corners in her drawings, sold as NFTs, and it’s been incredibly lucrative for her. (Photo: Screenshot/Today.com)

She is selling her work as NFTs — or non-fungible tokens — on social media and through an NFT website that trades in bitcoin.

Hayes’ work depicts women, some famous and some as unknown as it gets. “I love drawing women from all around the world because I really like different cultures and different backgrounds,” she told NBC News Now anchor Savannah Sellers on Thursday, according to the Today.com report.

From Lucille Ball to Michelle Obama, Hayes has made 3,000 original portraits and shares many of them on Instagram, where she has more than 17,000 followers.

She was also named Time magazine’s first “Artist-in-Residence” last October, which was created to celebrate artists who are advancing their careers through NFTs.

“These Artist-in-Residence collections will continue to allow TIME to bring art on to the blockchain that marries the artist’s signature style with a renowned TIME franchise,” they wrote, part of the publication’s “nearly 100-year tradition of highlighting great artists and photographers of a given era while leading the brand into new innovative spaces — in this case NFT’s and Web3.”

As a part of her work with the magazine, Hayes recreated an iconic “Women of the Year” cover featuring Frida Kahlo drawn in her “long-neckie” style.

Hayes has been able to soar to such amazing heights with the support of her mother, Latoya, and an uncle who introduced them to the blockchain.

“I could see how passionate she was about her art, and I just thought like, if I could support her in any way. That’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Latoya told Today.

Hayes describes her mom as her “right hand.”

“Honestly, when I first heard about NFTs I was kind of like, I honestly don’t know about this,” Hayes told Today, “but I’ve been wanting to put my art out for a while, so it was a good platform to do it.”

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